Condominiums represent about 50 per cent of all new homes built in Ontario, with about 10 per cent of the province’s population calling a condominium home. There are about 600,000 condominium units with 9,000 condominium corporations.
Linda Pinizzotto, president and founder of the Condo Owners Association of Ontario, told Torstar Wednesday her group agrees “that condominium management companies and condominium managers need to have a government licensing structure.”
The ongoing review is looking at what mandatory qualifications there should be for condominium managers and how to oversee licensing and standards. A final report is expected by the end of the summer.
Even though many managers are responsible for buildings worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, with matching operating budgets, they are not required to have training or an understanding of the Condominium Act.
“On behalf of the Association of Condominium Managers and more than 800 registered condominium managers, we are pleased that the government recognizes the importance of a regulated condominium management profession,” said Dean McCabe, vice-president operations, Wilson Blanchard Management Inc., and past president, Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario.
Toronto NDP MPP Rosario Marchese, longtime champion of condominium law reform, saw his hopes for a private member’s bill dealing with condo protection dashed last fall when then-premier Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature.
Under his proposed law, there would be a condo review board, a tribunal to resolve disputes among owners, condominium boards, property managers, and developers.