Condo Corporation Board Directors

Each condo owner is a member of a condo corporation. The condominium corporation is responsible for managing the affairs of a condominium, such as property, finances, corporation records and reserve fund studies.

Condo owners elect a board of directors to oversee the condo property and the affairs of the condo corporation. Currently, there are no educational requirements to become a director of a condominium board. Recent amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 permit mandatory training to be identified for condo directors to ensure smoother operation of condo corporations.

There are currently no training requirements to become a condominium corporation board member. However, recent amendments to the Condominium Act, once proclaimed into force, would permit the Minister or the board of the CAO to designate mandatory training for board directors. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has recently posted a draft regulation to Ontario’s Regulatory Registry that would delegate responsibility for the designation and delivery of mandatory director education to the CAO. Click here for more information on the draft regulation.

Condo Managers

The elected board of directors must make decisions for the condominium corporation on behalf of the owners, and often hires someone to carry out the day-to-day operations. This person is called a condominium manager.

Currently, there are no minimum requirements in Ontario for providing condominium management services as a condominium manager or condominium management provider. However, during the recent review of the Condominium Act, 1998, the province was urged to set clear, mandatory standards to ensure a reasonable level of competence and integrity for condo managers and condominium management providers.

These recommendations are being implemented through the new Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 (the “Condominium Management Services Act”). If designated, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO) will administer the new Condominium Management Services Act and regulations made under it. Regulations would, among other things, set out requirements to apply for a licence, a code of ethics for licensees, and provisions governing the conduct of licensees, which will set out training and education requirements for condo managers, as well as a compulsory licensing system and code of ethics for Ontario’s condo managers and condo management service providers. There will also be a process for responding to complaints regarding condo managers and condo management providers.

The CAO will be able to provide more information, tools, and resources for condo owners after it is designated and fully functioning. Until then, the Ontario government is offering further information about how condos are run.