Since its launch in November 2017, the Condominium Authority Tribunal has only handled disputes related to requests for records. As anticipated, that will change soon.
Effective October 1, 2020, with amendments to Ontario Regulation 179/17 under the Condominium Act, 1998, the jurisdiction of the Tribunal will be expanded to deal with disputes related to:
The pending changes to Ontario Regulation 179/17 and the implementation of Sections 132 (4.1) and 134 (2.4) will redirect these new disputes to the CAT, away from mediation, arbitration and the courts.
The types of disputes that will be able to be filed include:
As noted in the CondoAdvisor article referenced below, there is some concern that the fact that the CAT does not award legal fees to the successful party may lead to more owners risking a legal dispute. Existing indemnification provisions found in governing documents may not be available to corporations as the CAT will also acquire jurisdiction over disputes pertaining to these.
For more information, see:
Condo Tribunal Expands Jurisdiction to Deal with Pets, Parking, Lockers and Chargebacks! (August 26, 2020) – CondoAdvisor
Condominium Authority Tribunal – Expansion of Types of Disputes (August 26, 2020) – Shibley Righton Condo Law Newsletter
Government to Expand the Jurisdiction of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (August 27, 2020) – Davidson Houle Allan LLP
Expansion of Disputes at Condominium Authority Tribunal – Fresh off the Press! (August 26, 2020) – Lash Condo Law