Effective October 1, 2020, amendments to Ontario Regulation 179/17 under the Condominium Act, 1998, will take effect to expand the jurisdiction of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) to handle more types of disputes through its online dispute resolution system.
The additional types of disputes that the CAT will be able to resolve include certain disputes related to provisions of a condominium corporation's declaration, by-laws or rules that:
- prohibit, restrict or otherwise govern pets or other animals, parking, vehicles or storage, in a unit, the common elements or the assets, if any, of the corporation.
- govern the indemnification or compensation of the corporation, an owner or a mortgagee in relation to these above-noted disputes.
In addition, two unproclaimed sections of the Condominium Act (sections 132(4.1) and 134(2.4)), will come into effect on October 1, 2020. This will ensure that parties to disputes that are intended to be resolved by the CAT go to the CAT to resolve their disputes, rather than to the courts, or to mediation and arbitration, as applicable.
Further updates about the CAT, including any future expansion of its jurisdiction, will be communicated as appropriate. For more information on the CAT, please visit the Condominium Authority of Ontario's (CAO's) website here: https://www.condoauthorityontario.ca/en-US/tribunal/