Engagement status: Closed winter 2019
Ministry responsible: Service Alberta

Overview

Clear and modern legislation is needed to protect condominium owners and support the responsible self-governance of condo communities.

The Condominium Property Amendment Act was passed in December 2014. Since then, we've been working to develop the regulations to bring more than 50 amendments into force.

It’s important to get these rules right for the hundreds of thousands of current and future condo owners in Alberta.

Engagement timeline

Regulations will be developed in three stages of public engagement.

  • Stage 1 - Complete

    The first stage of regulation changes, based on feedback received during consultations held in 2015, focused on new protections for buyers of newly built and conversion condominiums, including:

    • better purchase disclosures at the point-of-sale, including occupancy date for their unit
    • realistic operating budget and estimated condo fees
    • trust money safeguards
    • cancellation rights for certain long term contracts entered into by the developer

    Regulation changes:

  • Stage 2 - Complete

    The second stage of regulation changes, based on feedback received during consultations in 2017 and 2018, addressed how condo boards govern themselves, including:

    • improvements to voting rules such as proxy votes, so more owners can participate in board meetings
    • notice of and ways to attend general meetings
    • easier access to condo documents
    • stronger financial accountability of condo corporations
    • more protections for condo owners' investments
    • strengthening how reserve funds are managed
    • insurance requirements and rental deposits

    Regulation changes:

    We are working closely with the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to create an education and licensing program for condo managers. For more information:

  • Stage 3 - Coming soon

    The third stage of regulation changes will establish a condominium dispute tribunal. The tribunal is intended to be an affordable and efficient forum to resolve disputes between condo boards, owners, occupants and other interested parties.

    Once available, it will provide a lower-cost alternative to the courts for condo owners.

    The tribunal’s jurisdiction and structure will be determined during this stage.

Outcomes

The engagement will help us develop modern, fair rules for condominium owners, developers, managers, corporations and others.

Public input will inform the development of governance and insurance regulations, and recommendations to establish a dispute resolution tribunal.

A staged implementation is planned due to the complexity and scope of the amendments.

Resources

Contact

For questions about the new regulations, please contact the:

Condominium Project Team
Email: condoreview@gov.ab.ca

For general questions, please contact the:

Consumer Contact Centre
Toll-free: 1-877-427-4088
Email: service.alberta@gov.ab.ca

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