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Meetings during the pandemic

For information specific to condominiums, please access this Fact Sheet.

More information about group sizes can be found at: alberta.ca/COVID19.

Virtual meetings

Condominium corporations can conduct meetings and hold votes using digital technology, if their bylaws do not prohibit it. If an owner has provided their email address, the corporation must sent them an electronic meeting notice.

If the corporation wants to meet and vote in person, or if its bylaws already allow for online meeting and voting, no changes are required.

If the corporation wants to meet and vote electronically, but its bylaws prohibit such actions, the bylaws need to be adjusted.

Expiry of Ministerial Order

Ministerial Order 009/2020 expired on August 14, 2020 and will not be extended.

As of August 14, 2020 condominium corporations are required to hold annual general meetings and / or any special general meetings requested by owners under the Condominium Property Act:

  • annual general meetings are to be held no more than 15 months after the previous AGM
  • this timeline was temporarily placed on pause as of April 9, 2020 by the Ministerial Order, which has now lapsed

Effective December 8, 2020 Alberta has declared a State of Public Health Emergency to protect the health care system from COVID-19. All indoor and outdoor social gatherings are prohibited, but condominium corporations are still required to find a way to conduct their AGMs.

Corporations are recommended to work with their legal counsel and condominium manager to identify rules of procedure for meetings and methods for voting electronically.

Information regarding entry

Emergency access continues to be permitted as per the legislation. Access to units for non-emergency reasons is permissible, once the required notice has been provided.

To support a healthy relaunch, continue acting safely to prevent the spread. Find out how at alberta.ca/COVID19.

Recent changes

Condominium Manager Licensing

Starting December 1, 2021, all individuals and companies that provide condominium management services in Alberta must be licensed by the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA). For more information: Condominium Manager Licensing.

Converted Property Studies

Converted Property Studies (CPS) are now required for all condominium conversions, replacing the Building Assessment Report (BAR).

Service Alberta amended the Condominium Property Regulation so that effective July 1, 2021, developers must prepare and provide a CPS to purchasers of a condominium unit that is in a building converted from a former use.

More information is available: Converted property study requirements for developers – Fact sheet.

Cutting red tape for condos

To ease the administrative burden on condo boards and corporations, and help condo owners protect their investment, condominium rules consultations were held in 2019. The feedback received during the consultations led to revisions to the Condominium Property Act that came into force on January 1, 2020.

Fact sheets

Condominium fact sheets are available for the following categories:

Bylaws

Insurance

Ownership

Reserve funds

Director’s Interpretation Bulletins

Section 62.6 of the Condominium Property Act allows for its director to issue advisory options and interpretation bulletins regarding the insurance-related sections of the Act or the Condominium Property Regulation.

This allows Service Alberta to provide clarity or further information on insurance-related provisions in the condominium legislation.

These bulletins are not legally binding but can be used by those who are seeking further guidance on the insurance requirements for condominium corporations. Bulletins will be posted here when they are issued.

Qualifications for reserve fund study providers

The Condominium Property Regulation requires reserve fund study providers to have specific training or qualifications. In addition to those listed in section 21.1 of the Regulation, other training and qualifications (PDF, 1.0 MB) are recognized by Service Alberta.

Superintendent of Insurance bulletin

A number of local and global factors are currently driving up the costs of condominium insurance across Canada. Examples include increasing frequency and severity of condominium property claims, and increasing property values. To help alleviate some of the premium increases, the Superintendent of Insurance is curtailing the use of ‘best terms pricing’ on condominium insurance policies.

For more information, see the Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin (PDF, 424 KB).

Resources

Contact

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