Virtual meetings approved
Bill 53: the Service Alberta Statutes (Virtual Meetings) Amendment Act received Royal Assent on March 26, 2021 and is now in force. It updates rules to allow organizations to provide meeting notices, conduct meetings and hold votes using digital technology, if their bylaws do not prohibit it. Learn more.
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.
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.
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.
The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is working to create an education and licensing program for condo managers. For more information visit RECA: Condominium Manager Regulation Consultation.
Condominium fact sheets are available for the following categories:
- checklist: condominium documents for purchasers of new condominiums
- condominium documents for owners, mortgagees and prospective purchasers
- condominium unit rentals
- owning a condominium (tip sheet)
- purchasing a condominium (tip sheet)
- resolving condominium disputes
- special levies
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.
- Insurance Deductible Clarifications
- Standard Insurable Unit Description – Clarifications
- Standard Insurable Unit Description – Unit Classes
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).
- Condominium Property Act
- Condominium Property Regulation
- Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2014
- Personal information and condominium corporations
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