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Condo Owners Guard your AGM Proxy

How Proxies Effect a  Condo Election


Condo Owners please be extremely careful when you turn over your proxy to another person/s, a Condo Manager or Management Company or another 3rd party.   The new licensing standards for Condo Management companies and Condo Managers prevents a Condo Manager in particular from soliciting for proxies either for voting and/or for quorum.   Unfortunately, there is no exclusion at this time to prevent Condo Managers from receiving proxies and/or accepting the position as a proxy holder on behalf of an on-site or off-site Condo Owners who owns within the same Corporation where that Condo Manager represents. 

The New Condominium Act and during the whole review process identified the need for licensing as a result of a thorough research into the industry.   It appears as though more considerations and/or alerts need to be identified and regulated when it comes to Proxy Holders who have a conflict of interest in the voting process if there is a direct involvement with the same Condo Corporation.  

It is imperative for Condo Owners to have fair and honest representation when electing candidates as a Board Members.  Any manipulation relating to proxies and/or conflicts of those holding proxies can influence and control the final results of the elections.  Remember candidates could be elected for up to 3 year terms and it is very difficult to remove Board Members in accordance with the Condo Act.   It is best to ensure that Candidates win on their own merits and legitimate voting process.
 

Do you know or suspect if your condo building has this problem?  

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Bruce

Dufferin ( map )

Elgin

Essex

Frontenac (formerly Frontenac Management Board)

Grey

Haliburton

Hastings

Huron

Lambton

Lanark

Leeds & Grenville

Lennox and Addington ( map )

Middlesex

Northumberland

Oxford

Perth

Peterborough

Prescott and Russell, United Counties

Renfrew

Simcoe


Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Wellington

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COA provides condominium information to help Condominium Owners and Buyers.     

Founder President CEO of the Condo Owners Association, Linda Pinizzotto is a Registered Real Estate Sales Representative and has provided the COA with this condo information section.  She is an Award Winning Realtor,  Government Relations Chair and Director of a local Real Estate Board and provides consumer awareness on her Condo Radio Show.  Whether you own or are considering to buy a low-rise or high-rise apartment condominium; a stacked townhouse or standard townhouse; a commercial condominium or  land; protect yourself and read this very important information.

  

Buying a Condominium - New Vs Resale Condominium Purchases


NEW REGULATION


CONDOMINIUM OWNERSHIP

  

GOVERNMENT LINKS

Superior Court Rulings

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM CONDO OWNERS

We have been invited by Minister Best of The Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Services to participate with "Building a Better Condo Act" which is a condo reform to ensure better protection and governance for Condo Owners.

Mention has been made on the importance of hiring a good property management company and how they may influence a well-maintained Condo and keep maintenance lower.  COA has submitted an extensive report to the Ministry.  It is important for Condo Owners to understand that the Property Manager only impliments decisions of the Board of Directors as the Contracted Property Management company employee.  Recommendations are extremely important however Condo Board Members need to be informed and aware that they have a fiduciary duty to comply to the Condo Act when making decisions on behalf of the Corporation therefore must accept responsibilities of their decisions and not leave it in the hands of their Property Manager.   The Board of Directors have too much power no doubt and many of them abuse the power and do not comply to the Condo Act.  The Condo Act is self-governed which is the largest single problem of the Act and it needs to contain diciplinary and a fine process for those who do not comply to the Act.  It is no different from the various other Acts in affect  Example... Traffic Act, Human Rights Act, Accessibility Act, Health and Safety Act.  As it stands now it leaves a wide open space for too much control and abusive power for bad Board of Directors and unfortunately the good Boards who run the affairs of the Corporation in compliance and in good faith are affected.

We need ALL CONDO OWNERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE to join COA and also write to the Ministry to force 1) Governance and mandate compliance 2) One Declaration to comply to the Condo Act so there no confusion and written in every day language  3) a Reporting system for Condo Owners to report abusive Boards  4)  The reporting mechanism should not be comprised of  ie. Property Managements, Condo  Lawyers, Developers and Builders because of the conflict of interest of trade relating to Condominiums   5) Our government needs to arrange a Reserve Fund Bond available for all Corporations at high rates  6)  Special Condo Building incentives administered by our Government relating to energy efficiency etc should be identified and developed as a cost savings for Buidings in particular the older buildings

COA has offered a number of improvement required in the Condo Act  They are geared to identifying the problems of high maintenance fees which ultimately reduces value of the Buildings and Condo Owners are slowly losing their equity.   Condo Owners have to get involved, get educated, join COA and work together towards a stronger and financially secure Condo Market.    We stand firm on providing the strongest possible assistance to help Condo Owners and support extensive changes in the Condo Act

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ABOUT THE CONDO OWNERS ASSOCIATION (COA)?

The Condo Owners Association is a reg. non profit Association representing the best interest of all Condo Owners in Ontario with Chapters in each City across the Province.

 

 

ARE YOU ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN A CONDO CORPORATION?

Condominium Board of Directors who have approved "Membership" into the Condo Owners Association (COA)  understand the importance of managing the affairs of your Condo Corporation in compliance to the Provincial Condominium Act, 1998.

 

Click Here for: Introduction Letter & Request for Membership COA (PDF)

Click Here for: Application Membership Form For Condo Corporation (PDF)

 

 

CONDO OWNERS

IS YOUR CONDO CORPORATION A MEMBER OF CONDO OWNERS ASSOCIATION?

If your Condo Corporation is not a member of COA;  ask your Board of Directors "WHY NOT?

The cost is only $1.00 per unit owner (per year)  per building   ie. If you have 300 Unit Owners;  the cost is only $300.00 per year

If your Board of Directors refuses to join COA,  then their Condo Owners can join on their own at $10 per year. 

 


ARE YOU A PROPERTY MANAGER?

All Property Managers should tell their Board of Directors about Condo Owners Association (COA) and support its membership.

 


RETURN TO JOIN COA MEMBERSHIP

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TRI-CAN - JCO & Associates - LAR and Owners

Charged
with conspiracy to commit fraud

 

The Competition Bureau announced that they have laid multiple criminal charges against four companies and three individuals.  The charges related to an alleged conspiracy to commit fraud and rig bids for condominium refurbishment services in the GTA Greater Toronto Area issued by private condominium corporations between 2009 a nd 2014.


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"The companies and individuals are charged under the Criminal Code with conspiracy to rig bids, conspiracy to commit fraud, and fraud over $5,000"

1.  TRI-CAN Contract Incorporated and Owner Bob Vlahopoulos
2.  JCO & Associates (912547 Ontario Inc) and Owner Jose De Oliveira
3.  LAR Condominium Refurbishment Specialist 
4.  CPL Interiors Ltd. is also charged under conspiracy provision of Competition Act


 

Interesting Quick Facts

 

 
Bid Rigging Video https://youtu.be/Wu6PTbPYKfY

 
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COA - Condo Owners Association Ontario

BYLAWS AND PROCEDURE

a)  The Chapters and Local Districts must make a commitment on behalf of their Chapter or District  and pass resolutions of their dedication and commitment to COA.

b)  The Chapters and Local Districts must agree to follow the policies, procedure and protocol of COA Ontario and adopt their Code of Ethics for COA Directors.

c)  The Chapters and Local Districts must sign acceptance of the By-law to govern COA Ontario which embodies all COA Chapters and Districts.

MEMBERSHIPS, MEMBERSHIP DRIVE, SPECIAL EVENTS AND SEMINARS

The Chapters and Local Districts must submit a formal request to COA Ontario for the following:

1)  A plan for their membership drive in their local District

2)  A plan for potential seminars and potential locations for same

3)  The COA Mentor program will be contacted for assistance at any time

4)  All COA membership fees msut be payable to COA Ontario

ADDRESS AND BANKING

1)  The Chapters and Local Districts must create an address to serve the new Chapter and/or District, a post office box is recommended to avoid address changes

2)  Set up a bank account in the name of the Local Chapter and/or District.  Identify two or three of the organizing committee to have signing authority

Please proceed to:   "Maintaining Certification" for all details

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GETTING STARTED

1)  Set a date for your first meeting with the first order of business to adopt the COA By-Laws of the local Chapter and COA Ontario.

2)  The organizing committee shall be deemed the new Board of Directors for the local District.  The Board of Directors shall vote amongst themselves for the following positions:

President; Treasurer;  Secretary and if more than three Directors; a Membership and Communications Director.

3)  Create a list of District Directors to include their Position, Name, Address, Contact Numbers and Email Address.  Provide a copy to the local Chapter and COA Ontario.

4)  Prepare a Strategic Planning seminar

The Strategic Planning Seminar should define:

  • Names of board and positions (i.e. President, Treasurer, etc)
  • Possible list of committees (i.e. newsletter, education, website, etc) and names of each committee chair
  • A List of Chapters and contact information of same
  • A List of COA Ontario Executive Directors contact information of same
  • A committee for media, press, newsletters and other means of communication
  • Name and address of bank where District account is held

District to work with Local Chapter for all Press and Media Functions and also to include:

  • Public seminars
  • Membership recruitment booths
  • Education Courses
  • Newsletter or print, TV and Radio press

5)  Certification and recertification of a COA Chapter will allow the chapter to use the COA name and logo. However upon de-certification, that right will end.

6) The COA Board of Directors shall have the right to vary any of the requirements for certification or recertification based upon the special circumstances of any chapter, from time to time.

7) COA Ontario Board of Directors shall have the right to change and/or adjust requirements for certification or recertification based upon the circumstances of any chapter and/or District from time to time.

8)  COA Ontario Board of Directors shall have the right to implement related costs for membership of the related Chapters and Districts.

9)  Websites:  Please Note: COA Ontario will include a Chapter web site page for new Chapters upon certification and the local Chapter will include a District site page for new Districts.  The chapter will be responsible for adding content and monitoring the site for all Districts associated with that Chapter.   A Chapter can create its own web site at any time but must obtain approval from COA Ontario and ensure the design is in keeping with the layout and standards of COA Ontario.  In the event that a Chapter creates its own web site, that Chapter will be solely responsible for any costs.  COA Ontario is to have full right to link directly to all associated Chapters and if applicable their websites.

Districts Websites:  A District can create its own web site at any time but must obtain approval from their local Chapter and COA Ontario to ensure the design is in keeping with the layout and standards of COA Ontario.  In the event that a District creates its own web site, that District will be solely responsible for any costs.  COA Ontario is to have full right to link directly to all associated Districts and Chapters (if applicable

Please proceed to:   "Bylaws & Procedures" for all details

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COA ONTARIO - CHAPTERS BY COUNTIES

COA is accepting applications from Condo Owners in these areas.

Please refer to: How to Apply Chapter

COUNTIES

COUNTIES

Bruce

  • Municipality of Arran Elderslie
  • Municipality of Brockton
  • Municipality of Kincardine
  • Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
  • Municipality of South Bruce
  • Town of Saugeen Shores
  • Town of South Bruce Peninsula
  • Township of Huron-Kinloss

Dufferin ( map )

  • Town of Mono
  • Town of Orangeville
  • Town of Shelburne
  • Township of Amaranth
  • Township of East Garafraxa
  • Township of East Luther Grand Valley
  • Township of Melancthon
  • Township of Mulmur

Elgin

  • City of St Thomas (Separated)
  • Municipality of Bayham
  • Municipality of Central Elgin
  • Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich
  • Municipality of West Elgin
  • Town of Aylmer
  • Township of Malahide
  • Township of Southwold

Essex

  • City of Windsor (Separated)
  • Municipality of Leamington
  • Town of Amherstburg
  • Town of Essex
  • Town of Kingsville
  • Town of Lakeshore
  • Town of LaSalle
  • Town of Tecumseh
  • Township of Pelee

Frontenac (formerly Frontenac Management Board)

  • City of Kingston (Separated)
  • Township of Central Frontenac
  • Township of Frontenac Islands
  • Township of North Frontenac
  • Township of South Frontenac

Grey

  • City of Owen Sound
  • Town of The Blue Mountains
  • Town of Hanover
  • Municipality of Meaford (Town)
  • Township of Chatsworth
  • Township of Georgian Bluffs
  • Municipality of Grey Highlands (Twp)
  • Township of  Southgate
  • Township of West Grey

Haliburton

  • Township of Algonquin Highlands
  • Municipality of Dysart et al
  • Municipality of Highlands East (Twp)
  • Township of  Minden Hills

Hastings

  • City of Belleville (Separated)
  • City of Quinte West (Separated)
  • Municipality of Centre Hastings
  • Municipality of Hastings Highlands
  • Municipality of Marmora and Lake (Twp)
  • Municipality of Tweed
  • Town of Bancroft
  • Town of Deseronto
  • Township of Carlow/Mayo
  • Township of Faraday
  • Township of Limerick
  • Township of Madoc
  • Township of Stirling-Rawdon
  • Township of Tudor & Cashel
  • Township of Tyendinaga
  • Township of Wollaston

Huron

  • Municipality of Bluewater (Town)
  • Municipality of Central Huron (Twp)
  • Municipality of Huron East (Town)
  • Municipality of Morris-Turnberry (Twp)
  • Municipality of South Huron (Town)
  • Town of Goderich
  • Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
  • Township of Howick
  • Township of North Huron

Lambton

  • City of Sarnia
  • Municipality of  Lambton Shores (City)
  • Town of Petrolia
  • Township of Brooke-Alvinston
  • Township of Dawn-Euphemia
  • Township of Enniskillen
  • Town of Plympton-Wyoming
  • Township of St. Clair
  • Township of Warwick
  • Village of Oil Springs
  • Village of Point Edward

Lanark

  • Separated Town of Smiths Falls (Separated)
  • Town of Carleton Place
  • Town of Mississippi Mills
  • Town of Perth
  • Township of Beckwith
  • Township of Drummond-North Elmsley
  • Township of Lanark Highlands
  • Township of Montague
  • Township of Tay Valley

Leeds & Grenville

  • City of Brockville (Separated)
  • Municipality of North Grenville (Twp) Gananoque (Separated)
  • Town of Prescott (Separated )
  • Township of Athens
  • Township of Augusta
  • Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal
  • Township of Elizabethtown - Kitley
  • Township of Leeds & the Thousand Islands
  • Township of Front of Yonge
  • Township of Rideau Lakes
  • Village of Merrickville-Wolford
  • Village of Westport

Lennox and Addington ( map )

  • Town of Greater Napanee
  • Township of Addington Highlands
  • Township of Loyalist
  • Township of Stone Mills

Middlesex

  • City of London (Separated)
  • Municipality of North Middlesex (Twp)
  • Municipality of Southwest Middlesex (Twp)
  • Municipality of Thames Centre (Twp)
  • Township of Adelaide Metcalfe
  • Township of Lucan Biddulph
  • Township of Middlesex Centre
  • Township of  Strathroy - Caradoc
  • Village of Newbury

Northumberland

  • Municipality of Brighton (status: Town)
  • Town of Cobourg
  • Municipality of Port Hope
  • Municipality of Trent Hills (status: Town)
  • Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
  • Township of Cramahe
  • Township of Hamilton

Oxford

  • City of Woodstock
  • Town of Ingersoll
  • Town of Tillsonburg
  • Township of Blandford Blenheim
  • Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
  • Township of Norwich
  • Township of South-West Oxford
  • Township of Zorra

Perth

  • City of Stratford (Separated)
  • Municipality of North Perth
  • Town of St. Marys (Separated)
  • Township of Perth East
  • Township of Perth South
  • Municipality of West Perth (Twp)

Peterborough

  • City of Peterborough (Separated)
  • Township Asphodel-Norwood
  • Township Cavan Monaghan
  • Township Douro-Dummer
  • Township Galway-Cavendish-Harvey
  • Township Havelock-Belmont-Methuen
  • Township North Kawartha
  • Township Otonabee-South Monaghan
  • Township Smith,Ennismore-Lakefield

Prescott and Russell, United Counties

  • City of Clarence-Rockland
  • Municipality of Casselman
  • Municipality of the Nation
  • Town of Hawkesbury
  • Township of Alfred & Plantagenet
  • Township of Champlain
  • Township of East Hawkesbury
  • Township of Russell

Renfrew

  • City of Pembroke (Separated)
  • Town of Arnprior
  • Town of Deep River
  • Town of Laurentian Hills
  • Town of Petawawa
  • Town of Renfrew
  • Township Admaston-Bromley
  • Township Bonnechere Valley
  • Township Brudenell,Lyndoch,Raglan
  • Township Greater Madawaska
  • Township Horton
  • Township Killaloe, Hagarty,Richards
  • Township Laurentian Valley
  • Township Madawaska Valley
  • Township McNab-Braeside
  • Township North Algona-Wilberforce
  • Township Whitewater Region
  • United Townships Head,Clara,Maria

Simcoe

  • City of Barrie (Separated)
  • City of Orillia (Separated)
  • Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
  • Town of Collingwood
  • Town of Innisfil
  • Town of Midland
  • Town of New Tecumseth
  • Town of Penetanguishene
  • Town of Wasaga Beach
  • Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
  • Township of Clearview
  • Township of Essa
  • Township of Oro-Medonte
  • Township of Ramara
  • Township of Severn
  • Township of Springwater
  • Township of Tay
  • Township of Tiny


Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

  • City of Cornwall
  • Township of North Dundas
  • Township of North Glengarry
  • Township of North Stormont
  • Township of South Dundas
  • Township of South Glengarry
  • Township of South Stormont

Wellington

  • City of Guelph (Separated)
  • Town of Erin
  • Town of Minto
  • Township of Centre Wellington
  • Township of Guelph-Eramosa
  • Township of Mapleton
  • Township of Puslinch
  • Township of Wellington North
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Working Together with the COA 


The Condo  Owners Association structure was designed to embrace a voice for Condo Owners at the Provincial level and with local MP's and MPP's in each Riding and the local Councillors in each Ward of the City.  COA also works directly with the Mayors and City Staff and other Representatives relating to various issues and new regulatory process/changes relating to condominiums



MP's  - The Members of Parliament
  1. MP's are elected to the Canadian House of Commons
  2. Each COA Districts (Ridings) works with MP representative
  3. ie Ottawa has 308 seats in the Canadian House of Commons
  4. View MP Seats at Parliament Hill 

 
MPP's The Ontario Provincial Members of Parliament
  1. 107 Seats for MPP's who serve the Legislative Assembly of Ontario 
  2. MPP's have a Toronto office at Queen's Park and a constituency office. 
  3. View MPP seats in your riding

 
Municipal Councillors
  1. Represent their Local Wards within their City.
  2. These Wards represent the COA Districts. 
  3. List of Ontario Municipalities - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing


 

COA TORONTO Division and Related District

There are 26 COA Divisions across the Province of Ontario located in various Cities and Towns.   Each of these have various Districts also known as their Political Riding and/or Municipal Ward.

COA Districts Design  Click for City of Toronto Districts Graph
 

  1. Districts are known by their Political Riding and Municipal Ward. 
  2. Example:  COA Toronto has 44 Districts
  3. Each Toronto District has a Councillor, MPP and MP
  4. MPP's on the Provincial level at Queen's Park
  5. MP's on the Federal level at  Queen's Park and Parliament Hill  
  6. Councillor represents City/Municipal issues at City Hall.
 

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