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ABOUT THE CONDO OWNERS ASSOCIATION (COA Ontario)

The Condo Owners Association (COA) was formed in March 2010 as a non-profit Association to represent Condominium Owners across the Province of Ontario.   COA is Ontario's most influential voice in the Condo Owner community. 
The Association is stewarded by a Board of Directors with a wealth of condominium knowledge to help promote and advocate for strong condominium communities.  We are recognized by the Provincial and Municipal Government offering invaluable assistance and advice in relation to all condominiums. 

Linda Pinizzotto, an award-winning , well known Realtor, Entrepreneur founded the Condo Owners Association (COA), a non profit Association in March 2010    Linda strongly believed Condo Owners were not protected by the Ontario Provincial Legislation, the "Condominium Act 1998" .   It was 12 years old and considering the substantial Condo Growth evolving in Toronto, the "Condo Act" lacked enforcement, accountability, governance and regulation of Board of Directors and a lack of protection for Condominium Corporations.  Condo Property Management Companies and Condo Managers did not have mandatory licensing and/or any Government standards yet are hired by the Board of Directors as an agent of the Board to assist with fulfilling its responsibilities to manage the building and carry out policies as per the Condo Board but not a member of the Board.  They both must operate in compliance to the Condo Act.   Condominiums Corporations and Board of Directors are governed by the declaration, by-laws and rules of the corporation in accordance with the Condominium Act.    Linda was Knighted by the Order of St George in 2014 as a Distinguished Dame of the Order as a result of her "chivalry to support the common cause to helping people in need".   COA supports Condo Owners and thriving sustainable Condo Communities.   Today the Condo Act is constantly being updated by the Ministry to adjust to the evolving times between operations and management of aging condos throughout to the Development of New and understanding changes in demographics, population and generational groups.

March 2010 - June 2012, the COA advocated the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to support a Condo Act Review to overhaul the Condo Act.   The McGuinty Government launched a Condo Act Review Consultation with the intention to "Build a Better Condo Act" and support important changes to the Condo Act was launched in June 12, 2012 to modernize the Condominium Act 1998, so it reflects the current and future needs of Owners, Residents and other stakeholders in Condominium Communities and to address the booming and evolving industry.  The Condo Owners Association (COA) was a member of the "Condo Act Review Panel" for all three Phases of the review.   Collaborative Public Engagement process McGuinty announced his resignation in 2012, and Wynne replaced McGuinty at that time but the engagement process continued from 2012 - 2014 as a part of the Condominium Act Review.  The Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 received Royal Assent on December 3, 2014 as the first overhaul of the Province's condo law in over 16 years!  At the same time the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 ("CMSA") was also implemented.   

COA'S hard fought advocacy for Condo Owners back in 2010 to "Get the ball rolling" continues to keep it moving!   

There are Four Phases of Regulatory changes. 
Transitional rules for Condo Act Amendments came into force in 2017.   Please see Ontario Newsroom and Ministry Announcements


2001 May 02    Bulletin 2001 - 1 Condominium Act, 1998
2012 June 12   Build a Better Condo Act
2015 Dec 3      Regulation under the Condominium Act, 1998
2017 July 25    Ontario Implementing New Protections for Condo Residents announced
2017 Sept 01   New Condominium Authority Now in Service to Protect Residents



The COA stays active addressing all issues relating to condominiums are various Stakeholder groups such as:

  1. Meeting Provincial MPP's, Ministry's, Municipalities & Councillors in various Cities
  2. Meetings with Financial Institutions, condo service providers and related Associations
  3. Stakeholder on the Condominium Act Review of the Ministry
  4. Stakeholder on Consumer Council of Canada
  5. Stakeholder on Fire Marshal Review of Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  6. Stakeholder for Home Protection Centre, Storm water Sewer System Review etc.
  7. Meetings with MPAC, Insurance Firms, Energy Waste Companies
  8. Participated in Trade Shows, Charities Organizations and Non-Profit Associations
  9. Worked with the Ontario Real Estate and other Associations,
  10. Worked with BIA's, Rate Payers Associations, Board's of Trades across the Province
  11. Working on behalf of Condo Owners, Buyers and the General public
  12. Met with countless condo corporations and service related trades
  13. COA appeared at the National Home Show & Canada Blooms, International Home Show
  14. COA Sponsors at Home Show included food waste concept with Clorox Canada,
  15. COA Sponsors included CIBC,  Bank of Montreal, Geep Global Recyling and others

     

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