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We Are the Condominium Authority of Ontario

Welcome! The Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) is pleased to launch an initial website to introduce ourselves. New government legislation is underway that would establish the CAO as a new administrative authority whose proposed mandate includes supporting positive and healthy condo communities by offering education for condo directors and by helping resolve condo disputes.

We look forward to serving condominium owners, corporations and the broader condominium community if designated by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and our services are in place, which is expected to be later in 2017.

CAO Overview

The CAO was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in July 2016. It is anticipated that CAO will be designated as an administrative authority in 2017, at which time it will begin operating. As an administrative authority, it is governed by an independent board of directors, and is a self-funded body.

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Condominium Authority Tribunal

Once it is designated, the CAO will oversee the establishment of the Tribunal, which will help to resolve issues using online guided pathways of information and where necessary through a collaborative tool that will offer guided negotiation, mediation and adjudication.

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Legislation

Due to the growth and change in Ontario's condo sector over the past few decades, in 2012, Ontario announced a review of its condo law, the Condominium Act.

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The Condo Difference

Are you thinking of buying a condo in Ontario? If you are a first-time buyer, it is important to note that condo ownership is different from owning other types of property in several important ways, and it is essential to understand these differences before you buy.

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