The recent review of the Condominium Act, 1998 revealed a need for an easier and more cost-effective method for resolving disputes in condo communities. To meet that need, the CAO will be launching an online dispute resolution forum for condo disputes called the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). The CAT will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2017.
The Tribunal will have the exclusive jurisdiction to hear and make legally binding and enforceable decisions about condo disputes. Only disputes identified by the government in the regulations can be filed with CAT. If you have a type of dispute that is not in the regulations, then you will need to use other existing methods to resolve it.
Disputes about records have been identified as the first type of dispute that can be filed with the CAT (see section 55 of the recently posted regulation to the Act). It is anticipated that the types of disputes that can be filed will increase in the near future.
The Divisional Court would hear appeals from Tribunal findings on questions of law, and existing ways to resolve disputes will still apply to disputes outside the Tribunal's jurisdiction.
The CAO will provide more information on the CAT in the upcoming months, so stay tuned for updates.
The CAO provides information and self-help solutions for common condo issues. You are encouraged to review this information, and to attempt to resolve your issue using the available resources.