Bill 19 Brings Welcome Amendments to CPA

Bill 19 Brings Welcome Amendments to Condominium Property Act After extensive and productive consultations with stakeholders, the Government of Alberta has put forward a number of amendments to the Condominium Property Act. Changes include: Streamlining the requirements for voting which will improve owners’ ability to participate in the governance of their condominiums and will help…

Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal Update

Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal Update Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal Not Proceeding in 2022 In March, condominium stakeholder organizations were invited to a meeting with the Minister of Service Alberta. Minister Glubish confirmed that while the government remains committed to implementing the Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal, the resources are not available to move forward this year.…

Legal Corner – CCDC Contracts 

The Failure to TAILOR CCDC Contracts May Result in Difficulties – Including an Uncomfortable LawSUIT By: Jack G. Kent and Todd A. Shipley (partners with Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP)    Building remediation and repair is often a source of emotional and financial stress for condominium boards and unit owners. Unfortunately, like death and…

(Please Don’t) Lien On Me

by Amber Nickel, a lawyer with Willis Law and a member of the CCI North Alberta Board of Directors Changes are coming that require contractors to be paid within 28 days (conditions apply). The hills are alive with the sound of changes to payment requirements and lien rights in the construction industry. The connection between…

Dispute Tribunal – Weighing Our Options

by Rebecca Medel Bringing condo disputes before a tribunal instead of using the traditional courtroom process seems to be quite the dangling carrot for those who are intrigued by the idea of changing up the current system. The efficiency of using online technology to solve problems, and the time and cost savings that come about…

The Value Added by Mediation in Condominiums

by Archie Zariski, BA, LLB, LLM, C Med High Clouds Incorporated (Archie is a condo owner, board member, and condominium mediator)  Mediation in the Condominium Context  When condo owners have a dispute or difference the optimal result is for them to sit down together and sort out the problem. Perhaps they have read the bestselling…

Tackling Human Rights in Condos

By Heidi Besuijen and Melissa L. Stappler Overview Alberta case law has  recently confirmed that the Alberta Human Rights Act (the “Act”) applies to condominium corporations.  This means that condominium corporations are prohibited from discriminating against unit owners or occupants on the basis of any of the protected grounds identified in the Act, which are:…