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Condominium Dispute Resolution Tribunal Survey

 

The Condominium Property Act (CPA) and the Condominium Property Regulation provide for the management and governance of condominium properties in Alberta. The Condominium Property Amendment Act (CPAA), 2014 includes amendments to establish a condominium tribunal that would provide alternative dispute resolution services in place of the court system. The policy intended to create a tribunal that offers timely and cost-effective dispute resolution.

In Canada, the provinces of Ontario, B.C., and Nova Scotia operate condominium tribunals but in Alberta, the only method available for resolving condominium-related disputes is through the court system. A tribunal will provide access to affordable and efficient dispute resolution for condominium issues while helping relieve the backlog in Alberta’s court system.

The tribunal would be able to hear a dispute about any matter specified in regulations, which may include disputes under the Act, regulations, and the bylaws of the corporation. Proclamation of the relevant provisions is pending until the supporting regulations are developed.

Based on examination of similar tribunals in Alberta and other similar jurisdictions, as well as input received in previous engagements, the Government of Alberta has developed options for a condominium dispute resolution tribunal to provide an affordable and efficient dispute resolution service for condominium owners and corporations.

As a member of the condominium community Service Alberta needs your input. You are asked to participate in an online public survey gathering input on a condominium dispute resolution tribunal, as part of regulatory development work under the Condominium Property Amendment Act (CPAA). This survey will give you the chance to provide feedback about the proposals, as well as alternative options. Your input will be used to assess the proposals to determine if they are responsive, properly formulated, and will effectively achieve the goals of providing cost-effective and easy access to justice for the condominium population of Alberta. Your feedback is valuable and will be considered. No decisions have been made yet.

The key elements explored in the survey are:

– Dispute Resolution Process

– Tribunal Fees

– Funding Model

– Public Disclosure of Decisions

To participate, please CLICK HERE. The survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete and will be available until November 10, 2020. 

Please share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in providing their insights on condominium dispute resolution.