Condo Owners Association COA

Energy and Water Reporting

Energy Consumption and Water Use

Reporting Requirements

 

Multi-unit residential buildings including condominiums that are 50,000 square feet or greater with more than 10 units are required to report their energy and water use and GHG emissions to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines annually by July 1st.  Ontario Regulation. 506/18, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use (EWRB) is being phased in over 3 years, and in 2019, buildings that are 100,000 square feet or greater are required to report.

Details can be found at:     https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/180506


Reducing Your Costs


Energy use is one of the largest operating expenses in commercial and residential buildings.

It represents about 1/3 of typical building operating budgets.
The largest barrier to identifying cost efficiencies and making existing buildings more efficient is a lack of access to the data needed to measure and track energy performance.
Building that benchmark in other jurisdictions have shown as much as a 10% decrease in energy use in commercial buildings that implemented a small number of energy-efficiency strategies and monitoring systems.
The vast majority of buildings that benchmark have taken steps to improve performance by investing in low- or no-cost changes.

 

Fighting Climate change 


By reducing your energy and water consumption you also help to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and fight climate change..  One of the main reasons is that buildings account for 19 per cent of Ontario's total greenhouse emissions.  Comparing your condominium to similar buildings will help  condominiums identify ways to reduce usage and costs

Mandatory Reporting System 


The guidelines are very specific please view this link: 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/measure-energy-and-water-use-large-buildings


Reporting being phased in over three years.
Please note your first deadline date:  
  1. Commercial and Industrial buildings first report - July 1, 2018
  2. Condominium Multi-Residential Buildings - first report July 1, 2019

The steps to report, including obtaining your EWRB ID, are noted on the Provincial Government website. The website also includes information on the Portfolio Manager (PM) on-line reporting tool and a link to a Guide on how to report in PM.  
In your second year of reporting your building's energy and water use intensity (how much is used per square foot/meter) will be made public on Ontario’s Open Data website catalogue.  
 

SUBMIT A COMPLAINT

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The Condo Owners Association (COA)   

ALL CONDO OWNERS know your rights and responsibilities  

OWNING A CONDO 

 


Condo Owners
File your complaint CAO and/or CMRAO 


CAO - Condo Authority of Ontario   

CMRAO - Condo Management Regulatory Authority Ontario


The complaints can be as a result of a number of difficulties with your Board of Directors and/or Property Management.   Your Condo Corporation budget, expenditures, reserve funds, conditions, the process, the Annual General Meeting, the governance, design,  décor and condition of your Condo Building and on a personal light , You can also report items of concern regarding the operations, governance and accountability. 

Condo Owners no longer need to be kept in the dark, there are avenues available for support.  


1)  Harassment and/or bullied, major concerns not addressed etc. report Board of Directors 
2)  Harassment and/or bullied by Property Manager, report to CMRAO




CONDO OWNERS CAN REQUEST RECORDS OF THE CORPORATION AT ANY TIME 

The Board of Directors Must Comply or Corporation is fined for non compliance

1)  Request Records of the Corporation ie all Financials, Minutes of Meeting, AGM Minutes, 

2)  Board's Response to your Request for Records  If the Board refuses your request you may wish to report this to the CAO Condo Authority of Ontario

3)  Agreement to Access Records   Condo Owners can view records and if they wish a paper copy there may be a small charge   

4)  Future Reserve Fund Spending -
Note ALL Owners, your Board of Directors must advise Owners 


SPECIAL WEBSITE Information

1)  Land Property Records  
2)  Home and Community 



All Condo Owners in Ontario

Owners can also request General Information of the Corporation and Board of Directors 

1) Request General Information of the Corporation               - Information for Owners about their Corporation 
2) Information on Board of  Directors Certificate Update      - Names and Address of Service for their Board of Directors  
3) New Owners Information Certificate                                   - Information for New Owners about their Corporation


Complete and send the above forms to the "Attention of your Board of Directors" 
In most cases this would be via your Property Manager. 
Please ensure you receive confirmation of receipt.






Become a COA Ambassador of Your Condo  

    


Note:  Changes to the Condo Act

COA is thrilled to work with  (MGCS)  the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and we are delighted to have Bill 106   "Protecting Condominium Owners Act 2015" and the New Condo Management Services Act, 2015   

(CAO)  Condo Authority of Ontario aims to improve condominium living with mandatory training for Condo Directors and as a resource for disputes 

CMRAO  Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario regulates Condo Manager and Management firms licensing, education requirements and compliance.    

Advertise on COA website

Promote your business work with the COA

Develop a Relationship with the COA 

 

Special Events, working together with COA

If you and your company have ideas for "Special Events, Seminars and Marketing Initiatives, the COA would like to hear your thoughts. 

Please 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any new and exciting ideas to work together 

 

New Guide to help Condo Owners and Condo Corporations 

The COA has established relationships with various services, product companies and trades to help Condo Owners and Condo Corporations.  We have launched two (2) recommendation Guides to our Website/s.   The companies have shown to offer excellent representation and value for their expertise.  These Guides offer a List of recommended businesses, trades and suppliers. 

The COA is keen on negotiating development incentive programs that Condo Owners may experience through Related Services Companies of the Condo Owners Association

 

Condo Owners Guide 

Condo Corporation Guide 

COA Partners and Past Partners 

  1. Allstate Insurance of Canada
  2. International Home & Garden Show
  3. Clorox Canada – Glad
  4. Entire Imaging
  5. Geep Electronic Recycling
  6. Joseph Estate Wines
  7. Vision Quest

Disclosure:  Condo Owners Association accepts no responsibility for any loss or dissatisfaction arising from any use or contractual relationship of services, or purchases to include incentives programs that Condo Owners may experience through Related Services Companies of the Condo Owners Association


 

CAN FUND Canadian Athletes Now

About CAN FUND


The Condo Owners Association COA Ontario believes in working with other Non Profit Organizations and Charities to the best of our ability.  We are a supporter for the CAN FUND Canadian Athletes Now

We have included their mission statement below and would like to draw your attention to the CAN Fund website and donation support page. 
http://canadianathletesnow.ca/
 
  1. We want people to celebrate those who have impacted their lives.

  2. We want our athletes to succeed on the world stage.

  3. The Impact of both  “Celebrate Impact, Impact Success”


 

Donating to CAN FUND

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/Donate.aspx?EventID=574&LangPref=en-CA
 


 

Mandatory Provincial Residential Tenancy Agreement

Mandatory Provincial Residential Tenancy Agreement

Landlords, Tenants and  Realtors remember to read important information on the new mandatory Standard Lease Form which has come into effect May 1, 2018.

Ontario's Fair Housing Plan and Rental Fairness Act changes include an initiative by the Provincial Government to introduce a new standard lease for private residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018 including tenancies in:
  1. Single Detached Homes
  2. Semi-Detached Homes
  3. Apartment  Buildings
  4. Condominiums
  5. Secondary Suite - ie basement apartments

Click here to download the new form

For more information and an FAQ, visit the Ministry of Housing


REALTORS:

Revisions to the OREA Form 400: Residential Tenancy Agreement (Standard Form of Lease)

OREA revisions to Form 400 in response to the new requirements per the Residential Tenancies Act. The Form #400 revisions are as follows:
  1. Clause 12; first line was revised to identify the lease will be drawn by Landlord on the standard form of lease as per Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) & 
  2. Clause 13; is a new clause for party (landlord and tenant) acknowledgement that there will be a standard form of lease as prescribed by RTA.  All form Clauses were re-numbered thereafter.
  3. Note: The purpose of OREA Form #400 Agreement to Lease - Residential is as a negotiating tool only and the mandatory government standard lease form for landlords is the actual formal lease document.  
  4. Further, three OREA Standard Clauses were deleted due to effects of RTA amendments; OREA Standard Clauses in LEASE/RES Clause 2, 8 & 14


Other Important Information

Please Note:  Standard lease form does not apply to most social and supportive housing, retirement and nursing homes, mobile home parks and land lease communities, or commercial properties. The government will develop separate standard leases to address these other types of residential tenancies.


 

Electric Vehicle Charging

COA Provincial Divisions

Note:  Each COA Division has a Ward to embrace the Political structure of our Municipal, Provincial and Federal Level of Government.

This system provides COA to advocate for Condo Owners and provide a positive approach to balance and support for a "Better Condo Act and Condo Community.  Let's help COA to build and create a strong Association to stand up for "your Rights"    No different from the Teachers Association and all advocate Associations. 

 
There are so many condominiums in Ontario.  They range from low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise condo buildings, then there are different styles of townhouse in the residential market.  There are also commercial and industrial condominiums. 


The COA is your voice and why do you need a voice?   Condominiums operate under the guidelines of the Provincial Legislation called the Condominium Act.   As you know, you have a Board of Directors who run the affairs of the corporation through their Property Manager.  The Board has to follow the Condominium Act which is overseen by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

It is not easy for individuals to deal directly with Government but there is strength in numbers.  The more Condo Owners who register with the Condo Owners Association, the more ability the Association has to advocate for stronger protection and to ensure that your rights are being addressed.  It is similar to the Teachers Association or any other non Profit Association.  The key thing to understand that without the COA how will changes be implemented. 

COA Ontario needs to be informed about Condominiums in each city, therefore we have designed several Divisions and we hope to have more and more volunteerism as we continue to grow.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteerism form and email it to our office.    

 


Benefits of COA Divisions under COA Ontario  

Structure allows interaction with MPP's, Local Mayor sand Councillors and City Staff on municipal regulatory relating to condominiums
Provides representation for Condo Owners on numerous stakeholder and expert groups



Benefits of COA Divisions having Districts

Structure allows interaction with every Riding and Ward within a Division
Creates a close working relationship with local MPP, Mayor and City Staff on municipal regulatory relating to condominiums
Ensures representation for Condo Owners on numerous stakeholder and expert groups



Example   COA Toronto - is a Division of COA Ontario

Toronto is the fastest growing condominium community in Ontario
Has 44 Political Ridings which are the COA Districts
Example:  1 District is Trinity Spadina District which is Ward 19 and Ward 20
Trinity-spadina - Ward 20 has over 70,000 condominium owners since 2012
Click to view: 44 Wards and 12 Political Ridings 

Be an Ambassador of your Condo Building

Ambassador for your Condo Building?

If  you would like to make changes in your building, please consider becoming a COA  "Ambassador" of your building.  We have identified that every Condominium needs an Ambassador to work together with the COA.  There is too much going on behind the scenes in the Condo Buildings with Board of Directors and Property Management.  Owners are still being misrepresented and/or ignored.  Condo Annual General Meetings are still a horror movie, but who are the Villains? Sadly, too often it is the Villains winning the Game and the losers are the Condo Owners.

Condo Owners are easily mislead as they try to surf through these takeovers.  Who can they trust? 

One of the key problems are Proxies!   Proxies should not be controlled by Property Manager or the Board of Directors.   The COA has recommended "Electronic Voting"  of Board Members to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.  Proxies are the #1 problem in Condominiums because proxies are being forged and manipulated!   The Power lies behind the closed doors of Property Management Office so how can a Condo Owner or even a legitimate Board Member compete?  They can't it is that simple, it cannot be done.   If your building has signs of distress you must realize you have to step out of the building for an opinion unless there is hard core evidence of wrong doing.  Even then take the evidence and step out of the building. 

The only solution to this problem is to have a COA Ambassador in each Condo Building!    Contact COA


 

Associations are Important

Support your Condo Owners Association representing Condo Owners and Buyers. 

There are various Association representation different sectors.  Each and every one are extremely important.  Below is a list of some of the Associations and whom they represent.  

Condo Owners Association (COA)

......represents Condo Owners and Condo Buyers

Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

......represents our Medical Profession

Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF)

......represents our Teachers

Police Association of Ontario (PAO)

......represents our Police Officers  

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Working Together

COA Ontario Supporting awareness for our Non Profits and Charities Organizations / Associations. 

The Condo Owners Association says "Kudos to the Volunteers and the grass roots of Volunteerism"

 

We have links to various Organizations and Association relating to:

CAN FUND Canadian Athletes

Children Kiwanis Club

Earth Day

Rain Barrel

Resident Associations

 

The Condo Owners Association recognizes how Charitable Organizations and Non Profit Associations play an important role in everyone’s lives






Children


Believe in Kids - Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls clubs

Darling Home for Kids www.darlinghomeforkids.ca

Sleeping Children Around the World www.scaw.org






HealthALS Society of Canada www.als.ca

Alzheimer Society of Canada http://www.alzheimer.ca/en

Autism Canada  www.autismcanada.org

Breast Cancer www.bcsc.ca

Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca

Halton Trauma Centre http://www.haltontraumacentre.ca/index.php

Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.com

Hospice of Peel www.hearthousehospice.com

Movember http://ca.movember.com/about/funding-overview/

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada www.mssociety.ca

Oakville Trafalgar Hospital www.haltonhealthcare.com

Prostrate Cancer Canada  www.prostratecancer.ca

Road Hockey for Cancer http://www.teamuptoconquercancer.ca

Sîan Bradwell Fund For Children With Cancer   www.sianbradwell.com

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada  http://www.tourette.ca

Trillium Health Centre Foundation www.trilliumhealthcentre.org

Wellspring www.wellspring.ca


Prostrate Cancer Canada  www.prostratecancer.ca




CHARITIES United Way Oakville   http://www.uwoakville.org

United Way Mississauga   http://www.unitedwaypeel.org

United Way   http://www.unitedway.ca





NON PROFITS

Mississauga Heritage Society http://www.heritagemississauga.com/index.php

Look Good Feel Better https://www.lgfb.ca

Armagh http://armaghhouse.ca

Women’s Shelter Gift Basket Campaign http://www.annualbasketdrive.ca

Freedom Walk http://www.forfreedomsake.myevent.com/participant/20397

The Compass www.thecompass.ca

Ian Anderson House www.ianandersonhouse.com

Robert Land Academy www.rla.ca 



 

Feel Free to contact the Condo Owners Association to have your non profit Association and/or Organization listed on our website with our compliments. 

 

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