After 20 years of relative calm, 2020 brought massive changes to Alberta’s condominium legislation. There’s a lot for condominium owners, volunteer boards and managers to learn about the new legislation, but the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) continues with its mandate to provide education for the condominium community.
“CCI is a national non-profit organization that represents all parties in the condominium community,” says Alan Whyte, Executive Director of CCI’s North Alberta Chapter, which has 800 members including over 25,000 condo owners.
“Our chapter is primarily education-focused, but we also had a significant advocacy role with the legislation changes,” Whyte says.
And that makes them perfectly positioned to help explain the new legislation.
On Saturday, Feb. 29, Whyte and condominium lawyer Todd Shipley will give a presentation at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre on the legislation changes that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020 — get your tickets today!
Know your rights and responsibilities
The Condominium Legislation Update gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with registration and networking. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whyte and Shipley will give their presentation, with plenty of opportunities for Q&A throughout. Following the legislation updates they’ll address the recent surge in insurance premiums, which has been another hot button issue in the last six months.
“We’ll do our best to clarify the changes, so people understand their new rights and responsibilities,” Whyte says.
With sweeping revisions to the condominium legislation, attending this presentation is a must for anyone involved with condominiums.
Here are a few of the key topics to be discussed:
- Insurance claims and liability: The introduction of “absolute liability” affects all condominium owners, who could be on the hook for up to $50,000, paying the corporation’s insurance deductible if the damage originates inside their unit. “It’s a critical change, and it’s been challenging to get everybody up to speed,” Whyte says. Other new aspects include requirements for a standard insurable unit description and crime coverage.
- Condominium documents: More clarification was added to this contentious issue, including an expanded list of what documents boards are required to deliver upon request. Fee charges and retention periods for documents are now outlined as well.
- Owner Meetings: New regulations for general meetings address notification requirements, use of proxies and the recording of minutes. “Thankfully the government listened to our concerns regarding the over-complication of the previously proposed legislation,” Whyte says.
Several exhibitors will be at the event as well, so plan to spend some time before and after the presentation networking and learning!