Following Stage 1 of Ontario’s Condo Act Review last fall, a findings report was issued in January 2013 by Canada’s Public Policy Forum, the facilitators spearheading the review process. That findings report is available for review. See here for executive summary and here for full report.
Comments on this findings report are being received until March 11, 2013.
The report encompasses comments submitted by the public at large and at five information sessions held by the Minister at locations across Ontario, and includes findings of the 36-member citizen panel and four full-day stakeholder round-table sessions.
The report is well-written, thoughtful and demonstrates a deep understanding of a broad array of issues and problems that need to be looked at further and solved. Reading the full report is worthwhile, even if only to see that the single or small few problems faced by any single group are a mere drop in the bucket relative to the large number of issues affecting the various stakeholders in the condo community. The Condo Act is complex legislation that affects a lot of people and parties in very different ways. Legislation of this magnitude deserves the type of comprehensive public review process now underway.
You can send your comments or suggestions directly to ONCONDO or use the handy Discussion Guide the PPF has prepared to help you organize your thoughts to comment meaningfully on the report. To help encourage you to participate, we reproduce the text of the salient part of the Discussion Guide below (while encouraging you to review the full guide):
Issues and Questions to Discuss
The full Discussion Guide contains useful background info and further details for preparing and submitting your comments. Check it out.
Are your issues and concerns covered in the report, or included in the six major categories the review has identified thus far? Have you got horror stories to share or little pet peeves about the Condo Act you’d like to see addressed? Send your comments soon (by March 11) and stay tuned for news about Stage 2 of the ONCONDO review, slated to launch on March 21, 2013.