Condo directors in Ontario are expected to exercise a certain degree of attentiveness, caution and prudence while carrying out their duties. This expectation is known as the “standard of care” and is set out in section 37(1) of the Condominium Act, 1998, which provides:
37. (1) Every director and every officer of a corporation in exercising the powers and discharging the duties of office shall,
(a) act honestly and in good faith; and
(b) exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.
While the wording of this standard of care seems pretty simple, some directors don’t entirely understand what it means. A recent Superior Court case illustrates that some directors don’t understand it at all, or don’t care.