Who Needs a Licence
As of November 1, 2017, it will be illegal to provide condominium management services without having a licence. Both individual condominium managers and condominium management provider firms will need to have a licence. The definition of “condominium management services” is defined under the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 as follows:
1. Collecting or holding contributions to the common expenses or other amounts levied by, or payable to, the corporation.
2. Exercising delegated powers and duties of the corporation or its board of directors, including,
i. making payments to third parties on behalf of the corporation,
ii. negotiating or entering into contracts on behalf of the corporation, or
iii. supervising employees or contractors hired or engaged by the corporation.
Condominium corporations that manage their own affairs do not need to have a licence. If the corporation hires people to assist them in managing the condominium corporation, it will need to make sure that these people are not providing services as defined above. Hiring licenced management services will assure the corporation of legal practice that is accountable to the regulatory authority, the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario (CMRAO).
Some persons are exempt from licensing (see subsection 2. (1) of Ont. Reg. 123/17 under the CMSA, 2015)