The Condominium Authority of Ontario Starts Publishing its Decisions and Orders with Decisia

The newly established Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO) has adopted Decisia for providing online access to the decisions and orders of the Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT). The CAT has so far issued approximately 110 binding decisions and orders on records-related cases. Lexum provided templating and publishing services to make these decisions full-text searchable, and to facilitate filtering by people involved, decision type, section of the law involved, and dispute types.

Last month, the CAT announced that the Government of Ontario has expanded its jurisdiction to receive applications for more dispute types.“ In addition to the current records-related disputes, owners, mortgagees, and condo corporations can now file applications with the CAT for disputes about provisions in the corporation’s governing documents related to pets and animals, vehicles, parking and storage, and indemnification or compensation.” With this increased jurisdiction, the CAT expects the volume of dispute to be resolved to increase substantially in the foreseeable future.

In addition to being made available on the CAO’s website via Decisia, the CAT decisions and orders are automatically transferred to the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website thanks to the Decisia-CanLII bridge.

The CAO aims to improve condominium living by providing services and resources for condo owners, residents and directors. These include easy-to-use information to help owners and residents understand their rights and responsibilities, mandatory training for condo directors, resources to help condo owners and residents resolve common issues, as well as an online dispute resolution service through the CAT.