In Ontario condominium disputes have had mandatory mediation and arbitration since the Condominium Act came into force in 2001 but there has never been a course offered to train condominium arbitrators until now. Our condo ADR group’s two most experienced practitioners Colm Brannigan and Murray Miskin will be teaching the first condominium arbitration course. The specialized one day condominium course has been postponed due to uncertainty over the future of condominium dispute resolution changes with the Ontario General Election which was held on June 12. The election and other factors led to a delay in the announcement of major changes to the Condominium Act and dispute resolution processes. It now appears with a Liberal Majority Government that the changes will go ahead and be announced soon. The Ontario Budget of April 23, 2015 confirmed that changes would be coming including:
“Increasing Protection in the Condominium Market
Building on the announcement in the 2014 Budget, the Province is moving forward with reforms to the Condominium Act, 1998, including the establishment of mandatory qualifications for condominium managers. The Province will also be creating two administrative authorities to license condominium managers and improve education and dispute resolution for condominium corporation boards and owners.”
The Comprehensive course will proceed and be rescheduled once we know what changes are coming to condominium dispute resolution. Once we have full details on the changes in dispute resolution the course will proceed and explain the changes in detail.
The specialized condominium arbitration course is not an introductory course as it assumes knowledge of arbitration from a previous arbitration course or experience, and/or knowledge of current condominium dispute resolution procedures in Ontario.
The condominium arbitration course will be in a seminar format including lecture, discussion and small group exercises. One or more members of our Condo ADR Group will also be acting as coaches with the main instructors for the small group exercises. We will be applying for Law Society Professional Development credits for this course once the content is finalized. Our June 2015 Comprehensive Arbitration Course is open for registration. For the arbitration course information is at adrworks.ca
Those who registered for the June 2014 Condominium course have all received refunds of their deposits and we are now collecting names of interested people for when we reschedule. Information on all of our courses is at adrworks.ca