Co-op Housing Amendments Pass
Ontario Government Makes Dispute Resolution Simpler, Faster
Today, Bill 14, the Non-profit Housing Co-operatives Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013, passed third reading after debate in the Ontario legislature. When it comes into force, the bill will amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, and the Co-operative Corporations Act to enable co-ops to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to resolve tenure disputes.
Previously, co-op housing providers and their members had to go through the courts to resolve disputes, which was costly and time-consuming. They will now have an easier, cost-effective and accessible way to resolve disputes including persistent late payments, illegal behaviour, and intentional damage to property.
Co-op providers and their members will also enjoy many of the protections and benefits provided to landlords and tenants under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, including access to mediation services.Improving the tenure dispute resolution process for co-op providers and their members is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, one of the three pillars of the government's economic plan to create jobs and growth and help people in their everyday lives.
- There are about 550 not-for-profit housing co-ops in Ontario with 44,000 households, representing almost 125,000 people.
- Non-profit co-ops have played a vital role in Ontario’s affordable housing system since the 1970s.
“One of our government's top priorities is creating a fairer Ontario. With today's passage of Bill 14, we have provided an alternative to costlier court processes for co-ops residents and improved access to an appeal board.”
“The Co-op Housing Federation of Canada and our 510 member housing co-ops across the province welcome the passing today of this legislation. It will improve the speed and fairness of the process for both co-ops and their members and reduce their costs. It will also serve the wider public interest by providing relief to the over-burdened court system, reducing the cost to the public.”