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Condominium Manager Magazine

CM Magazine is the flagship quarterly publication of the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO) and for more than 30 years has served as the leading source of in-depth coverage of industry news, issues, information, education and best practices for condominium management professionals and service providers.

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Spring 2023 Issue
Effectively managing suppliers and contractors benefits your condominium corporation and its residents by ensuring quality work is finished on time and on budget. It’s essential to maintain ongoing, trusting relationships with suppliers and contractors. This issue will share how to accomplish this, given today’s supply chain issues and uncertain economic climate.

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Safety Tips for Condo Communities

Managing Contractors, Suppliers & Expectations

Your Condo || Reuben Smith

Condominium living offers a sense of community and security, but as with any community, incidents of violence can occur. As a manager, board member or staff member, it’s essential to be proactive in ensuring the safety of residents and coworkers. The following are steps that condominium communities can take to minimize the risk of violence and be prepared to respond in the event of an emergency.


Electrical Preventative Maintenance

Your Condo: Maintenance

Your Condo || Joe Calabria

Building owners and property managers should be aware of the importance of preventative maintenance procedures for electrical distribution and emergency generators and the responsibility to protect their longevity, safety, and critical infrastructure to avoid unexpected equipment failure.


Signs Of Debt

Your Condo: Collections

Your Condo || Sarah Stachiw

We know that more families than ever are struggling with debt, and many are too embarrassed to seek financial help. As a condo manager, you likely see signs from some of your owners but may not be aware that they are financially stressed. Let’s look into some tell-tale signs that you can watch out for.


Working with your Residents: Setting Expectations in EV Charging

Your Condo: EV Charging

Your Condo || Joshua Paras

Every year, more Canadians switch to Electric Vehicles (EVs), with Quebec, British Columbia, and Ontario leading the way in vehicle sales and charging infrastructure. With the growing popularity of EVs, more and more residents will expect to be able to charge their vehicles in their own parking spots overnight. By working with your residents and getting ahead of the demand by planning for EV charging now, you can prevent costly time-sensitive work in the future while keeping your residents happy.


Protect the Corporation’s Interests When Renovating

Your Condo: Renovations

Your Condo || Adriana Mot

Refurbishment projects in condominiums often wrongfully use the CCDC2 contract for a design-build contractual arrangement. This practice, despite its commonality, is a risky approach.


Soundproofing Condominiums

Your Condo: Soundproofing

Your Condo || Frederick Seebacher

Property managers and board of directors in condominiums are looking to solve or prevent problems in existing buildings/renovations. Owners are simply trying to follow their condo regulation chart when renovating floors. They do that by looking at soundproof ratings, which can often become a nightmare. Is the high-performance number advertised the right thing to look at to make a good decision? The answer is yes, but there are also several factors to be taken into consideration.


Elevator Codes are Changing. Is Your Property Ready?

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Your Condo || March Elevator

Property Managers are not typically mindful of elevator codes and developments. However, incoming amendments to jurisdictionally adopted elevator codes (related to elevator safety and emergency features) will affect capital expenditure planning (CapEx) whether these are initially considered or not.


What You Need to Know Tendering an HVAC Contract

Your Condo: HVAC

Your Condo || Kelly Halkett

ne of the many jobs a manager has is the tendering of the corporation’s contracts. From firsthand experience, I think we can all take a collective sigh and agree that this can be a challenging and time-consuming process. There is a lot to consider with potential vendors, including whether they are registered with ACMO, their overall experience level, and reputation in the industry, to name a few.


A Guide to Electric Vehicle Charging in Ontario

Your Condo: EV Charging

Your Condo || Bradley Chaplick

This article provides an introductory guide for the two main types of EVCS installations; by the condominium corporation on the common elements for shared use and by unit owners in their own parking spaces. It also provides practical advice so that you can be well-prepared for the growing demand for electric vehicle charging in multiple-dwelling residential buildings.


Continuing Shortages in the Condo Industry Due to the Pandemic

Your Condo: Supply Chain

Your Condo || Vince Bennett, RCM

The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on our industry with little end in sight. We are all aware that almost all sectors that service our communities face employment challenges. Service providers from management companies, to accounting firms, to security companies and plumbing companies; most have reported that they are understaffed.


Cheques are Only Good for Paper Cuts – Stop the Bleeding!

Your Condo: Digital Payments

Your Condo || Wally Vogel

The paper tools that we once used for so many purposes have, by and large, given way to digital alternatives that we now use every day and take for granted. Yet many condominium corporations, and the property management companies that serve them, are still using paper bills and cheques to pay their suppliers.


Connecting People, Services, and Equipment for Better Living While Reducing Your Building’s Carbon Footprint

Your Condo: Building Automation Systems

Your Condo || Fan Fong and Nancy Zdravko

Smart Building Control Systems are generating a lot of buzz these days, with fancy terms like “cloud control,” “AI-driven,” and “carbon negative” to contemporize decades-old technology as the next fad for today’s condo owners. Digital devices have come a long way with technological capabilities and, more importantly, lower fees to purchase and maintain devices and software.


Getting to Net-Zero: Improving Your Building With Support From the City of Toronto

Your Condo: Energy Efficiency

Your Condo || Duncan MacLellan

The City of Toronto’s Net-Zero Existing Buildings Strategy has set the stage for all existing buildings in Toronto to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero by 2050. To reach this important goal, all existing buildings will have to be significantly transformed and retrofitted.


Prompt Payment Compliance: Nine Things Condominium Managers Must Start Doing Today

Your Condo: Construction Act

Your Condo || Justin Tudor

The new regime gives the contractor and sub-contractors a method to ensure payment is made when it is rightfully due, without terminating the contract for non-payment and walking off-site.


How to Spot and Avoid Fraud in Your Next Renovation Project

Your Condo: Renovation

Your Condo || Adriana Mot

The two most common methods of renovating an existing condominium building are hiring one team that does both design and construction or hiring a designer first and then tendering the contractor afterwards. It sounds easy. Yet, under this apparent simplicity lies a web so intricate and complex that boards can rarely cut through all the fine print with confidence and ensure a reliable service for their owners.