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Condominium Authority Tribunal: Jurisdiction of the CAT

Victoria Craine
Publication date:
February 10, 2023
Article Summary: 

The Condominium Authority Tribunal (CAT) is an important forum for resolving condominium-related disputes in Ontario. It has exclusive jurisdiction over certain types of disputes involving owners, residents, condominium corporations, mortgagees, and purchasers. The CAT's jurisdiction includes disputes related to the condominium's records, unreasonable nuisances, provisions in the condominium's declaration, by-laws or rules, and indemnification or compensation related to these disputes. However, the CAT does not have jurisdiction over disputes related to easements, occupiers' liability, condominium liens, prohibited conditions and activities, amalgamation or termination, determination of title to real property, requiring a person to vacate a property permanently, claims for oppression, modifications to common elements, and other disputes not falling within its jurisdiction. Before starting a legal proceeding, it is crucial to consider the correct forum to bring the dispute, as choosing the wrong forum can lead to wasted time, expenses, and potential cost awards. The CAT is fully online, accessible, and generally provides faster and more cost-effective outcomes compared to courts or mediation/arbitration under the Condominium Act.


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Victoria Craine
Condominium Authority Tribunal: Jurisdiction of the CAT
February 10, 2023
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