Condo Update: Electronic Meetings Now Authorized

March 26, 2021

Condo Update: Electronic Meetings Now Authorized

Bill 53, Service Alberta Statutes (Virtual Meetings) Amendment Act, 2021, is now in force. Section 5, relating to the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 came into force today by Royal Assent on March 26, 2021. The remainder of the Act (including those provisions that amended the Condominium Property Act) was declared to come into force retroactively, having effect as of August 15, 2020.

This means that condominium corporations in Alberta are now authorized to hold their general meetings virtually, using electronic means such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other online meeting platforms. Moreover, the retroactive effect also authorizes all electronic general meetings that have been held by condominium corporations since August 15, 2020.

Unfortunately, no changes have been made to the wording of the amendment to the Condominium Property Act, and we are still left wondering as to the unintended effect this change may have on condominiums in convening their general meetings. For a discussion of the changes and the potential consequences for condominiums, please read Coming Soon? Virtual Meetings for Condominiums.

If you have any questions about the Service Alberta Statutes (Virtual Meetings) Amendment Act, SA 2021 c4, or other condominium-related issues, please comment below or contact one of the members of the Field Law Condominium Group.

Erin Berney

Erin Berney

Erin Berney possesses extensive experience in all manner of residential and commercial condominiums, from traditional, bare land and phased-style development, to “barely blended”, duplex, mixed use, and rural developments. She has been a condo owner in downtown Edmonton since 2005, and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Bylaw Review Committee. This gives her unique insight and invaluable knowledge and experience that she brings to her clients.

4 thoughts to “Condo Update: Electronic Meetings Now Authorized”

  1. Thank you for the informative post, Ms. Berney.

    Is participation via a standard conference call/telephone not contemplated in the new Act or in previous legislation?

    Your thoughts?

    1. That depends on what type of participation. Board members were, under the previous legislation, entitled to attend and vote at Board meetings using electronic means. Until now, however, the legislation was silent with respect to virtual attendance and voting at meetings of the corporation by unit owners. That has changed with the passing of Bill 53.

  2. Our condo in Medicine Hat wants owners to have a paper AGM and has given owners what would be normally done in a public meeting. They are asking owners to give written yes or no answers to pass the budget and other items generally dealt with at a regular AGM. My question is is this legal?

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