Prompt Payment in Alberta: One Big Step Closer

On October 21, 2020, Bill 37: Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020 passed First Reading in the Alberta Legislature. Bill 37 would introduce significant changes to the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act, particularly by introducing statutory deadlines on payments in the construction chain, known commonly as “prompt payment”, and by establishing an “adjudication” mechanism to […] Read More
October 22, 2020

Condo Corporations Now Permitted to Access Reserve Funds in “Emergencies”

In a significant move for Alberta condominiums, on June 1, 2020 the Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, approved an Order in Council to amend the Condominium Property Regulation, AR 168/2000. Among other slight changes to document retention periods, the amendments notably give condominium corporations the ability to temporarily remove funds from their capital […] Read More
June 2, 2020

Suspended: Condo Time Frames and Rights of Entry

Condominium corporations face particularly unique challenges due to the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, among other things. In response to these public health restrictions, the Minister of Service Alberta, the Honourable Nate Glubish, issued a Ministerial Order on April 9, 2020 that temporarily suspends a host of time frames and other requirements under […] Read More
April 15, 2020

Tackling COVID-19 and Minimizing Risk: Considerations for Alberta Condominium Corporations

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down and has changed the way that we go about our daily lives. Current public health recommendations include requirements for self-isolation, restrictions on gatherings, and physical distancing. In apartment-style condominium buildings, these recommendations are creating unique challenges and raising several issues that condominium corporations and boards […] Read More

Regulation of Short-Term Rentals Still To Be Decided

An update on the City of Edmonton’s attempts to better regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals. This week, the Urban Planning Committee (UPC) met to revisit the issue of short-term rentals, and consider recommendations from City Administration on changes to the Bylaw. Of all the options considered, including development permit requirements, taxation/levies, affordable housing and tourism fees, […] Read More
February 28, 2020

Access to Information and Privilege: The Saga Continues

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has provided some much needed guidance on solicitor-client privilege in the context of access to information requests in Edmonton Police Service v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2020 ABQB 10 [EPS]. The Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [FOIPPA] provides individuals with the right to seek […] Read More

Cutting the Red Tape: New Condo Regulations coming to Alberta January 1, 2020

On November 26, 2019, the Alberta Government released the long-awaited, newly-revised amendments to the Condominium Property Regulation, and proclaimed that certain sections of the Condominium Property Amendment Act, SA 2014, c. C-10 will also come into force on January 1, 2020. The majority of the revisions in this phase of the amendments addresses governance issues, […] Read More
December 20, 2019

Single Use Plastic Bans: What You Need to Know

The discussion on single-use plastics is heating up across Canada. The federal government announced in June 2019 its intention to institute a nationwide ban by 2021 if re-elected this fall. Meanwhile, a growing number of provinces, cities, and towns have already banned certain single-use plastic products and the British Columbia Court of Appeal has now […] Read More