Condo buyers with disabilities are having difficulty finding suitable housing to meet their needs. Part of the problem is that the development industry has not been focusing on the special needs of persons who require modification to the traditional design of condominium units. But things are changing with the introduction of The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ("AODA") which was enacted in 2005 the objective of which is to have Ontario fully accessible by 2025 through a phased approach.
It is important for condominium corporations to ensure that they are in compliance which this legislation. There are penalities and the potential for directors and condominium corporations to be fined for failure to meet the AODA's requirements. In addition to AODA, a condominium corporation may also find itself the subject of a Human Rights complaint on the basis of discrimination. In 2009/2010, 52.5 percent of the applications before the Human Rights Tribunal related to discrimination based on disabilities. Now is the time to start thinking about these issues.
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