The Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association meets regularly with provincial and local governments as well as community and industry organizations to voice concerns and suggestions on behalf of strata corporations and strata owners.
We believe that positive change is possible through cooperative and respectful discussions with governments and stakeholders such as insurance, property management, and real estate associations. VISOA has “been at the table” contributing to many initiates and over the years our efforts have resulted in changes to the Strata Property Act and Regulations.
Here are a few highlights of VISOA’s advocacy work in recent years:
- 2019-present: Strata Insurance: Ongoing consultation with government and industry associations such as the Insurance Bureau of Canada to express concerns and potential measures to stabilize the insurance crisis.
- 2020-present: COVID-19 and Strata Housing. Ongoing consultation with Housing Policy Branch regarding issues that have arisen in stratas due to the pandemic, including electronic meetings, masks, and recreation facilities. Resulting in various Orders.
- 2016-present: Electric Vehicle Charging in Stratas. Ongoing consultation with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Housing Policy Branch, Fraser Basin Council, Local governments, and EV clubs to develop funding programs and facilitate the adoption of EV charging in compliance with the Strata Property Act. Consultation regarding new Regulations in 2018.
- 2016-2017: Panelist in Review of City of Victoria off-street parking bylaws which were updated in 2018, and similar consultation with other local governments.
- 2013-2019: BCLI (BC Law Institute) Strata Property Law Project. VISOA participated in this 5-year project of consultation and research examining options for reform in selected areas of strata property law. Some recommendations were enacted in 2016.
- 2014-2016: Civil Resolution Tribunal. VISOA provided information and feedback to prepare for the launch of the CRT’s jurisdiction to resolve Strata Property disputes.
- 2008 Report: Beyond the Sales Pitch: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in BC Strata Developments and 2015 Review.
What You Can Do
If you have concerns or suggestions, consider writing or calling your MLA and ask for a meeting to talk about it. You may also write to the Premier, and the Attorney General and Minister responsible for Housing to express your views. A letter to the editor of your local newspaper may also be helpful.
Find the name and contact information for your MLA (Members of the Legislative Assembly)
Honourable John Horgan
Suggestions and concerns with respect to strata legislation can also be made at any time to Housing Policy Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards in the Ministry of Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing.
Strata Housing website
BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA)
In 2021, legislation enabled the amalgamation of Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) within the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) making BCFSA the single regulator for real estate including education, licencing and governance of real estate professions, including strata property managers.