(This story was sent only to subscribers in ON.) CHF Canada is very pleased to see the Ontario government introducing new Housing Services Act (HSA) regulations which will allow for a review of service manager decisions.
Since 2011, Ontario Region has asked the Province to follow through on developing a system to review service manager decisions. Although Section 157 of the HSA allows for reviews in theory, there were no regulations in place to make it possible. The update to Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS) provided an opportunity to advocate for this change; starting with our LTAHS submission (Recommendation 11) in July, 2015, Ontario Region has made the importance of this issue known to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, The Honourable Ted McMeekin. “We are thrilled to see the Minister moving forward on this,” said Managing Director Harvey Cooper. “It’s an important protection for our HSA co‑ops.”
As recommended by CHF Canada, the review procedure will be limited to important service manager decisions which have sometimes left co‑ops no choice but to resort to legal action. The regulation does not go into effect until January 1, 2017. We will produce a fact sheet for our members once more details have emerged. For more information, please contact Keith Moyer at our Ontario Region office: 1 (800) 268-2537, ext. 224.