On April 15, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued a Ministerial Order which permits all strata corporations to hold electronic annual and general meetings (i.e via Skype, Zoom, etc.), even if the strata corporation has no specific bylaw passed enabling it to be held this way. This order helps address the controversy over the use of these methods discussed in our earlier blog post last week.
Holding electronic meetings is another tool available to strata corporations who need to address important business while practicing social distancing, such as urgent repair issues or carrying out a strata windup vote. Where some owners are not comfortable with or do not have electronic access, electronic meetings can be combined with other socially distanced meeting tools, such as restricted proxies.
For a small strata corporation with only a few units, it may also be possible to hold the meeting outside, or in a very large venue, while observing social distancing, or to pass a unanimous resolution amongst all owners to waive the requirement to hold an AGM (if every owner agrees, resolutions can be conducted in writing).
Additional tips for Strata Corporations operating during emergency measures are available at the Ministry’s website.
For further guidance on how to implement electronic meetings or other possible solutions uniquely tailored to your strata community, please reach out to Lawson Lundell’s Real Estate Group.
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