Standard Unit

A part of condominium living that owners frequently haven’t considered, or have forgotten, is the impact of the Standard Unit By-Law. If you haven’t already, you should take time read through the By-Law that describes a Standard Unit.

The  Standard Unit definition is rarely mentioned but it is essential in condominiums because the Corporation is deemed to be responsible for insuring only the items listed in the Standard Unit.  And that leaves the responsibilty  for insuring everything else to unit owners.

Any items within the unit which are not listed in the Standard Unit By-Law, are considered to be improvements to the unit, things like upgraded trim, any interior fittings and flooring improvements, for instance.  In the case of damage where the Corporation is liable, you can only expect replacement of the standard items as defined in the By-Law.  Replacing betterments like your beautiful hardwood flooring for instance, is up to you and your own insurance. All owners in the corporation are thereby reassured that their common expenses will not be held liable for undefined damage from an insurable event. The By-Law also deals with dispute resolution, maintenance and repair for items on the Standard Unit list.

MTCC-570 owners will find their Standard Unit definition in By-Law 8 on pages 92 – 99 attached to the Declaration and By-Law documents.

YCC – 531 owners will see a corresponding definition in By-Law 8 on pages 96 – 103 of their Declaration and By-Law documents.


Declaration, By-Laws and Rules

You may have run into a rule at our condominium complex that conflicts with your preferences. Keep in mind that rules are necessary so we can have an orderly environment with established expectations and can live in peace with one another.

Even so most residents have at some time found a rule burdensome and have considered what it would take to change it. Condominium rules do change from time to time, and that’s when it is important to understand the way that condominiums are governed.

Every Ontario condominium is regulated by the Condominium Act, 1998, which lays out the requirements for the creation and amendment of rest of the governing documents.

Each condominium is individually regulated by a declaration and by-laws. The declaration is one of the legal documents that created the condo corporation when it was registered with the Land Registry Office. It is a kind of constitution for the condominium.

The by-laws concern how the condo corporation will govern itself such regarding such things as the number of directors on the board, board meeting procedures, and how the affairs of the condo corporation are generally conducted.

And finally, we arrive at the rules each condo establishes for safe co-existance, and for providing reasonable use and enjoyment of individual units and the common areas. Rules must be consistent with the three other governing documents: the Condo Act, the declaration and the by-laws.  Together they lay out the conditions that must be met. Want to see a rule changed? Make sure you know what it takes to comply with established governance.

Each of our Condominium Corporations has it’s own declaration and by-laws. Below are .pdf copies of these documents.

Annual General Meetings 2020

For the first time the Annual General Meetings of MTCC 570 (2000 Islington) and YCC 531 (2010 Islington) moved to the Zoom platform. The pandemic made public meetings impossible, and the Ontario Condominium Authorities changed regulations to allow AGMs to be virtual. Many AGMs had to be delayed to allow time to manage the logistics of the new format. According to those in attendance, our two AGMs went quite well. For those who couldn’t attend a detailed proxy provided a way to participate and vote.

Below are the names of the Directors. You can contact the Board of Directors in writing by email or by dropping a letter to the Management Office.

Board of Directors – MTCC 570

Erle Stephens (President)
Peter Bahry (V.P.)
Roy Tamura (Director)
Nicola Caravaggio (Secretary/Treasurer)
Tony Lecce (Director at Large)

Board of Directors – YCC 531

Lina Romano (President)
Manny Radomski (V.P.)
John Macdonald (Treasurer)
Marian Leslie (Secretary)
Kam Chari (Director at Large)

Board of Directors for 2019-2020

Our Boards

In October each corporation held it’s annual general meeting (AGM). This led to the election of one new Director for MTCC570.
Here are your new Boards: :

2000 Islington – MTCC 570

  • President:   Tony Lecce
  • Vice President:   Peter Bahry
  • Treasurer:   Erle Stephens
  • Assistant Treasurer: Roy Tamura
  • Secretary:  John D’Angelo

2010 Islington  – YCC 531

  • President:   Lina Romano
  • Vice President:   Manny Radomski
  • Treasurer:   John Macdonald
  • Assistant Treasurer: Peter Battaglino
  • Secretary:   Marian Leslie

We owe sincere thanks to these individuals who have stepped up to volunteer their time and expertise in service of our community.

Directors’ BBQ for 2010 Islington

After a blustery and dark day, the sun broke through and gave us a perfect evening for our barbecue. As you see, we enjoyed every minute. A sincere thank you to the social committee!