Please welcome the newest member of OREA GR team

OREA is thrilled to welcome Sylvia Pena as our new Government Relations Specialist. Sylvia brings her political and government expertise straight from Queen’s Park where she spent a year with the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP). There she worked for two members of the provincial Legislature – Liberal Greg Sorbara (former Minister of Finance) and … Continued

Looking forward to the new Legislative session!

With September just around the corner, OREA’s Government Relations (GR) team is getting ready for the new session at the Ontario Legislature scheduled to resume September 9th. Our staff is looking forward to continuing advocating on behalf of REALTORS® at Queen’s Park and building on successes from the past legislative year. And it was successful, … Continued

Ontarians have voted!

After Ontarians in five provincial ridings had voted in the August 1st by-elections, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s minority government became three seats smaller. The governing Liberals managed to hold on to two seats, while New Democrats (NDP) took another two and one went to Progressive Conservatives (PCs). While results in these five ridings, all vacated by … Continued

Provincial by-election countdown

In just one week from today, Ontarians from five provincial ridings will be heading to the polls to fill the seats vacated by five Liberal MPPs, all of whom resigned during the last legislative session. This summer’s by-election is interesting for political enthusiasts to watch as all five ridings are up for a tough political … Continued

Ontario to require mandatory qualifications for condominium managers

As part of its review of the Condominium Act, 1998 (the Act), the Ontario government announced its intentions to introduce mandatory qualifications for condominium managers. Currently, these managers are not required to have training or an understanding of the Act, by-laws and rules, finances, building maintenance or the contracting out of services. Image source: … Continued

By-election time in Ontario

This summer, some Ontarians will be heading to the polls after Premier Wynne announced earlier this month that five vacant provincial ridings are scheduled for the vote August 1. By-elections are called to replace five Liberal MPPs who departed Queen’s Park in recent months, leaving the minority government with 48 seats in the legislature, while … Continued

Welcome OREA’s New Director of Government Relations

OREA is happy to welcome Matthew Thornton as a newly appointed Director of Government Relations effective July 1st, 2013. Mr. Thornton succeeds Jim Flood who will remain at OREA in an advisory capacity. Mr. Flood led OREA’s Government Relations department for over 26 years. Under his skilful leadership, OREA lobbied successfully on a variety of … Continued