The Province is supporting strata corporations in B.C. to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing them to hold meetings electronically, including their annual and special general meetings, during the current provincial state of emergency.
This temporary change under the Emergency Program Act applies to all strata corporations, whether or not they already have a bylaw allowing electronic meetings.
Strata councils already have the flexibility to hold monthly strata council meetings electronically. The order helps strata corporations hold annual or special general meetings in accordance with the provincial health officer’s order against gatherings of more than 50 people.
Each strata corporation will need to determine what electronic meeting method works best for them. The strata council may choose from options such as Zoom, Skype or telephone conference calls, as long as it allows everyone to communicate with each other during the meeting. If an online meeting platform is chosen, alternatives for owners without a computer could include:
- attending by telephone;
- participating by proxy by giving their voting instructions to someone who will be attending the meeting; or
- attending in person, ensuring the two-metre physical distancing order is followed.
For more information on strata housing during COVID-19, the Province’s strata housing website has information for strata councils, owners, residents and stakeholders on cleaning, physical distancing, other precautions, paying strata fees and holding meetings: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/strata-housing/covid-19-and-strata-housing
General information about strata housing in B.C. is available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/strata-housing