Does the declaration and regulations have to be provided in both French and English in Ontario? In English only, and a

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Customer: Does the declaration and regulations have to be provided in both French and English in Ontario?
JA: What steps have been taken so far? Has any paperwork been prepared or filed?
Customer: Yes in English only, and a French resident asks that all documentation be provided in French
JA: Have they talked to an Ontario lawyer about this?
Customer: Not that I'm aware of, but as president of the board I need an answer to this..
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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Please note that I am working from my computer and not actually texting. If you don’t answer back for a while I may not be online when you do but I will never desert you and will check back often. As well, as I am working from home it is possible that I will be interrupted but I will always return back as soon as I can. Finally, although the site offers a call option I personally do not take calls but just work online. Some find this confusing as it looks like the offer is coming from me but that is just how the site presents the offer and it really isn’t coming from me.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Are you asking about condo documents?

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I live in eastern Ontario and I need to know as president of the board if we have a legal obligation to translate the regulations in French?
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From what I found there is no automatic legal obligation to prepare all the documents in French but if someone asks for them in French the condo has an obligation to accommodate this request unless doing so would cause a condo to undergo undue hardship.

If the condo doesn't do this and they can it would be said to be a breach of the human rights code and the resident could file a complaint with the human rights Tribunal.

Does that help?

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I did not see a 'duty' to accomodate anywhere in the condo act, and the hardship would be from a cost only....I also know that the complainants husband is fully biilingual. I will not recommend to the Board to proceed. I believe from a Condo Act alone I am on solid ground. Right?
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I am talking about the Human Rights Code and there is a duty to accommodate. But if they are bilingual and if this is too expensive then I don't see that they could succeed if they complained.

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