The newest Community Associations Institute (CAI) chapter is based in Toronto with a mandate to help create great Canadian cities that owners and residents are proud to call home. CAI Canada was officially launched in January this year and it’s a big deal for our industry. Canadian condominium and strata owners, board members, and property managers should pay attention.
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is the go-to source for information on the rapidly changing property management industry. The organization gives its members access to practical knowledge and insights from leaders in the field, as well as best practices and useful tools for all condo community stakeholders.
CAI began in 1973 with a mission to foster competent, responsive community associations through research, training and education. Since then it’s grown to more than 34,000 members in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
Canadian housing leaders have been CAI members for many years. It’s exciting to have the organization establish itself in Canada officially because it opens up CAI’s extensive resources and global network to more people in our industry.
Membership has its privileges
CAI members get access to information, resources, and education programs produced by the organization. These include a subscription to the award-winning Common Ground magazine; community newsletters; professional services directory listings; online communities, research library, and more to help members stay current on the latest news, laws, and issues that affect community associations, condos, and HOAs.
Local membership in CAI Canada gives you membership in CAI, so you gain a network of industry colleagues worldwide. Community managers who join have access to industry credentials and professional designations that are recognized around the world. Plus there’s a yearlong calendar of events, including the CAI Annual Conference & Exposition that brings together vendors and service providers, as well as compelling speakers and leaders who share on topics of interest to our industry.
Membership fees are reasonable and geared to different categories: community managers, homeowners and board members, vendor business partners, management companies, students.
So join CAI Canada if you haven’t already. Sign up online to become a member, or browse the local events calendar for an opportunity to check it out in person.
Are you a CAI or CAI Canada member? Why did you join the organization? If you’re not a member, why not? Share your stories in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!
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