GTAA is a non-profit association representing and serving 200+ companies that own and manage 145,000+ apartment suites across the Greater Toronto Area. Our members have voluntarily joined the GTAA to create a consolidated, strong voice and to share best practices. Here are some of the benefits of joining.
- Government Relations
- Education and Training
- Tenancy Forms
- Building Blocks Magazine
- Membership Directory
- Networking Opportunities
- Superintendent Training Programs and Placements
- Natural Gas Purchase Program
- GTAA Charitable Foundation
Our primary function is liaising with local municipal governments and advocating for the rental housing industry. GTAA is recognized as an industry stakeholder and is regularly invited by the local municipalities and regional governments that make up the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto, Peel, York, Durham &Halton Regions, and all of their respective local municipalities)
Through our active involvement in the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA) and the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO), we have input into issues facing rental property owners at the federal and provincial level.
Education and Training
We host industry related meetings and education seminars on a regular basis. We focus on timely topics that affect the industry; to assist you in making informed decisions to secure a good return on your investment. Topics such as maintaining your property, by-law updates and changes, attracting new and retaining good tenants and general best practices including energy efficiency, are routinely revisited and updated.
Recently our topics have included: Hydro incentives, water efficiency, hoarding, swimming pool regulations; energy savings, waste reduction, and more.
Members have exclusive use of our professionally drafted tenancy agreement forms (Tenancy Agreements, Rental Applications, Guarantor Forms, Sublet and Assignment Applications and Agreements). Printed pads and electronic versions of each form are available for purchase.
Building Blocks Magazine
Our bi-monthly publication is now in its 11th year of publication. Building Blocks is a full colour magazine and our primary means of communicating current information to our members. Each edition is packed with useful information from all levels of government, with the focus on municipal and regional issues. Additionally, our corporate members regularly contribute articles covering the newest innovations and best practices regarding the goods and services required by apartment owners and operators.
We have over 200 approved suppliers that are GTAA Corporate Members. Our Annual Membership Source Directory is published once a year and includes all of the association’s members. This spiral boundbooklet is separated into various categories and a valuable resource to find the industry’s best suppliers of the goods and services you require.
We host 4 major events each year where you can connect with other landlords and suppliers. At the beginning and end of every education and training seminar, there is time set aside to network with your peers and presenters. The GTAA has several Standing Committees, each comprised of members that are especially interested in meeting regularly to discuss specific topics (Utilities, Environment & Communications, Education & Training, Members Services & Fundraising, and Municipal & Political Liaison).
Natural Gas Purchase Program
Our professionally managed program offers a “fixed” price option for those who prefer price stability for long term financial planning, and a “floating” price option for those who would like to enjoy current historically low market prices and have a larger tolerance for risk. Additionally, each member has the ability to have a mix of both options or even customize a program across their portfolio of buildings, all under the professional management of energy procurement experts.
Superintendent Training Programs and Placements
The Institute of Building Management Training (IBMT) is in its 8th year of skills training delivering the Professional Building Management Development Program for the GTAA. Our 3,000 ft2 facility in Toronto offers four 12-week sessions per year. GTAA members can hire well trained graduates at the end of each session.
GTAA Corporate Members offer generous discounts to GTAA owner/operator members. An example is discounted rent and tenancy checks with Rent Check Credit Bureau.
GTAA Charitable Foundation
In 2000, the GTAA established a charitable foundation to raise money within the association and provide grants to community agencies working with the homeless and hard to house in the greater Toronto area. In 2005, this became a formally registered charity (86644 2494 RR0001) with Canada Customs & Revenue Agency. This separate company is able to provide tax receipts for donations. Each year, we grant over $110,000 to smaller local organizations. Details regarding the recipients we funded and how to participate are available on the Charitable Foundation section.