Membership

owners & managers

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

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.

Tenancy Forms

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 quarterly 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.

Membership Directory

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.

Networking Opportunities

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.

Discounts

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.

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.

Corporate Member (Supplier) Benefits

Companies that offer goods and services to apartment owners and property managers may apply to become GTAA Corporate Members. Being a GTAA Corporate Member is beneficial if your company is interested in selling goods and services to the 200 members that own and manage over 145,000 suites in the Greater Toronto Area. Below are some additional reasons why your company should join the GTAA.

Networking Opportunities

Each year, the GTAA hosts 4 major events and (approximately) 6 education and training seminars. All of these functions are great opportunities to meet apartment owners and property managers, as well as other suppliers.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available at each social event.

At the beginning and end of every education and training seminar, there is time set aside to network with all of the attendees.

Educate and Train

We host industry related meetings and education seminars on a regular basis. We focus on timely topics that affect the industry which will assist apartment owners and managers in making informed decisions to secure a good return on their 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, mechanics, leasing, and renovations are routinely revisited and updated.

Your company has the opportunity to provide educational articles for our bi-monthly magazine (Building Blocks). Suppliers are also given the opportunity to present at seminars that address the educational needs and interests of property owners and managers.

Event Sponsorship

As a Corporate Member you can attend and have the opportunity to sponsor many of our events and seminars throughout the year. Depending on your level of event sponsorship, your organization will receive prominent recognition at each event.

Membership Directory

The GTAA Annual Membership Source Directory is published once a year and includes all of the association’s members. Your company’s listing is free with membership (larger ads are available for a fee). This spiral bound booklet is separated into various categories and a valuable resource that is used daily by property owners and managers to find the industry’s best suppliers of the goods and services they require.

A listing with full contact details (name, email, telephone, mailing address) of every GTAA Regular Member is listed alphabetically in the “apartment owner and property manager” section.

Building Blocks magazine

Our quarterly publication is now in its 11th year of publication. Building Blocks, the premier industry magazine, is our primary means of communicating current information to our members. Each full-colour edition is packed with useful information from all levels of government, with the focus on municipal and regional issues. Direct mailing of each edition is included with your membership.

Corporate members routinely contribute articles covering the newest innovations and best practices regarding the goods and services required by apartment owners and operators. Submit your article (for publication consideration) to demonstrate your company is informed regarding the latest technologies and marketplace trends, to the decision makers that receive and read Building Blocks

Your company is listed in the supplier directory in every publication (6 per year). Members can advertise at a reduced rate.

Promotion

• Free insert of your company’s promo material (one-page) in the upcoming edition of Building Blocks upon joining and once per calendar year thereafter.

• Free email blast to all members announcing your membership with the GTAA and introducing you to members.

• Industry networking and social events to help you meet and market to your target business.

• Listing on the “Suppliers” section of the GTAA website ($150/y fee)

Millennium Member Program

The Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association has established a Millennium Member Program for Corporate Members of the Association to obtain even greater benefits from their membership.

This program is specifically designed to heighten the profile of participating companies within the organization and provide for an early warning program for sponsorships of Association activities each year. Further, Millennium Members are required to commit to a minimum of $2,000.00 of event and program sponsorship throughout the year.

This membership is open to all members in all industry categories so long as they have been members in good standing of the association for three (3) years.

What you get?

First right of refusal to sponsor events. As a Millennium Member, you will have the first opportunity to commit to any sponsorships before it is opened up to the general membership.

Building Blocks Promotion. Your company logo will be listed in every edition of the Building Blocks magazine to show the membership you are a Millennium Member.
Annual Meeting Acknowledgement. Millennium Members are acknowledged at the Annual Meeting each November with a special gift from the association.
“First Contact Program” sponsor. Periodically throughout the year, special or unplanned events take place requiring sponsorship or assistance. As a Millennium Member, you will be contacted first for the opportunity to participate as a speaker and/or financially.

What is the Cost?

The Annual membership fee for a Millennium Member is $1,500.00 plus the required minimum $2,000.00 of additional sponsorship throughout the year.

What's the Next Step?

If you are interested in this program, please complete the application form attached as well as the sponsorship sheets to indicate which programs you wish to sponsor. As this is a first come first serve program, we are not able to guarantee that all of your selections can be honoured. If you have further questions, please contact Daryl Chong at (416) 385-3435 ext. 36 or email info@gtaaonline.com.

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