Top Choice Nominee Property Management Calgary

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is proud to announce receipt of the  Official 2019 Top Choice Award Nominee for the fourth year in a row!


Top Choice Nominee 2019 – Property Management Calgary


Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to nominate us at Top Choice in the Property Management category for Calgary, AB!

Now, we need your help to WIN! Voting is now open and if you feel that we have earned your vote, we would appreciate you taking the time to vote for us. Winning the Top Choice Award is one of the largest endorsements a business can receive within North America & Europe, so this is a BIG deal!

Show us some love by voting for us. Your vote will automatically enter you into a draw for a chance to win a grand cash prize of $2000 or one of many Toppy T-shirts.

You can vote for us HERE.  Otherwise, you can contact Top Choice Awards via email or phone to vote for us.

Voting ends January 2nd, 2019.

We would love to win the Top Choice Award… But we need your help to do so. If you believe we are your Top Choice, why not help us spread the word! 

Thank you for your time and we appreciate your vote!

P.S your written feedback in the survey is anonymous but very important to us, as it allows us to know what you love about us and what we can improve to continue serving you every day and providing the best customer experience possible. Many thanks in advance!

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Movember: Grow it! Show it! Support it!

Every November thousands of men grow a moustache to raise money and awareness for men’s health! Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has signed up to help and showing support for Movember Foundation Canada


Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. – 2018 Team EmeraldMos

This Movember, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is hosting several team events to help raise awareness and money in support of important health issues.  A few of the Mo’ments taking place throughout the month include: a silent auction, a moustache growing contest, bake sale … and much more!  Follow our Facebook page for exciting updates).

Our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have seized the challenge to make an impact on the face of men’s health.  Most recently, Prostate Cancer Canada and the Movember Fondation has announced $4 Million in research grants to offer better care to men at critical stages in their prostate cancer journey.  This is exciting progress but the journey isn’t over!

For the 4th year in a row, the #EmeraldMos are determined to go bigger this year.  They want to do their part to make a difference for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. 

If growing a moustache isn’t your thing, but you want to support the cause – just follow the link and make a donation on our page!

Thank you for your support in making an impact for men’s health!

Cannabis consumption in multi-family properties

With recreational cannabis now legal across Canada as of October 17, 2018 it is important to understand where it can be consumed.


Effective October 17, 2018, cannabis may be consumed on private property but is prohibited in any form (smoking, vaping or edibles) in public places under the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw. Even people with an exemption for medical reasons will need to comply with the Bylaws being enforced by the City of Calgary: Smoking and Vaping Bylaw; Alberta’s Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act. Violation of the bylaws could result in a $100 ticket issued by The City of Calgary Police, City of Calgary peace officers and Calgary Transit peace officers.

While the legal and political landscape seems to be ever changing regarding the legalization of cannabis … and much still remains unknown, it’s important to be mindful that there could be restrictions of smoking or vaping cannabis on private property, especially within and around condominium corporations and rental properties.

Using cannabis in rental properties

Lease agreements with Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. contain a non-smoking clause unless residents have been otherwise exempted for medical reasons, etc.

The purpose of the non-smoking clause is to provide safe, secure housing while balancing the needs of all tenants, guests, employees, contractors and property owners. No smoking or vaporizing of any substance, (including but not limited to tobacco products and/or cannabis products, hemp products, or illegal narcotics its extracts and derivatives), will be permitted within the suite, or the common areas of the building (if applicable) by any tenant, occupant, invitee, agent, or licensee.

If tenants reside in a non-smoking building, a medical exemption will not permit smoking or vaping cannabis in the building. Under such circumstances, tenants may need to seek a transfer to a smoking-allowed building.

Using cannabis in condo properties

Some condominium bylaws already prohibit smoking in common areas, along with activities that interfere with the right to peaceful enjoyment, and some straight out forbid cannabis consumption.

With the legalization of cannabis, the same policies and bylaws will be enforced unless otherwise provided for by Federal and Provincial legislation.

Recent changes to the Condominium Property Act make this an opportune time to engage with residents and stakeholders on opportunities to update a condo’s bylaws, policies and house rules.

For condominium corporation’s looking to specifically prohibit the smoking of tobacco, cannabis and related products because of common problems relating to noxious smells and insurance related concerns due to potential mould from growing cannabis, there are a couple of items to keep in mind:

  1. The board’s proposed changes will need 75% of unit factors in approval of the changes.
  2. Consideration to human rights legislation and a duty to accommodate should be given.
  3. Will the owners support a smoke-free policy inclusive of cannabis? In their Unit? On Common Property? What about their Exclusive Use Areas?
  4. Is growing or cultivation or cannabis plants permitted in a Unit or Exclusive Use Areas?

Condo Corporations are able to make these kinds of changes relating to “use and occupancy” restrictions because of the Condominium Property Act. Until this issue is tested in the legal realm, it looks corporations will be able to address this topic the same way pet restrictions have been enforced.

For more information on creating a smoke-free policy and how to engage with stakeholders, visit: Smoke-Free Housing Alberta

AND … lastly (but most importantly) make sure to get informed advice from a lawyer that specializes in condominium corporations. The minor cost to make sure your amendment is drafted properly and on point with current practices and legislation is better than the cost of future legal pains.

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