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Past Issues

Tax PlanningCHBA Sees Significant Progress on Proposed Tax Changes for Private Corporations

It took a lot of effort by CHBA and its allies, but the federal government has made some welcome changes to its proposed tax measures for private corporations. Important details remain to be settled, but some of the most harmful aspects have been revised or removed. Get the details.

Mortgage Rule ChangesCHBA action leads to application of new OSFI ‘stress test’ being softened for existing new home buyers

On October 17th, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announce new guidelines for conventional mortgage lending, including a ‘stress test’ that could have put tens of thousands of purchase-and-sale contract in jeopardy.  After strenuous efforts by CHBA, OSFI has issued new guidance that should protect these buyers - and their builders – from unintended consequences. Read more on this industry issue.

Canadian Renovator's Council Moving Ahead with Projects

In addition to updates on Get it in Writing! and the pending release of an editable sample renovation contract for members to use, the Council discussed how the RenoMark program will develop now that CHBA and BILD-GTA have a joint development agreement, the launch of the first LEEP for Renovators project in London, Ontario, and got a progress report on CHBA’s new Renovators’ Manual. Read the full summary

Home Modification Canada Transitions into the CHBA Home Modification Council

The inaugural meeting of this new self-funding CHBA Council brought together a wide spectrum of experts involved in supporting aging in place. Specialist renovation services were identified as an essential and critical part of meeting the needs of an aging population, and the Council will provide a portal for consumers to locate the many professional and occupational groups needed to accomplish this work—a great business opportunity exclusive to the renovator members of our Association and a great brand leveraging opportunity as we continue to grow RenoMark. Read more about our new Council.

What was learned at the Modular Construction Council Meeting, and why it matters

The Council discussed a number of issue impacting factory-based builders, many of which are also relevant to site builders. Health Canada’s regulatory review of formaldehyde in composite wood products could impose additional red tape on Council members. There is concern that current home appraisal practices do not capture the value of today’s more energy efficient homes. And there is growing concern that the expanding scope of building codes will significantly impact affordability. The Council is looking to take action in all of these areas. Read more here.

An Update on the Net Zero Energy Housing Council – Beyond the pilot year

With a packed agenda, Council members worked through the latest developments related to Net Zero technology, marketing, industry education and linkages to the financial services industry. Get the full story.

National Marketing Committee Focuses on Providing Content

Over 118,000 professionals will retire from the residential construction industry over the next ten years, and the National Marketing Committee will work to help bolster the effort to promote careers in our industry. Also in the works is a centralized Marketing Resource Centre, focused initially on materials for small businesses and HBAs. Read about more content coming your way.

Professional Development Committee Update

The Committee will support CHBA’s efforts to strengthen the training components of the RenoMark program. An update of CHBA’s "How to Manage Risk" guide—a valuable resource for member companies—is well underway. And at all levels of the Association, there’s a lot of great things happening to attract young people into trades occupations. Get the details.

Technical Research Committee

The full-day TRC Forum put the spotlight on The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and the complementary “Long-Term Strategy for Developing and Implementing More Ambitious Energy Codes”, revealing a fundamental shift in code development. Builders and renovators face many challenges and opportunities on the road to net-zero ready, most immediately the need for a current airtightness-testing standard! Get the meeting highlights.

Urban Council Explores Three Breakthrough Ideas for CHBA Members

In a workshop session, members and expert guests examined the latest approaches to overcoming NIMBY, heard about some new approaches to supporting affordability, and explored what ‘Climate Resiliency’ may mean for our industry and communities. Find out more.

Home Buyer Preference Survey – Fast, Easy and Free Participation for CHBA Members

Home Buyer Preference Survey Want unique insight into what your home buyers are looking for in a new home? What’s popular (and not!) in your region and across the country? What features they will trade-off to get what they want?  And where are they looking for builders—online, newspapers, social media?  How important are model homes or virtual model homes? CHBA’s annual nationwide market research study – powered by Avid Ratings Canada – is the only source for this vital market insight, and participation is free for CHBA home builders.

Last year nearly 3,000 recent homebuyers shared their opinions, and participating builders got additional information not available to anyone else – data on what their own customers said. So be sure your company is part of the 2018 Survey!

Participation is fast, easy and for CHBA members only.  All you have to do is give us a list of contacts, and we'll do the rest. Then, in a few months, you get a detailed report about your customers, free of charge! More information can be found here.

Introducing NAHB Builder Books – Member Pricing for CHBA Members

NAHB Builder Books CHBA has partnered with the U.S. National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to bring special value and discounted rates to CHBA members interested in educational and training books for the building industry. BuilderBooks, the publishing arm and official bookstore for the National Association of Home Builders, has a wide selection of publications to help you streamline your daily operations, better serve your new and existing customers, develop new strategies to safeguard your job sites and, ultimately, build, renovate, and sell more homes. CHBA Members can take advantage of Member pricing by self-identifying as a “Canadian HBA Member” when checking out. Start browsing here.

CHBA Opposing Proposed Changes to Tax Planning for Private Corporations

Filing-income-tax Measures intended to eliminate various tax planning strategies currently available will have significant negative impacts on Association members who operate private corporations, many of which are family-owned. Learn what CHBA is doing.

Economic Impacts & 3 Clicks to Tweet

sample-tweet CHBA has released this year’s update for its annual statistics on the Economic Impacts of Residential Construction, as well as the popular 3 Clicks to Tweet tool to inform MPs. Read the full story.

Flurry of Government Consultations over the Summer

  canadian-flags-in-a-row Summer 2017 meant another busy consultation season at the national level – with mortgage rule changes, CRA’s Voluntary Disclosures Program, NAFTA, and CHBA’s 2018 Pre-Budget Submission. Get caught up.

CHBA and BILD-GTA Sign Agreement to Take RenoMark® to the Next Level

renomark-signing CHBA and BILD-GTA commit to further collaboration to grow and strengthen the RenoMark brand across Canada, taking it to the next level. Read the full story.

#CdnBuilt for Generations - CHBA Members Giving Back to the Community

Eric-Denouden-gives-back In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 and CHBA’s 75th anniversary in 2018, we’re celebrating the contributions that CHBA home builder, developer and renovator members make within their communities every day, including CHBA President Eric DenOuden. Find out how you can get involved.

Call for Entries: The CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence is now open!

mike-lobe-award-winning-home Canada’s premier awards for new homes, renovations, community development, and marketing efforts is now accepting submissions. Changes for 2018 include:
  • Three new categories: Outdoor Living Renovation, Basement Renovation, and Marketing – Digital Media campaign.
  • Architects, Designers, and other CHBA Member industry professionals can now be formally recognized for their contributions.
  • Marketing companies can now be recognized as partners with the builder/developer/renovator in Marketing categories.

For more information about categories and requirements, and to view our in-depth FAQ section, head to  

A Great National Conference on 'the Rock'

St. John's Houses Three days of engaging presentations, spectacular awards and terrific social events, made for a great CHBA National Conference in St. John’s. Throw in some Newfoundland Mummers, axe throwing, great East Coast music and two CHBA Presidents ‘kissing the cod’ and it was truly a memorable time. Access the Photos and Read the Full Article.

“Governments Need to ‘Get it Right’ When it Comes to Housing” – CHBA President Eric DenOuden

Eric DenOuden's Inaugural Address In his Inaugural address, 2017 CHBA President Eric DenOuden called on governments to recognize the strategic role that housing will play in Canada’s economic future, and challenged them to make housing regulation part of Canada’s innovation agenda. Read the full story.

Celebrating Canada 150 │CHBA 75 –  #CdnBuilt for Generations

As part of his State of the Association address, CHBA CEO Kevin Lee announced the launch of a CHBA campaign, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 and CHBA’s 75th anniversary in 2018, to celebrate the contributions that our HBAs and members make within our communities across Canada every day. The web page for this initiative and the launch video are now online. The national office will be working with local and provincial HBAs to gather the best stories of the good deeds of our members from coast to coast to feature.

Wow! – 2017 National Awards for Housing Excellence

Another record year for entries, a new judging process, and spectacular Finalists and Winners – all capped by a stunning Awards Gala in St. John’s. Read the full story.

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