A Failed Housing Plan for Ontario

The homebuilding industry across Canada has been heavily focused on influencing government policy affecting housing affordability for the past 5 years. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s annual housing advocacy day …

Yes, in my backyard

As Municipal leaders work hard to implement Stage 1 of the LRT project we sense widespread optimism for Ottawa’s future. With Stage 2, and potentially Stage 3, our communities will …

Ontario Municipal Board Reform

The provincial government has commenced a review of the scope and effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), an important part of the province’s land use planning system. The OMB …

Concrete Cracks in New Homes

Every year the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association office receives calls of concern about cracks that have appeared in the basement walls or floors of a new home. This column …

The Changing Face of Housing

Canadians often talk about the accelerating pace of change in today’s world and speculate about where it’s all going to end. The integration of mobile phone technology and computers is probably …

Tracking New Home Buyers Wants and Needs

Understanding the market and customer base is essential for all industries and the companies therein. In 2014-2015, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) and Avid Ratings Canada conducted the first nationwide …