Government Relations

Government liaison is one of the primary reasons that the Canadian Home Builders’ Association exists. At the national level the Association deals with the federal government on behalf of members, and the provincial home builder associations deal with their respective provincial governments.It is the local home builder associations who are responsible for taking the industry’s input and concern to municipal governments, local boards and agencies.CHBA-Edmonton Region takes this responsibility seriously and is dedicated to pursuing a proactive and sustained program that is shaped by two fundamental principles that guide its response to local housing policy:

  • The right of all Canadians to decent, safe and appropriate housing; and
  • The right of all Canadians to a reasonable opportunity to own their own homes.

The realization of these fundamental principles requires a partnership between government and the housing industry. While the industry actually builds housing, the Association endorses the principle of industry/government partnership. This partnership is required to achieve the above principles while improving quality, affordability and choice.

CHBA-ER has identified four fundamental components of sound housing policy:

  • The government has a legitimate role in housing the needy and disadvantaged through targeted and cost-effective policies and programs;
  • The government has a responsibility to provide a stable environment in which the housing industry can operate effectively;
  • Market housing should not be stimulated or otherwise unduly interfered with through the actions of government; and
  • There will be prior consultation between the government and industry before significant changes are made to housing policies or programs.

CHBA-ER believes that these fundamentals provide a solid foundation for sound policy. They identify the legitimate roles of government and industry and form the basis for CHBA-ER’s approach to industry/government consultations. The Association remains firmly committed to these fundamentals, which define the industry’s relationship with government and its approach to housing.

CHBA-ER Government Relation activities are focused on three key areas:

  • Achieving a stable business environment for our members. The CHBA-ER is committed to a fair and competitive marketplace, where all members have the opportunity to operate their business profitably.
  • Promoting and protecting the interests of consumers. The CHBA-ER believes that all Canadians have the right to decent, safe and appropriate housing. We also believe that all Canadians have the right to a reasonable opportunity to own a home.
  • Supporting the professionalism of our members. Skills, experience and integrity are the cornerstones of professionalism. CHBA-ER provides members with opportunities to learn, grow and take pride in what they do. We believe that the CHBA-ER logo is the sign of Canada's home building and home renovation professionals.

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