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April 27, 2015

 “Edmonton is too important to Alberta’s future to be ignored,” Mayor Don Iveson told a sold-out Edmonton Chamber of Commerce crowd in his annual speech on the state of the city.


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Source: Edmonton Journal

April 20, 2015

After an uptick in February 2015, inflation in the Edmonton region as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was down in March 2015.

Higher costs for both rental and owned accommodation were offset by lower natural gas and electricity prices causing the annual inflation rate in Edmonton to drop from 0.9% in February 2015 to a 0.1% rate recorded in March 2015. 

Edmonton’s annual rate of inflation had run above the national average during most of 2014. However, inflationary pressures evident across Alberta last year have eased significantly since the third quarter of 2014.

 Housing costs are continuing to move up and inflation in Edmonton will accelerate to the 1.5% range over the course of 2015.

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Source: Economic News, City of Edmonton

April 16, 2015

Edmonton city council increased the stakes this week in the fight brewing on the city’s southern border.

Increasing the size of its annexation bid Wednesday, Edmonton’s proposal would now eliminate any opportunity for Beaumont to grow north. Edmonton’s plan includes taking 30 hectares occupied by Beaumont’s public works yard.

The change adds 260 hectares to the 3,625-hectares sought from Leduc County on both sides of the QEII Highway.

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Source: Edmonton Journal

April 13, 2015

Better than expected labour-market and housing-start statistics released Friday show the Edmonton region has yet to feel the full brunt of collapsed oil prices, says the City of Edmonton’s chief economist.

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Source: Edmonton Journal

April 10, 2015

Attached below is the Edmonton 2015 April Starts Press Release from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

April 07, 2015

The writ has been dropped and a provincial election is underway. The campaign provides an opportunity for CHBA – Alberta and its members to ask questions about key issues for new home buyers and the residential construction industry.  

The most important issues in the 2015 Alberta election for our industry are the review of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and the promise to grant City Charters to Calgary and Edmonton.

As CHBA members, we encourage you to make your voices heard.


Click HERE for CHBA-Alberta’s guide on what you should know heading into the upcoming provincial election.




April 06, 2015

The last of three city reports on vacant lots in Edmonton indicates built-up areas have enough empty land to house at least 7,700 people.

The latest study shows Edmonton’s 92 established neighbourhoods, generally developed in the 1970s to 1990s, contain 148 vacant lots covering 88 hectares.

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Source: The Edmonton Journal

March 19, 2015

Following a surge in January, total housing starts in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) jumped in February to 1,946 units compared with 787 units recorded a year earlier. So far this year, housing starts across the Edmonton region have increased 142% over the first 2 months of 2014 to 3,778 units.

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March 11, 2015

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Reimbursement for 2/3rds of your training costs!

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is available NOW! and will reimburse employers for two-thirds of their eligible employee training costs to a maximum of $10,000 per individual to a total of $300,000 per company per year.  The training needs to be preapproved by the government prior to registration.

PHBI has designed quality training programs specifically tailored for you to take advantage of the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.  We have combined some of our course offerings in order to make them qualify for the grant and to assist employers in obtaining the practical, industry specific training their employees need.

In order to be eligible for the grant, the training must meet the following requirements:

1.  Over 25 hours in length, and

2. Completed within 52 weeks, and

3.  Results in credentialing, and

4.  Delivered by a third party

The Canada Alberta Job Grant Program provides employers with funds to send an existing or new employee to training that leads directly to available jobs. 

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For a list of eligible PHBI training programs, click here

Please contact PHBI at to find out the availability of recorded classroom sessions.


March 11, 2015

The date has been set for the Edmonton information session to learn how your company can achieve COR/SECOR– for free! This is a great opportunity for builder, trade and supplier members to save thousands of dollars by building their health and safety program and achieve SECOR/COR without the need to hire a consultant to assist them.

Information Session: April 9 – 9:30 am (Radisson South)

The information session will provide an overview of the pilot project and what the participants can expect to achieve by attending a one-day workshop each month for four months.

Please RSVP to to attend the session or if you have any questions.