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Are you concerned about housing affordability?

Are you concerned about housing affordability? –   As the Association gears up for the 2019 federal election campaign, a new blog post on is encouraging Canadians to share their stories on the website. The post states that “[t]here are many factors affecting Canadians’ ability to afford their own homes. Tell us about […]

CHBA Renovator’s Manual – Sneak Peak

CHBA has a Renovators’ Manual in the works. Similar to CHBA’s best-selling Builders’ Manual, the Renovators’ version applies building science to renovations. Existing buildings are going to be important as Canada takes steps to limit climate change. This month CHBA is offering a small sample of what readers can expect from the new book, when it […]

2019 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence Winners Announced!!

Winners Announced for 2019 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO – MAY 10, 2019 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) is pleased to announce the winners for its 2019 National Awards for Housing Excellence, powered by Avid Ratings Canada and representing the best new homes, new communities, home renovations, and residential […]

Opinion: More Needs to Be Done to Unlock the Door to Homeownership

With just over a week to go until CHBA CEO Kevin Lee’s appearance as a panelist on the Sixth Estate’s show on housing from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, he shares his views on how the federal government can work with CHBA to unlock the door to homeownership. Read the full article here  

Women encouraged to pursue career in skilled trades

It’s no secret the demand for skilled trades workers in Canada continues to increase. According to their 2019 report, BuildForce Canada has identified a future gap in tradespeople with over 91,100 workers expected to retire by 2028 – just in Ontario alone. The construction industry, as well as the educators at Skilled Trades College of […]

Net Zero Homes & the Future of Home Building

As of January 1st 2019, all new homes built by Doug Tarry Homes will be built to Net Zero Ready as the minimum standard. This is the final outcome of being committed to this goal specifically while on the path of continual improvement over the last decade!   But why is this a goal you […]

Action on Proposed Changes to Stair Dimensions

CHBA is urging builders to participate in a National Research Council survey on changes to step dimensions for the 2020 National Building Code. With the increase to a 10 in. tread in the 2015 Code yet to be adopted in some jurisdictions, proponents are already calling for a further increase to 11 in., along with […]

CHBA – Home Buyer Preference Survey

CHBA Home Buyer Preference Survey – The Largest Market Research Study in Canada SIGN UP ENDS DECEMBER 8TH The CHBA has launched the fourth National Home Buyer Preference Survey in partnership with Avid Ratings Canada, and this is a valuable opportunity for home builder members from our local HBA. If you participate in the survey, […]


On Wednesday, October 26th at the Net Zero Energy Housing Council meeting, members were the first to get a look at the new Net Zero Home branding. It included the new Program name, logo, and tagline as well as key messaging such as the “elevator pitch” and some language/copy on the main benefits of these […]

Imagine Your Future in the Residential Construction Industry

Looking for a rewarding career with great prospects for employment today and in the future? Then take a close look at the residential construction industry. Building and renovating homes combine practical skills with creative thinking. It is a great fit for those who thrive on challenges, who like working with others, and who love seeing […]

Some Fixes to Recent Mortgage Insurance Rule Changes

Some Fixes to Recent Mortgage Insurance Rule Changes As you are aware, on October 3rd, Finance Minister Morneau announced a tightening of rules on mortgage insurance. CHBA is concerned that these new rules go too far, and will harm markets that are already challenged while doing little to address the ongoing supply pressures evident in […]

Illegal Building – Tarion

By Jason Miller   BELLEVILLE – The city’s building department is working in conjunction with a provincially-run agency to stop illegal builds like the dream log home of a Napanee couple bilked out of $850,000 in construction costs and left without a place to call home. “They left them with the walls of a log cabin, no […]

Home Hardware Announces Geerlinks Home Hardware Building Centre as Store of the Year   St. Jacobs, ON, May 2, 2016 – Home Hardware Stores Limited is pleased to announce the recipient of the annual Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award. Now in its 19th year, the award pays tribute to the top store […]

Building Permits

Understanding the importance of building permits Building permits are a formal permission for the construction, demolition or alteration of a home, and acquiring them can be a complicated process. Bryan Tuckey So, you’ve decided to renovate. A home renovation is a great way to increase the value, not to mention your enjoyment of your home. […]

Inclusionary Zoning

Nothing is ever free, someone has to pay. Therefore when Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on Monday that it will be proposing legislation for “inclusionary zoning” my first reaction was: ‘new homebuyers are going to have to pay more.’ While Monday’s official press release sounds good, it is very concerning to anyone […]

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