Registration - In-house Organization
Canadian Home Builders' Association / Kevin Lee, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Version 42 of 42 (2019-09-06 to present)
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Subject Matter Details
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit
- Continued financial support for Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) activities under the R-2000 program
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit, Policies or Program
- Support for housing research, analysis and demonstration projects on topics of priority interest to the residential construction industry, e.g., on housing market trends
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
- Amendment of the Excise Tax Act to adopt a permanent home renovation GST rebate
- Amendments to Immigration Act with respect to transitional rules for some economic class immigrants, undocumented workers, and pass marks for those applying as immigrants to Canada as skilled people
- Amendments to the Excise Tax Act to adopt the single threshold/full rebate model for the GST New Housing Rebate for both home ownership and rental housing
- Modernize Tax Treatment of Joint Ventures in Residential Constructyion
- Opposition and modification of proposed changes to the tax treatment of privately held corporations.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Policies or Program, Regulation
- OSFI Guidelines for Residential Mortgage Insurance Underwriting Practices and Procedures (B-20 and B-21) - attention to the long‐term fundamentals of Canada’s housing system, as well as the impact on current markets and Canadians opportunity for homeownership, is an essential backdrop to any further federal policy or regulatory actions by the ensemble of agencies reporting to or through the Minister of Finance, and by the Department itself.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Regulation
- Revise tax rules for accessory suites, such as granny flats and laneway housing, as the current tax system, which incorporates land value rather than just construction costs, and is discouraging this important form of infill housing that is favoured by more and more municipalities. These innovative infill projects increase the number of affordable homes in established neighbourhoods.
- Revise the tax regime to avoid GST being applied to new “purposebuilt” rental developments. This increases rents for tenants and renders the business model for investing in purpose-built rentals less attractive, hence discouraging the construction of affordable rental properties.
Policies or Program
- Develop a next-generation energy rating system to replace EnerGuide
- Enhance R-2000 standard to reflect improvements in energy efficiency and water efficiency technologies, new building practices and technologies, and other factors that define R-2000 as the leading-edge home building standard
- Ensure that increased energy efficiency requirements under the model National Building Code follow proper protocols prior to adoption
- Ensuring that the National Housing Strategy and the Poverty Reduction Strategy are coordinated, and address the entire housing continuum, from transitional and social housing right up into market-rate rental and homeownership.
- Federal efforts via the Financial Transactions Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) to combat money-laundering as they affect the residential construction industry to ensure that regulations can in fact be implemented given the many small businesses involved in the industry
- Greenhouse gas emissions policy with regard to including residential sector savings in any cap-and-trade program and associated compensation arrangements
- Increase and target federal investment in housing R&D to build better houses for the same price or less.
- NAFTA renegotiation - minimize market disruptions from trade disputes with consultation and phased in duty implementation.
- Oppose Canada Post fee for post boxes in new residential developments
- Promote a federal YIMBY (yes in my backyard) campaign. New developments (especially densification and mixed income housing) are often met with local public opposition even when aligned with community plans. A national NIMBY-to-YIMBY campaign can facilitate a smoother transition into the communities of tomorrow.
- Replacement of the Contract Payment Reporting System with an alternative that requires all participants in the construction industry to register for a Business Number with the CRA, and that pursues those engaging in cash-only transactions much more aggressively
- Seek Federal research on improved environmental guidelines for residential communities to determine more specifically their cost and technological implications for practitioners in the residential cosntruction and development industries
- Support for Canadians in Housing Need - establish a Portable Housing Benefit that ties housing support to individuals, not buildings
- Support local and provincial submissions to the Red Tape Reduction Commission to address issues associated with the Contract Payment Reporting System operated by the Canada Revenue Agency
Policies or Program, Regulation
- Canada’s Housing Finance System - address stability concerns without causing damage to the residential construction industry or to the economy. Measures to cool markets can easily precipitate economic decline, triggering the very conditions they were intended to safeguard against.
- Financial Institutions: Ensuring that regulations and guidelines relating to the Interest Act and mortgage financing do not create market distortions that undermine housing affordability and choice
- Rigorously enforce provisions of the Income Tax Act and Excise Tax Act in relation to combating the underground "cash economy".
- Support Transit-Oriented Development, Complete Communities and the “Missing Middle” of Housing - To ensure that Canadians get maximum benefit from federal infrastructure investments, the Government needs to support increased supply in the “missing middle” – whether “gentle intensification” via secondary suites, conversion of larger units or medium-density low-rise mixed-income housing, in walkable communities with ready access to public transit.
- Support voluntary programming initiatives like ENERGY STAR, R‐2000 and CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program enable homeowners to choose higher levels of performance on a voluntary basis, moving the market forward without damaging affordability in entry‐level homes.
- Written communication
- Oral communication
- Grass-roots communication
- Bank of Canada
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
- Canada Post Corporation (CPC)
- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
- Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT)
- Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
- Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
- Finance Canada (FIN)
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC)
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- Health Canada (HC)
- House of Commons
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
- Infrastructure Canada (INFC)
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
- National Research Council (NRC)
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
- Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI)
- Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
- Privy Council Office (PCO)
- Public Safety Canada (PS)
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Senate of Canada
- Statistics Canada (StatCan)
- Transport Canada (TC)
- Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS)
In-house Organization Details
Description of the organization's activities
Mission Statement - The mission of the Canadian Home Builders' Association is to be the voice of the residential construction industry in Canada, to achieve an environment in which our membership can operate profitably and to promote affordability and choice in housing for all Canadians
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration
Kevin Lee, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Organization's membership or classes of membershipMembers are firms engaged in the residential construction industry, including new home builders, home renovators, residential developers, financial service providers, materials suppliers, insurers, realtors etc. Membership levels include national, provincial and local membership, each of which has associated fees and benefits.
End date of the last completed financial year: 2018-10-31
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In-house Organization Contact Information
141 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
Fax number: 613-232-8214
Lobbyists employed by the organization
- David Foster, Senior Advisor, Policy & Communications | No public offices held
- David Granovsky, Director, Government Relations | Public offices held
- Alana Lavoie, Senior Director, Policy & Urban Affairs | Public offices held
- Kevin Lee, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | Public offices held
- Natasha Rombough, Director, Marketing & Communications | No public offices held