ADVOCACY

BILD Alberta advocates for members in order to advance business certainty. Through regular discussions with government, we advocate for developing and building affordable, efficient, innovative and liveable communities that serve the needs of all Albertans.

Advocacy Priorities

City Charters

July 29, 2020

City Charters for Calgary and Edmonton were introduced in the fall of 2018 without industry consultation. The Charters provided new powers to the two cities related to offsite levies, inclusionary housing and the environment. This created a significant degree of unpredictability within our industry as it has the potential for nearly limitless policies, powers and…

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Offsite Levies

July 29, 2020

Reducing red tape has been a central focus of the current government and BILD Alberta. In October 2019, BILD Alberta coordinated a collaborative submission with 29 recommendations focused on streamlining approval p Offsite levies remain one of the largest costs associated with developing land and ultimately building and buying homes. As an industry we have…

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Red Tape Reduction

July 29, 2020

Reducing red tape has been a central focus of the current government and BILD Alberta. In October 2019, BILD Alberta coordinated a collaborative submission with 29 recommendations focused on streamlining approval processes and costs for land developers, builders and renovators (read the full submission here). Significant progress has been made on industry priorities which are…

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Economic Recovery

July 29, 2020

In late-March, BILD Alberta began engaging multiple ministries and the Premier’s office to position the industry as a key driver in Alberta’s economic recovery. While the need to expedite legislative changes that reduce red tape and housing costs remains critical, we have also been advocating for the following: 1.     Strategic investments in infrastructure that promote…

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Construction as an Essential Service

July 29, 2020

From the onset of restrictions associated with COVID-19, BILD Alberta was focused on ensuring constructions sites and projects remained operational. Through significant advocacy and a commitment to enhanced safety measures, construction was deemed an essential service in Alberta whereas in many other provinces it was not. While some restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have…

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Recovery & Red Tape Reduction

May 28, 2020

Through collaboration with local associations and the Government of Alberta, construction sites and project approvals have remained in place through the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of this advocacy varies from member to member but it has reduced interest payments, cancelled contracts and preserved a significant number of jobs. While we continue to ensure sites stay…

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Advocacy Updates

BILD Alberta advocates for members in order to advance business certainty. Through regular discussions with government, we advocate for developing and building affordable, efficient, innovative and liveable communities that serve the needs of all Albertans.

Permit Delays Resolved Amended Ministerial Order

April 17, 2020

Municipal Affairs signed a Ministerial Order (No. 022/20) on March 25, 2020. The Order extended the timelines for appeal periods, subdivision approvals, public hearings and several other matters to October 1, 2020. While unintended, this Order effectively halted the majority of municipal permits and approvals. BILD Alberta has been working with Municipal Affairs to address…

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Ontario Closes Construction Sites

April 3, 2020

Earlier today, the Government of Ontario announced a revised list of essential businesses. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19. The updated restrictions included the stoppage of NEW construction starts.At the present time, we are not aware of the Government of Alberta pursuing similar restrictions but…

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Business Resilience through the COVID-19 Crisis

March 31, 2020

Growing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as and its impacts on our members and Alberta’s economy are unprecedented. All BILD Alberta work has shifted to identifying solutions that will help member companies navigate through these incredibly challenging times. BILD Alberta, CHBA National and local associations across the province will be engaging with their…

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Red Tape Reduction

February 3, 2020

BILD’s advocacy to remove red tape for home builders was successful during the recent election and was included in the UCP Platform. We have made nearly 30 submissions to Alberta’s Associate Ministry of Red Tape Reduction to address the regulatory burden on land developers, home builders, trades and suppliers. These touch on several ministries including Municipal…

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