International Housing Study Tour

By Michael Collins-Williams, Director of Policy, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

2019 OHBA International Housing Study Tour This past May, the largest-yet international business delegation of 27 OHBA members from across Ontario travelled to Denmark and Sweden for OHBA’s 2019 International Housing Study Tour, which featured four jam-packed days of meeting directly with European academic, research, architectural and business leaders and tours of new communities. On […] ... Read more

Let’s Build Housing in Ontario

By Joe Vaccaro, CEO of OHBA

It’s time for bold leadership to fix the housing issues facing Ontario communities The urban dictionary defines the term, “elephant in the room” as “a very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it’s something […] ... Read more

Interim Control Bylaws – The Big Chill

By Ted McIntyre

By freezing development in its path, interim control bylaws can have unintended consequences describes the word Draconian as, “of, relating to, or characteristic of the Athenian statesman Draco, or his severe code of laws; rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.” This is noteworthy because, although not exactly a word one typically encounters in common parlance, […] ... Read more

Luxury Home Building – It’s All In The Details

By Peter Giffen

The obvious—and not so obvious—elements that define luxury home building “It’s about using stone and brick, not stucco; and natural stone, not veneer. It’s the extra things that go into the house.” Nikki Stefaniuk, the director of business development and marketing for RS Homes, is talking about some of the details that separate good from […] ... Read more

Ontario’s Growth Plan – Opportunity Knocks

By Isaac Tang, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto.

Why Ontario’s new Growth Plan could be good news for builders On May 2, 2019, the Government of Ontario released its highly anticipated policy document for stakeholders in the land development industry: A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The new Growth Plan is an important part of the Ford government’s […] ... Read more