Toronto Builder - Fall 2009 - (Page 11)

Prioritizing the Priorities By Leith Moore, Chair, BILD RED TAPE IS back on the front burner along with several other key issues that got waylaid as the HST took over the agenda for the first half of the year. All you policy wonks out there will recall that my inaugural address was titled Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet. The plan was to identify as many examples of red tape as we could at any level of government and then work towards the systematic elimination of redundant, excessive or outdated regulations. Just as we were getting down to work on the red tape agenda, the HST issue emerged and sucked all the air out of the room for about five months. Obviously, when a threat that big looms, you have to drop everything and tackle it head on, and that we did, culminating in the June 18th announcement of major enhancements to the tax treatment of new homes under HST. In the aftermath of the HST, the BILD Board of Directors met to determine what issues we needed to address on behalf of the membership going forward. It’s a sure sign of the times when there are so many issues that you have to start making lists and the list turns out to be as meaty as the one developed by the Board (see below for listing). Clearly, we’ve got some huge issues to tackle on behalf of all segments of the membership, but we said coming into this year that we wanted to advocate and communicate like never before and to add value like it’s going out of style, and we meant it. In fact, the moment we created the list, we got started on many of the items so by the time you read this, the list may be shorter. Meantime, please rest assured that as BILD targets these priorities, we will continue to deliver all the other programs and services you have to come to expect, just as before. Thanks for your continued support. A Clearly, we’ve got some huge issues to tackle on behalf of all segments of the membership, but we said coming into this year that we wanted to advocate and communicate like never before and to add value like it’s going out of style, and we meant it. BI L D Pr ior ities (not rank ordered) • • GST/HST rebate for substantial renovations Development Charges – Over the Top report update – DCs and other taxes, fees and levies (research report) – OMB appeals of Hemson by-laws Rental Housing Tax Reform Extending RenoMark™ to trade contractors Construction Financing • GST on new homes (graduated approach or higher thresholds) • Mandatory WSIB coverage • Challenging mandating of green standards • Tarion MSD coverage • Growth Plan conformity • Conference/Summit for elected officials • Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet • • • Toronto Builder • Fall 2009 • 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Toronto Builder - Fall 2009

Toronto Builder - Fall 2009
Contents
Chair’s Message
President’s Message
Double Victory for Fact-based Lobbying BILD Efforts Results in Better Tax Deal for Homebuyers and Builders
BILD Housing Study Tour
Moving the Future
LEED for Neighbourhood Development
Greenhouse
Habitat BBQ
Habitat BILD Day
National Home Show
RealNet GTA Market Update
Sponsor Profile
Calendar of Events
Marketing Partners and Corporate Sponsors
Welcome New Members
Index to Advertisers

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