Toronto Builder - Fall 2009 - (Page 12)

A hummer of a summer By Stephen Dupuis President and Chief Executive Officer THE NOTION OF summer being a quiet time around the Association seems to have gone out the window along with things like being able to drive against the grain in rush hour or a five-year development charge by-law. While summer is always a busy planning period for the Association, this past summer was a hummer, particularly on the issues front. As we all know, the HST issue came to a head in mid-June with the announcement of some major enhancements by the Province. With that, we turned our attention to helping members understand the complex HST transition rules. Our sold-out breakfast seminar on July 22 felt a little like summer school as we all grappled with the tax rates and rebates which vary by sale and/ or closing date as well as product-type. If anything, the HST seminar proved the need for further efforts by BILD to ensure members have a full and complete understanding of the transition rules, possibly in the form of a Builders’ Guide. As always, the insightful questions from the membership revealed some grey areas or gaps to be followed-up on either by BILD or the Provincial and Federal governments. The best thing builders can do to avoid the complexities of HST transition is to go flat-out to close homes or provide condo occupancies prior to July 1, 2010. There has never been a more important time for builders, suppliers and trades to work together to deliver homes as rapidly as possible without compromising quality and safety. Let’s all work together to “Beat the HST.” SUMMER BUMMER Of course it’s hard to deliver homes when you can’t even get started, but that’s the predicament some Toronto builders found themselves in this summer as a result of the civic workers strike. While garbage got all the headlines, the building permit processing and inspection function was also on hold starting June 22 and still counting at the time of writing of this column on July 23. association) as well as a commitment from New Brunswick, which could be part of the Program as early as the Fall. Last but not least is the fact that our 17th annual Charity BBQ raised more than $24,000 towards our community partnership with Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Proceeds will go towards our sixth home as a title home donor. The generosity and support of the membership is part of the reason I always say how proud I am to be President and CEO of BILD. A GOOD NEWS FILE Taking a cue from some of the Toronto radio stations, I’m making a point of including some good news whenever possible and topping my list is the fact that new home sales in June (RealNet Canada Inc.) were UP – yes, UP – by 16 per cent compared with June, 2008. In fact, new home sales in June were the highest of any month since June, 2007. There’s also good news on the RenoMark™ front as the summer witnessed launches by the Hamilton-Halton HBA and CHBA Sea to Sky (the Whistler, BC 12 • Toronto Builder • Fall 2009 The best thing builders can do to avoid the complexities of HST transition is to go flat-out to close homes or provide condo occupancies prior to July 1, 2010. There has never been a more important time for builders, suppliers and trades to work together to deliver homes as rapidly as possible without compromising quality and safety.

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

Toronto Builder - Fall 2009

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