Presentation to Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab

  It took Steve Ludzik 12 years to finally break his silence about battling the degenerative neurological disease – Parkinsons. The former National Hockey League player and coach decided not only to raise awareness, but also fight back through the opening of a rehab center in Niagara.  The journey began by connecting with Rick Dykstra[...]

Tarion: How to Protect Your Home From the Elements this Spring

Even though your home braved the cold this winter, you should still be protecting it against the elements as the weather warms up. The ice storm in December has opened our eyes to the need to prepare our homes, and ourselves, for extreme weather events. Draining and shutting off water pipes to prevent freezing and[...]

Government ignores advice on Ontario College of Trades

RE: ‘Questioning the College of Trades,” Brant News March 21, 2014 The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) would like to provide additional context to some of the comments made by the chair of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), Ron Johnson, in the March 21 article “Questioning the College of Trades.” Tradespeople, professionals and industry[...]

Provincial Government Releases New Provincial Policy Statement

  On February 24th the Provincial Government released a new Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) that includes a very short transition window with an “in effect” date of April 30, 2014. The PPS, issued under the Planning Act, is the statement of the provincial interest in land-use planning while recognizing the diversity of Ontario.  Provincial plans[...]

Ministry of Labour: New Regulations Active for Summer 2014

  The Ministry has introduced three new regulations: The Ministry of Labour has created a new training standard for Working at Heights. The standard is currently voluntary but is expected to become mandatory by the summer of 2014 and will later be expanded to all sectors.  OHBA is requesting the Ministry allow for transition provisions,[...]

Industry applauds Province for proposing new building options

  Wood is Good: Six-Storey Wood Buildings coming to Ontario The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) applaud the provincial government’s proposal to allow for the construction of six storey wood-frame buildings. MEDIA RELEASE  

Fun on the Ice at TD Rink by the Brink

Last Friday, members of the Niagara Home Builders Association and the Ontario Home Builders Association skated along beside hockey greats STEVE LUDZIK, RICK VAIVE, BOB MANO AND DAVE GORMAN.  The Charity Event took place at the TD Rink by the Brink in Niagara Falls.  The sun was bright, the air brisk and the ice crisp[...]

CHBA Actions Result in Canada Post Suspending $200 CMB Fee for Two More Years – to 2016

  CHBA is very pleased to announce that today we have been informed that Canada Post has agreed to “defer the implementation date of the community mailbox fee for new development for a [further] two-year period until January 1, 2016.”  This is a significant victory for CHBA’s members, and especially for new home buyers, from[...]

NHBA is proud to be a part of “Something Big!”

  NHBA Christmas Committee members delivered donated gifts for teens, collected at the annual Christmas Dinner Party, to the BBBS Executive Directors for distribution across Niagara.    Lynda Busch NHBA; Barb Van Der Heyden, BBBS Welland, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Greater Fort Erie: Geri Morrone Meridian Credit Union; Gerry Ducharme, Regional Doors & Hardware;[...]

RENOMARK™ – a program providing consumers with a great place to start their search for a professional renovator

  The goal of the program is to differentiate professional renovator members from non-member renovators enhancing the image of the industry and inspire consumer confidence.  Only Niagara  Home Builders’ Association members are eligible to display the RenoMark™ symbol. Momentum is growing as the RenoMark™ expands across Canada.  Central to the entire RenoMark™ program is the[...]