Underground Economy

Legitimate contractors pay price of Ontario’s underground economy By Lindsey Cole Joe Vaccaro, chief executive officer of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), puts his views on the underground economy bluntly: Consumers take part in under-the-table transactions because they want a discount, plain and simple.  “They’re looking to save the tax. It’s a combination of[...]

CMHC’s new Housing Market Information Portal

CMHC provides objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.  Discover a wealth of information at http://www.cmhc.ca/hmiportal


TUESDAY MARCH 8, 2016 -  “Table Top Trade Show & Members Showcase” Dinner Meeting – 5:45pm Coppola’s Banquet Facility, 203 Carlton Street, St. Catharines WEDNESDAY MARCH 25, 2016 – EnerQuality  Housing Innovation Forum – Toronto  NextGen/Next10 Conference WEDNESDAY APRIL 13, 2016  – “Meet Your Municipal Leaders” Dinner Meeting – 5:45pm Four Points By Sheraton Niagara[...]

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

The RenoMark™ program identifies participating professional renovation general contractors and trade contractors, who are members of their local home building association. RenoMark™ contractors are held to a higher standard. They agree to the renovation-specific RenoMark™ Code of Conduct, which uses the national home building association’s Code of Ethics as a starting point. Niagara Area To[...]

Gifts for Teens

  The Niagara Home Builders’ Association members, industry colleagues, family and friends captured the Holiday Season at the annual Christmas Gala held at Club Roma on December 1st.  We thank our generous  sponsors and donors:  COGECO, MOEN, REGIONAL DOORS & HARDWARE, ENBRIDGE, SCHLAGE, Kenmore Homes, Meridian, Distinctive Designs & Cabinetry, DRT Custom Homes, A-1 Flooring[...]

2015 Member of the Year announced…

  The Niagara Home Builders’ Association recently presented the 2015 Member of the Year award to ED LUCCHETTA, Lucchetta Homes.  Ed is inspirational, innovative, extremely focused, and has a passion for our association that is second to none. Ed demonstrated strong leadership this past year as Association President; encouraging new member registration, member engagement at[...]

2015 Company of the Year announced…

  The Niagara Home Builders’ Association recently presented the 2015 Nick Basciano Company of the Year award to NIAGARA THIS WEEK in recognition of their media coverage of the association reporting awareness of our industry aims and issues among the general public. Niagara This Week employee participated on the Board and various committees of the[...]

Awards of Excellence – Excellence in Green

    EXCELLENCE IN GREEN was presented to Empire Communities.  Each Empire Community is master-planned to ensure the best lifestyle for its homeowners: pedestrian-friendly streets, parks and access to trails and recreational opportunities, incorporating sustainable design principles, planning for sustainable energy sources, and considering the environmental impact of any new site.  Empire strives to build[...]

Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

  A tribute to this dynamic sector that provides homes and jobs for Niagara’s’ residents, the 23 category program recognizes innovation, creativity and excellence in the residential construction industry in Niagara Region. …  The following entries took home first place:    

Awards of Excellence – Builder of the Year

  Rinaldi Homes captured the top award when named BUILDER OF THE YEAR.  Ongoing communication with customers throughout the entire construction process, weekly meetings with construction and sales teams, incorporating new products and improving building practices is Rinaldi Home’s key to success.  Believing in a higher level of eco-accountability, Rinaldi Homes is a participant in[...]