Newly Appointed Chair
At last month's AGM, the baton was passed from outgoing Chair, Patrick Shaver, to newly appointed Chair, Paul Boskovich.

Paul brings his 15-years of industry expertise to the BILD Alberta board. He is President of Genstar Development Company and looks forward to guiding a grassroots approach to serving members over his term. Paul shared his optimistic thoughts about our industry in a recent interview with the Calgary Herald.

BILD Alberta would like to thank the following board members for their service:
  • Collin Campbell, Mattamy Homes
  • Ann Donald, BFL Canada
  • Gilles Huizinga, Galt Developments
  • Jeff Johnson, Jeff Johnson Consulting
  • Bryce Milliken, Ogilvie LLP
  • Trent Purvis, WSP
Join us in welcoming our new board members:
  • Steve Auty, Larimar Holdings
  • Brett Freisen, Hopewell Residential
  • Dhruv Gupta, Akash Homes
  • Dave Kunst, Select People Solutions
  • Marie Soprovich, Aquarian Renovations
  • Sandra Young, Pacesetter Homes
Prompt Payment & Pushing for
Immediate Change on Levies
Prompt Payment
Amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act including the introduction of Prompt Payment were presented last week. BILD Alberta has been active on this file since it was originally brought forward by the previous government. While there is support for enhanced protections for trade and supplier members, the legislation in its current form will unnecessarily add additional costs and administrative burden to member companies. We have created a dedicated webpage providing background and resources on Prompt Payment. Stay tuned for a webinar in mid-November focused on Prompt Payment.

Immediately following the release of the legislation BILD Alberta sent a letter to Minister Glubish expressing disappointment and recommending modifications. Our central focus is on extending the Prompt Payment period beyond a calendar month so companies are not forced to substantially modify accounting practices.

Prioritizing Changes to City Charters and Off-Site Levies
Through BILD Alberta’s advocacy, amendments related to Off-Site Levies and City Charters are being considered by the provincial government. We have been communicating the importance of expediting these changes as many municipalities have begun reviewing their Off-Site Levy Bylaws. 

Over the past week this has included a letter to Minister Allard of Municipal Affairs and a similar letter to the Premier.  

Red Tape Reduction
BILD Alberta sits on the Associate Ministry of Red Tape Reduction’s Construction Panel. In collaboration with other industry representatives, recommendations to the Associate Minister were finalized earlier this month. The highest priority items identified for land development and residential construction include:
  • Significantly modify powers related to Off-Site Levies under the Municipal Government Act and City Charters.
  • Remove references to Building Code from City Charters.
  • Establish a formal process to appeal Building Code interpretations to create consistency across the province.
  • Remove all references to Inclusionary Housing from City Charters and the Municipal Government Act.
  • Re-instate legislated approval timelines for building / development permit applications with municipalities and installing a deemed approved status when timelines are not met.
  • Significantly improve Water Act and Public Lands Act approval timelines.
  • Significantly improve Ministry of Transportation approval Timelines.

We look forward to working with the Associate Minister Grant Hunter and Government Staff on next steps.
Housing Data
The following table provides a snapshot of Alberta’s starts, inventory and sales. More information of the individual centres is available in the local reports.

In Your Local
CHBA Edmonton is having it's Annual General Meeting Nov. 5

BILD Calgary has a few upcoming events in November:
  • Stormwater Pollution - Nov. 10
  • Keeping Employees Engaged during COVID - Nov. 12
  • Digital Customer Experience on a Budget - Nov. 17

BILD Central Alberta has a lunch n' learn Nov. 18 on The CRA has come knocking…what do I need to know

UDI Edmonton is hosting a webinar for its members where guest speaker, Steve Lafleur from the Fraser Institute, will discuss Government Spending - Nov. 19