We hope members were able to enjoy a wonderful holiday break and rang in the New Year with a fond farewell to 2020.
This year is off to a busy start! Within days of the new year, we witnessed a change in government with the resignation of Municipal Affairs Minister Allard. We look forward to working with interim Minister, Ric McIver.
Red Tape Reduction
While industry saw a significant number of positive legislative changes under Bill 48, work surrounding the next phases of Red Tape Reduction remains a priority. Some items of focus include:
- Removing unnecessary Building Code requirements
- Additional changes to the Off-Site Levies Regulation
- Removal of Off-Site Levies and Inclusionary Housing from City Charters
- Streamlining approvals Environmental and Transportation
BILD Alberta remains engaged with the Associate Ministry of Red Tape Reduction and specific Ministries to make these changes a reality.
Builders’ Lien Act & Prompt Payment
BILD Alberta and member representatives have been engaging Service Alberta on Prompt Payment and other changes to the Builders’ Lien Act. Advocacy is focussed on:
- Lengthening the 28-day prompt pay period to avoid unnecessary administrative burdens on member companies.
- Ensuring a proper prompt payment adjudication process that avoids frivolous claims.
- Establishing a system of progressive release of lien fund holdbacks to free up cash flow.
A formal submission is in development and will be shared with members next month.
Privatization of Land Titles
Service Alberta is assessing privatization of land titles services and BILD Alberta is seeking member input. If you have specific feedback or recommendations on the privatization of land titles please contact Saheb Dullet. Regardless of the path the Government of Alberta chooses, BILD Alberta will begin advocating for further digitization and streamlining of the overall land titles process.
A number of members have been raising concerns over the rising costs of insurance for condominium projects. BILD Alberta is reaching out to other associations and CHBA National to better understand the issue and determine any advocacy options.