HAVAN   News
May 2, 2020
GRU #355
Government Relations Update #355
Mark Sakai, Director of Government Relations &
Jay Chadha, Government Relations Research Associate
Twitter: @Mark_HAVAN
Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Will the Provincial Government begin loosening restrictions and slowly beginning reopening the economy? Only if we keep flattening the curve and wrestle this virus to the ground. Keep up the good work, BC -- it's the only way out of this.

  • Canadian banks are likely to tighten access to home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) once COVID-19 related govt. assistance programs end as per this piece in Reuters.
  • From The Globe and Mail - ‘Developers try new ways to sell condos amid pandemic’. 
  • Here is another story from someone trying to navigate through selling a home during the pandemic.
  • Burnaby Councillor Joe Keithley, with backup from Mayor Mike Hurley, perform a COVID-19 song written by the former DOA front man: “We’re All In This Together”. 

For Your Information

  • On Wednesday, Vancouver Council approved the Climate Emergency Response: VBBL 2021 For Part 9 Residential Buildings (staff report here). HAVAN consulted with City staff extensively on this policy, and provided a letter of support to Council, asking to be involved in the implementation and monitoring stages of the By-Law, which goes into effect in January 2022. You can see the staff presentation slide deck here. The only amendment made by Council was a direction to staff to work with the Heritage Commission on flexibility for modest renovations and additions to heritage and character homes. 
  • Here is the City of Vancouver’s presentation on ‘COVID-19 Housing Response and Recovery’ also from their meeting on 29 April and here’s a piece from DailyHive on the presentation.  
  • The City of Richmond is hosting a series of Virtual Builders Breakfasts between May 6 and May 20. This email from EnergySave Richmond contains the exact schedule and additional details regarding these sessions. You can RSVP by emailing your full name and email address to Energysave@richmond.ca. 
For Your Information

  • We received this letter from Coquitlam regarding their City-Wide Parking Review. Staff are looking to report to Council on this matter on May 25 and as such as looking for feedback by May 8. This is a great opportunity to provide your comments before the finalization of the report and you can send your comments/feedback to mark@havan.ca. 
  • On the agenda for Coquitlam’s Council-in-Committee meeting of 4 May is a report on ‘COVID-19 Financial Impacts’.
For Your Information

  • Here is a video on Langley Township’s Energy Efficient Demonstration Home built by Clay Construction. This step 3 home was part of the township’s Step Code Demonstration Home tour from August and December 2019. 
  • Here’s an article from the Western Investor on Surrey’s Anniedale-Tynehead neighbourhood. 
  • On the agenda for Surrey’s Regular Council (Public Hearing) meeting of 4 May are the following corporate reports: COVID-19: Emergency Operations Centre Update (R070); Surrey Economic Action and Recovery Plan from the COVID-19 Pandemic, including some significant assists for multi-family applications in the City Centre (R071); Redwood Heights Neighbourhood Concept Plan - Stage 2 Final Report (R079). 
For Your Information

For Your Information

  • Here is Central 1’s latest economic forecast report for B.C. 
  • The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers has opened for applications starting 1 May. 
  • Here’s Frances Bula’s G&M story (copied as her blog) on why the more successful transit systems suffered the most when the pandemic hit.
  • Here is the COVID-19 dedicated web page for the Office of Housing and Construction Standards Building & Safety Standards Branch. 
  • Tiff Macklem has been appointed as the new Governor of the Bank of Canada. He was part of Bank of Canada’s senior leadership during the global financial crisis just over a decade ago and has recently been one of the leading voices for a shift towards a low-carbon economy. 
For Your Information
For Your Information

  • How are out-of-work renters getting by in BC? Frances Bula’s piece on the Sightline Institute’s webpage looks at how people are trying to make ends meet.

For Your Information

  • The Pembina Institute is hosting their first Reframed Tech Series webinar on 13 May with a focus on prefabricated panels and deep retrofits. You can register for the webinar here and for additional details you can visit the Pembina Institute’s Reframed web page. 
  • Here’s an interesting perspective on letters to Council, from a sitting Lower Mainland City Councillor – New Westminster’s Patrick Johnstone.
  • In order to develop a home performance industry response to COVID-19, the Home Performance Stakeholder Council (HPSC) is hosting an online meeting for all home performance contractors, and other stakeholders, to better understand industry needs and to collect ideas around what government actions would be most effective in meeting your business challenges. The meeting is scheduled for 7 May and you can register here
  • From Forbes Real Estate Council - Three Ways to Market Your Real Estate Deal While Social Distancing. 
HAVAN, through its Director of Government Relations, works with Metro Vancouver local governments on important public policy issues, including pending and existing regulations which impact the home building industry. Non-partisan policy analysis and strategic consultation is provided in a collaborative approach in order to efficiently deliver to market the required supply of homes to support Metro Vancouver's 21 municipalities. Working with HAVAN members and industry stakeholders, to build and maintain positive relations with municipal, regional and provincial governments, HAVAN is the respected voice of Metro Vancouver's residential construction industry.
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