Prompt Payment Survey
The Government of Alberta is seeking to introduce amendments to the Builders Lien Act. Included as part of this work is the development of what is referred to ‘Prompt Payment’. Prompt Payment is being considered in multiple provinces and is already active in Ontario. It involves stricter requirements for payment timelines (potentially 28-days) from owners to trades / suppliers and onto subtrades. This legislation is being developed at the request of numerous trade and supplier organizations who have indicated payment timelines have begun stretching beyond 70 days.

BILD Alberta has been engaging with members as part of a broader provincial consultation process. Ultimately, the success of home builders and land developers depends on strong trade and supplier partners. If trades and suppliers are struggling, the rest of the industry suffers. The solutions are not straightforward but BILD Alberta is committed to working with members and the Government of Alberta to develop legislation that protects the payment of trades and suppliers in a manner that considers the modern nature of project financing and delivery.

Preliminary recommendations BILD Alberta has provided to government include:
  • Retain freedom to contract provisions.
  • Assess the viability of a lengthened lien period and adjust holdbacks to provide increased protections to trades and suppliers while not overly restricting cashflow.
  • We are open to a prompt payment period, but 28-days may not work for all projects, specifically when they are utilizing various financing tools.
  • Any adjudication process must be developed carefully and administered by those who understand construction.

Service Alberta is looking for feedback on their review of Prompt Payment and the Builders Lien Act. If you would like to provide input, you can access their online survey through the below link. 
Housing Reports
HIGHLIGHTS
Housing Inventory: Year-to-date provincial inventory rose in January by 4.7%, totaling 5,594 units – a record high.

Housing Starts: Year-to-date housing starts are down compared to last year, with only Grande Prairie remaining unchanged.

Single-Detached Start: Year-to-date single-detached starts rose this month in the province with Edmonton and Grande Prairie having strong months.

Unit Sales: Year-to-date sales have been seeing increases in all markets except Medicine Hat.

Average Sale Price: Prices changes were mixed across the province in January, with five locales seeing price growth and the others seeing declines.

The following table provides a snapshot of key indicators for Alberta’s major centres. More detailed information of the individual centres is available in the local reports.
Red Tape Reduction Update
As BILD Alberta’s primary focus for advocacy, we continue to meet monthly with provincial staff and relevant ministers to advance recommendations put forward last fall. Significant progress has been made on a number of smaller items and we continue to emphasize the importance of addressing Offsite Levies and Inclusionary Housing. These are extremely high cost policy items that have added significant uncertainty to future land development and home construction projects. Our industry is one of Alberta’s largest job creators and it relies on strong provincial legislation to provide transparency, predictability and a level of certainty to ensure investment does not further leave the province. If you would like more information on this advocacy work, please contact BILD Alberta’s Executive Director, Scott Fash .
12-storey Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction STANDATA
N ew Building & Fire Code STANDATA have been released by Alberta Municipal Affairs. The following Building and Fire STANDATA are now available.


For more information regarding STANDATA please contact:
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Safety Services
1-866-421-6929

For other questions or concerns please contact:
BILD Alberta
Spring Conference 50% Full
Registration for the Spring Conference is now open and already 50% sold! 2020 Vision Conference brings together a wide array of topics that will be presented by these industry experts.

Presentations include:
  • Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Urbanism
  • Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Built Environment
  • And more!

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring , we have a variety of packages to fit your budget.
Borger Group of Companies
Enmax
Grant Thornton
IBI Group
Scheffer Andrew
Select Engineering Consultants
Tetra Tech Canada
Travelers Canada
Urban Systems
BILD Alberta Awards Criteria Now Available
BILD Alberta Awards criteria is now online. Start assembling your submissions to compete to be Alberta's best. Deadline is Wednesday, May 27 at noon .

The BILD Alberta Awards are one of the most prestigious of home building, land development, renovation and safety award programs in Canada. Whether a finalist or winner, the BILD Alberta Awards logo carries recognition as a mark of excellence in the eyes of the industry and public, thus offering a competitive edge worth achieving.

With over 30 categories, the BILD Alberta Awards will honour the exceptional achievements of our members. We encourage you to review the submission requirements for the awards and start compiling your submissions today!
Speech from Throne - Briefing Note
The UCP Government laid out its’ legislative priorities for the second session of the 30 th Alberta Legislature with the Speech from the Throne delivered by Her Honour, Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, at 3pm on February 25, 2020.
In the Throne speech, it was noted that, the Government will:
  • Introduce bills to make it easier, faster and less expensive for business, community groups and governments to deliver services and create jobs.
  • Support the growing efforts of major Alberta energy producers to achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Upcoming Events
- Mar. 18 - Luncheon - Balancing Growth with Heritage

- Mar. 14 - CHBA Edmonton Awards of Excellence
- Mar. 19 - Home Building 101 Series - Site & Foundation

- Mar. 19 - Luncheon featuring guest speaker: Associate Minister Grant Hunter

- Banff - April 16 & 17 - Registration now open!
- Jasper - September 10 - 13

Are you a member hosting a session, workshop or webinar that will educate industry members? Let us know and we will share it on our website .