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VRBA is the industry’s leading advocate for housing affordability and professionalism. Canadian Contractor Magazine interviewed Casey Edge, Executive Director and this is what he had to say about housing affordability, BC Energy Step Code, zoning and other topics. 

Here is a recent newsletter giving you an idea of our activities. 

The first thing you should know is we offer real value to our members including new home and renovation projects for our builders, free construction contracts, and free education seminars that qualify for Continuing Professional Development credits. We partner with the Vancouver Island Construction Association to deliver education and training to licensed builders. 

For those familiar with our association, our online application for membership is here.

Or download the application form. VRBA membership costs $1,200 annually plus a one-time processing fee of $150. See fee schedule.

We also have a monthly payment plan option that spreads your fee payments over the year. Contact Debra Dahlgren at admin@vrba.ca or call 250.383.5044 for more information.

 In 2016, we were runner-up for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award. You can view the video here.

 For more info about our association, please read on:

The Victoria Residential Builders Association is an inclusive,  independent, non-profit incorporated in 1940 – one of the most respected and progressive industry associations in Canada. We are the  professional voice for builders, renovators, designers, trades and suppliers with members from Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and BC’s interior. 

 We are at the forefront of advocating industry issues including mandatory education and training for builders and a uniform building code – both recently introduced by the BC government. We continue to advocate for a renovation tax credit to help address costs of asbestos mitigation, as well as other concerns important to housing affordability and professionalism. 

Our members are Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction. The evidence is displayed annually at our CARE Awards highlighting the outstanding skill of our builders, designers and trades. It is also a members-only awards program to protect consumers and industry professionalism. Read more here. 

VRBA benefits include contractors receiving Expression of Interest projects sent to us by consumers considering a new home or renovation. This offers builders direct business opportunities for their membership.  

Our suppliers/trades/professionals receive Expressions of Interest for quotes on products and services from our builders.  

We work with BCCA Employee Benefit Trust to provide an affordable, quality benefits program for our members.

Builder members also receive free New Home Fixed Price Construction contracts and New Home and Renovation Cost Plus contracts to do business. You have paid for membership and contracts should be inclusive with your fees…and be accessible when YOU need them.

We work with Built Green Canada to promote energy efficient, sustainable construction. 

We believe education should be accessible, practical and valued. Our annual education seminar covers building envelope and energy efficient construction techniques as well as BC regulatory changes. This seminar is available free for one representative per VRBA member company. Additional attendees will be charged an affordable fee. Members have paid their membership fees and should receive reasonable and affordable benefit.          

Builders and renovators represent 60% of our membership – double the industry association average. Why so high? Our Builders Council leads the most effective advocacy program in Canada.  We always pursue a win/win but the bottom-line is we represent our members to government, not government to our members. Practice diligence before joining an industry organization to ensure your issues are being represented appropriately. We have saved contractors tens of thousands of dollars by challenging unnecessary regulations, taxes, and inefficient processes at the national, provincial and local levels. Our members expect results and we deliver.

Read our news blog, which also appears weekly in Wednesday’s Times Colonist newspaper. No other industry association provides more timely, researched, and consistent industry messaging rooted in the real-world business experience of our members. The cost of housing continues to escalate due to 3 levels of government using housing as a source of revenue.

And we like to have some fun! We draw weekly for a pair of Victoria Royals hockey tickets for members, and we have a co-ed recreational, non-contact hockey team playing Wednesday nights.

Our modern Code of Ethics, Crystal Ball Housing Forecast, networking/educational dinner meetings, golf tournament and more provide the best industry association value for your money.

100% of YOUR membership fees stay here to market YOUR business in YOUR community!

We are taking the lead in these fast-changing times – VRBA’s Twitter has more than 4,000 followers – the most for a builders association in BC and one of the highest in Canada! We are also connected via Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. 

You will soon discover why industry professionals value their membership in the Victoria Residential Builders Association.

Our online application for membership is here. Or download the application form.

Or contact Casey Edge, Executive Director at admin@vrba.ca; call 250.383.5044

Drop by for a chat to discuss the industry and membership. We look forward to meeting you!

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