Building & Industry News

2020 CARE Awards – Call for Entry Launched

The Victoria Residential Builders Association (VRBA) has announced the Call for Entry for the 2020 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island. The CARE Awards is the premier industry event celebrating Canada’s leaders in...

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Construction Rebate Promotes Recovery, Jobs

BC has shown leadership in successfully battling COVID-19, but more can be done to promote our economic recovery and protect jobs. For example, in June the Newfoundland and Labrador government launched a rebate program providing up to $10,000 for renovations and the...

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Saanich Launches “Housing Strategy”  

The District of Saanich is launching a "housing strategy" and task force to address supply and affordability. This comes at a time when their housing starts are down -33% year-to-date vs 2019, which was even worse at -62% overall. The Times Colonist reports West Shore...

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West Shore Protects Housing Jobs During Pandemic

Housing industry jobs have continued during the pandemic, in large part, due to West Shore municipalities, especially Langford and Colwood with almost 50% of new homes. The most recent CMHC report shows Victoria housing is down -82% and Saanich is down -33%, while...

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WorkSafeBC Proposal Adds Costs, Slows Recovery

Last week, the Victoria Residential Builders Association wrote to the province expressing our concern about a new WorkSafeBC proposal to add “communicable viral pathogens, including COVID-19,” to employers’ insurance premiums under the Workers Compensation Act.  Any...

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Join VRBA During Annual Renewal

Now is the time to join the Victoria Residential Builders Association during our annual membership renewal starting July 1. Our association’s daily mission is to be effective, efficient and affordable for our members. We are the builders’ leading voice advocating...

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