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Victoria Green Party Candidate First to Respond to VRBA Survey on Housing

The following is a response to VRBA’s Housing Issues Survey for Federal Election Candidates. The first to respond to the survey is Jo-Ann Roberts, Green Party candidate in Victoria.     GST New Home Rebate BC has the highest average home price in Canada – $608,294. The second highest is Ontario – $454,098 a difference of about $154,000. […]

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An Opportunity For UBCM Delegates

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show is Sept 26 – 30 in Victoria. Local elected officials from across BC meet to pass resolutions and discuss issues with provincial representatives. Saanich is proposing two resolutions important to housing affordability. The first is Home Renovation Tax Credits which promotes energy efficiency, health and safety, […]

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Protect Housing in Urban Containment Areas

There is an ongoing erosion of housing in areas specifically designated for housing and development.   These areas are identified in community plans as Urban Containment Boundaries (UCB). The purpose of a UCB is to identify regions suitable for housing development and higher density encouraging diversity, affordability, efficient transit and infrastructure. By identifying a UCB, the […]

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CMHC Housing Outlook Conference – Nov 13

CMHC’s Housing Outlook Conference is Friday, Nov 13, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, 45 Songhees Road, Victoria, B.C. Register by telephone: 1-800-668-2642 Registration Fees Before October 23, 2015: $85.00/pp (+ $4.25 GST) = $89.25 After October 23, 2015: $126.00/pp (+ $6.00 GST) = $132.00 Program 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 […]

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August Posts Big Rise in Single Detached Housing Starts

CMHC released the housing starts data for August and the numbers showed a big jump in single detached construction at 87 homes vs 46 homes in August of last year. It’s been a long time since Victoria posted 87 single detached homes in one month, perhaps not since before the global housing decline in 2009. Langford represented almost half […]

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Study Shows Retrofits for Existing Housing Most Effective

Canada Mortgage and Housing studied the impact of renovations on homes and came up with some startling results. Before renovations, there were between 10.6 and 43.8 air changes per hour in the homes, with Energuide ratings between 55 and 18. After renovations, these air changes were reduced to 3.5 to 7.8 per hour and Energuide […]

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Vote for 2015 People’s Choice

The 2015 CARE Awards Finalists have been announced and you can help choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Beautifully crafted homes, kitchens, bathrooms and more can be viewed online starting Aug 24 – Sept 27 at careawards.ca and at the Hillside Centre photo display, Sept 4 – 18. Vote for your favourite project […]

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Housing Questions for Your Federal Candidates

Canadians will elect a federal govt on Oct 19.  Ask candidates if they support these measures to improve housing affordability: GST New Home Rebate Inflation has eroded the GST New Home Rebate introduced in 1991 so now less than 10% of Victoria residents qualify for the full rebate. Do you support adjusting and indexing the […]

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CMHC Reports Victoria A Low Risk Housing Market

CMHC releases house price analysis for 15 markets. Victoria is considered low risk. Read the analysis here – http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/nero/nere/2015/2015-08-13-1130.cfm

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Home Renovation Tax Credit Is Good Policy

A federal election is underway and the Conservative Party recently announced a permanent Home Renovation Tax Credit as part of their platform. Taxpayers would be able to claim up to 15% of the cost of renovations between $1,000 and $5,000 allowing a credit of up to $600 per year. A permanent Home Renovation Tax Credit is […]

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