COVID-19 Industry Update June 24, 2020

CHBA Update

Industry Status and Sentiments Survey

To bolster association advocacy, CHBA National invites members to complete this survey on the current state of your business and your experiences with the CEWS and other federal emergency programs. Aggregate data from the survey will help the association convey the challenges being faced by the sector to the federal government, and to provide additional data in support of modifications to the CEWS eligibility criteria. 

Take the CHBA survey now!


OHBA Updates

Ontario Land Tribunals & Executive Chair Marie Hubbard

Please be advised that the Government of Ontario has announced the creation of a new tribunal organization, the Ontario Land Tribunals, effective July 1, 2020. The new organization will include the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), Environmental Review Tribunal, Board of Negotiation, Conservation Review Board and the Mining and Lands Tribunal. The Assessment Review Board will remain a part of Tribunals Ontario. Marie Hubbard, the former Associate Chair of the LPAT, has been appointed as the Executive Chair of the Ontario Land Tribunals when the organization is established on July 1, 2020. 

Ontario Land Tribunals will adjudicate and mediate matters related to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, expropriated land valuation, mining and other matters. Ontario Land Tribunals will focus on land-related dispute resolution to help increase the housing supply in the province, while balancing the needs of environmental protection and conservation. 

Additionally, effective July 1st, fees for filing appeals with the LPAT will increase. The filling fees will depend on the type of appeal being made. Under the LPAT’s new fee model, different filing fees will be charged based on tribunal time and resources required to resolve different types of appeals. For additional details on this new fee model, please see the Tribunals Ontario news release.

The Ontario Land Tribunals will focus on more efficient land and environmental disputes resolution to help increase the housing supply, which helps support More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan. A news release from the Ministry of the Attorney General is available here.

As a result of the creation of the new organization, the former Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario website will be decommissioned. On July 1, 2020, the new Ontario Land Tribunals website will be found at 


OHBA Awards of Distinction

The OHBA 2020 AoD will be here before you know it! Reminder that the early bird deadline to submit for #OHBA2020AoD is June 26th.

What’s new for 2020? This year OHBA has created a new category, and is allowing for partner submissions in specific categories. For partner submissions, architectural designers, interior specialists, and marketing agencies will be eligible to submit in partnership with a builder/developer/renovator, in specified categories. The new category being featured is Amenities. This award recognizes the best single amenity within a multi-unit residential building by an OHBA builder member. Click here to read more on what’s new. Check out some of the big winners from last year’s 2019 AoD!

Register now! Visit for more information.


WEHBA Updates

Business Impact Survey

WE HBA is inviting our members to take part in a survey to help us better understand how our membership is operating and progressing through the COVID-19 State of Emergency. 

You will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to one of the local restaurants that partnered with WE HBA to feed front line workers during the pandemic!

West End HBA are being represented as an industry on the City of Hamilton’s Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Recovery. Working with an ambitious group of stakeholders, the Task Force will provide multi-sectoral leadership and direction to guide Hamilton’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic, towards development of an aggressive, action driven plan to position the City of Hamilton now, for long-term, sustainable and equitable economic recovery.

The survey has 23 questions and should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Take our survey now!


WE HBA Careers Page

Have you heard? The WE HBA has a launched a Careers Page!

Visit the WE HBA website to stay up to date on job opportunities in the industry from our many members.

Click here to check it out!


Ontario Home Builder Update

Ontario Home Builder Magazine has gone Virtual!

Check out the latest issue of the OHB Magazine online, their first release since the start of the pandemic!

Be sure to take a look at Page 11 – Ontario Report. WE HBA and President Rob Molinaro are featured for our efforts to feed front line workers during the pandemic.

Read the latest issue here now!


Weifoulds Update


COVID-19 Resource Portal

WeirFoulds LLP understands the challenges of these unprecedented times for every person and business in Canada and around the world, and they are here to help.

Their COVID-19 Resources Portal includes the latest articles from their lawyers to help people and businesses navigate the situation. They include information on changes to legislation and the impacts on various industries. WeirFoulds will continue to monitor these developments and publish timely updates.

Some recent articles you’ll find –

They have also set up a dedicated COVID-19 email address where you can send questions about your specific challenges. Feel free to reach out anytime to find out more!


Webinar Updates

BDO Webinar Part 3

Real Estate & Construction Industry: Navigating Government Programs and Return-to-Work Strategies

Join BDO Canada for the third installment in the Real Estate and Construction webinar series. Industry experts from their tax and digital strategy teams will discuss updates to government programs, and strategies as we move into the next phase of business reopening.

THURSDAY June 25 | 11 AM – 12 PM

Click here to register!

Missed out on the others? Access them here: Part 1 or Part 2


City Manager’s Webinar

With Tim Commisso, City of Burlington

Discussion Topics:

  • Post COVID-19 services
  • Future growth in the City
  • City initiatives that benefit the Development Industry

MONDAY June 29 | 3 PM – 4 PM

Register here now!


Webinar with SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP

Back to Basics – Condominium Development

The legal process to bring a condominium development from concept to closings is complex. Developers know any misstep can represent costly delay. Hosted by Terri Johns, President of T. Johns Consulting Group, join Partner Robert Mullin as this webinar walks through, step-by-step, the overall development process, identifying the major risk points, recent legislative changes and new opportunities. Aided with take-away material, this webinar will help to replace confusion with certainty.

TUESDAY July 7 | 12 PM – 1 PM

Register here!