HAMILTON, June 3, 2022 – The West End Home Builders’ Association congratulates Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party on being re-elected to a second majority government. Home builders, renovators, trade contractors and building suppliers in Hamilton, Burlington and across Ontario look forward to advancing our collaborative relationship to address the housing supply crisis that is impacting so many Ontarians.
“Our association applauds the Premier’s commitment to address the housing crisis head on by building 1.5 million new homes over ten years.” noted the Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s (OHBA) new CEO, Luca Bucci. “OHBA is ready to work with the provincial government to implement the bold solutions that will dramatically increase the supply of housing and make the dream of home ownership more affordable for the countless families and individuals who are unable to find a place to call home in a community where they can live, work and play.”
The CEO of the West End Home Builders’ Association, Mike Collins-Williams added, “Now is the opportunity for a newly elected strong, stable Majority Government to take decisive bold action to address the housing crisis. It is time for assertive provincial housing policy to get local politics out of planning.”
Through the work of the Home Builders’ Associations on local and provincial levels, housing was a key issue for voters this election spanning the entire political spectrum. The PC’s commitment to build 1.5 million homes in the next 10 years will require proactive policy changes that address the core issues restricting housing supply and driving up costs. These issues are development approval times, the availability of land and the red tape that overregulates home building. Many of the solutions can be found through the recommendations from the Housing Affordability Task Force report, published in 2022, which provides the blueprint for necessary change that will increase supply and lower the cost of homes.
“There is a blueprint to the problem, and people want solutions,” said Mr. Bucci. “The government can act quickly and decisively by working with our industry to implement the recommendations of the Housing Affordability Task Force. This would be a great first step to address the housing crisis – as it would bring supply online faster and ultimately make housing more attainable for the people and families looking to call Ontario home.”
The West End Home Builders’ Association congratulates and looks forward to working with our elected representatives in Hamilton and Burlington including: Effie Triantafilopoulos (Oakville North – Burlington), Natalie Pierre (Burlington), Donna Skelly (Flamborough-Glanbrook), Neil Lumsden (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek), Sandy Shaw (Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas), Monique Taylor (Hamilton Mountain), Andrea Horwath (Hamilton Centre).
The West End Home Builders’ Association (WE HBA) has been the voice of the local residential construction industry for 80 years, working as advocates and resources for over 300 members representing all facets of new home construction. The WE HBA is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations.
Elena Balaska, Manager of Membership & Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org | (289) 208 1442