Brantford REALTOR® Heads up Government Relations for Ontario Realtors®

The Government Relations team is excited to announce the appointment of John Oddi as Chair of OREA’s 2017-2018 Government Relations Committee. Mr. Oddi, will be leading some of OREA’s most important files, including; stopping the implementation of a mandatory energy audit scheme, and promoting affordable home ownership. “Ontario’s 70,000 REALTORS® are lucky to have John … Continued

That’s a RAP: New government relations initiative

A new initiative has been launched that aims to enhance the advocacy efforts of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) so that the REALTOR® voice is heard loud and clear in government circles. The REALTOR® Advocacy Project, also known as RAP, will focus on government relations and is a strategy to implement and lead lobbying … Continued

Premier Wynne meets with Ontario Realtors to discuss housing affordability

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) and the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) met with Premier Kathleen Wynne today to discuss housing affordability and other real estate issues affecting Ontarians. Realtors are encouraged by Premier Wynne’s commitment to helping more young Ontarians become home owners. “We discussed a range of solutions to help with home … Continued

OREA PAC 2016

  OREA’s government relations team is excited to welcome PAC delegates later this month to our annual Political Affairs Conference (PAC). PAC welcomes politically active Realtors® to help them deepen their understanding of political issues and encourage Realtor® participation in the political process. Most importantly, Realtor® delegates meet with MPPs to discuss Realtor® issues and … Continued

Ministers Receive their Mandate Letters

Last week, Premier Wynne released all of her ministers’ mandate letters. Beginning in 2014, she is the first premier to make these letters public. This was done with the intention of creating more openness, accountability and to reiterate the government’s commitments. The letters highlight the government’s commitment to growing jobs and the economy, investing in … Continued

Ontario’s Speech from the Throne

After a busy summer, MPPs are back at Queen’s Park. In the throne speech delivered earlier this week by Ontario’s lieutenant governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the government outlined their plans for this session. In the speech, the government re-affirms their commitment to balancing the budget next year and helping home owners reduce energy consumption. … Continued

OREA urges caution on a tax on foreign buyers in Ontario

Two weeks ago, the Government of British Columbia (BC) introduced a new 15 per cent land transfer tax on foreign buyers of residential real estate in that province. The tax was introduced with no consultation and virtually no notice. As Ontario considers measures to address the growing affordability challenge in our province, OREA urges all … Continued

Municipalities in Ontario Support Home Ownership

Did you know that some municipalities in Ontario have programs to help residents achieve the dream of home ownership? The home ownership component of the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program provides funding for renter households with low to moderate income to transition into home ownership. This is a joint program with funding provided … Continued

What are Ontario MPPs up to this summer?

Although the legislature has adjourned until September, Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) are kept busy during the summer months. When they are not in the legislature, MPPs spend time in their home ridings, listening to and helping their constituents. In addition to hearings and committee meetings, there are also two yet to be called by-elections … Continued