OREA urges caution on minimum wage hike

In May 2017, the Ministry of Labour released the final report of their Changing Workplaces Review and introduced legislation to create Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Within the proposed legislation, OREA has significant concern regarding the planned increase of the minimum wage. Since 2010, Ontario’s minimum wage has increased by 12 percent. … Continued

OREA ADDS NEW POLICY EXPERTISE

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) today announced that Larissa Smit has joined OREA’s growing Government Relations team. “OREA is looking to strengthen our REALTOR® voice at Queen’s Park by enhancing the Association’s real estate and housing research capabilities. Larissa’s wealth of knowledge and experience will help OREA promote the Canadian dream of home ownership,” … Continued

REALTOR® Voice Gets Results

Last year, when the British Columbia government made knee-jerk decisions targeted at the real estate profession, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) took action to ensure that this scenario would not happen here. Our government relations team, led by CEO Tim Hudak, President Ettore Cardarelli and GRC Chair John Oddi, proactively held targeted meetings with … Continued

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