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

Government Reviews Ontario’s Financial Planning Framework

Earlier last month, OREA made a submission to the Government of Ontario’s Expert Committee to Consider Financial Advisory and Financial Planning Policy Alternatives. OREA supports the Committee’s recommendation to increase financial literacy amongst youth in Ontario. As professionals who help consumers through one of their largest financial transactions in their lifetimes, REALTORS® know how important … Continued

Meet the New Minister of Energy, the Honourable Glenn Thibeault

This week, we will continue profiling ministers in Premier Wynne’s cabinet with the new Minister of Energy, the Honourable Glenn Thibeault. Minister Thibeault was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2015 representing the riding of Sudbury.  He previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the Honourable Glen … Continued

Meet the Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

This week we are profiling the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), the Honourable Glen Murray. Glen Murray was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Toronto Centre in 2010. Murray previously served as the Minister of a number of portfolios, including: Infrastructure; Transportation; Training, Colleges and Universities; and Research … Continued