OREA’s 2016 Government Relations Committee

OREA’s GR team would like to welcome this year’s Government Relations Committee. Valerie Miles (Chair) Roger Bouma Glenda Brindle Kevin Crigger Henry David Stacey Evoy Amie Ferris Janice Myers Heidi Noel Von Palmer Robert Pfaff Debbie Vernon Sean Morrison Anna Vozza The committee helps identify legislative and regulatory issues that affect Ontario REALTORS® and the … Continued

Meet the New Government Relations Committee Chair: Valerie Miles

The Government Relations team is excited to announce the appointment of Valerie Miles as Chair of OREA’s 2016-17 Government Relations Committee. Ms. Miles also serves as Director-at-Large on the OREA Board of Directors. “In the past year, Ontario REALTORS® demonstrated how important advocacy is to our industry,” said Miles. “I look forward to working with … Continued

International Women’s Day

  On March 8th the world celebrated International Women’s Day. In the 98 years since women were granted the ability to vote by the Canadian government, women have made significant contributions to Canadian public and private life. Take for instance, in Ontario’s political realm, thirty-seven out of 107 Members of Provincial Parliament are female, including … Continued

Ontario Launches Airbnb Pilot Project

The province is collaborating with Airbnb to raise awareness about homeowners’ and consumers’ rights when booking or offering accommodations through Airbnb. Airbnb is an online platform that allows people to list or book private accommodations. The pilot project will create a webpage, with Ontario specific content, that will give users more information about reporting rental … Continued

Ontario Budget 2016

Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, presented the government’s 2016 Budget to the Legislature yesterday. The budget outlined the government’s plan to create jobs, grow the economy, invest in major infrastructure projects, low-carbon initiatives and programs to improve Ontario’s workforce. The Minister indicated that the government is on track to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18. … Continued

Private Members Bill Introduced on Home Inspector Licensing

On Monday, Trinity-Spadina MPP Han Dong ‎introduced a Private Member’s Bill that, if passed, would establish a home inspector licensing system in Ontario. Bill 165, the Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016, is based off of recommendations that came from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ Home Inspector Qualifications Panel. OREA has been an active participant on … Continued

Provincial Budget to be introduced next week

  The legislature resumed earlier this week and MPPs are back in Toronto. It’s an exciting time of year at Queen’s Park especially as the Minister of Finance announced the government would be introducing its budget next Thursday. During the pre-budget consultation process OREA made the following recommendations to the Minister of Finance and the … Continued

Tories Hold on to Whitby-Oshawa

The results are in for last night’s by-election. PC candidate, and Ontario’s newest MPP, Lorne Coe won the seat with a comfortable 25-point lead over Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy. Whitby Oshawa is considered a conservative stronghold. The seat was previously held by PC MPP Christine Elliott for a number of years. OREA’s GR team would … Continued

Ontario Realtors® advocate for tax relief for first-time home buyers

  Today, the Ontario Real Estate Association presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs urging the government to improve the affordability of home ownership for Ontario first-time home buyers by modernizing the land transfer tax (LTT) rebate. The presentation was part of the committee’s pre-budget consultations. “The dream of home ownership in … Continued