Ontario’s NEW 26th Premier and his Cabinet

  Earlier today Premier Doug Ford was sworn in as Ontario’s 26th Premier and announced his Cabinet. With just 21 Ministers, this government’s Cabinet is smaller than previous governments. Below is a summary of some key Ministers that will oversee issues that are important to OREA and our members. For a complete list of the Cabinet, … Continued

New Employment Standard Act

Real estate is a unique profession. Therefore, it is a priority for the Ontario Real Estate Association to maintain REALTORS’® exemption under the Employment Standards Act. In 2015, the Minister of Labour initiated the Changing Workplaces Review to assess the Employment Standards Act (ESA) given the changing nature of the workforce in Ontario. The review … Continued

Ontario Government Announces New Standard Lease Agreement

Last week, the Ontario Government released a new standardized lease agreement for private residential leases which includes; single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condos and secondary units. As of April 30th, 2018, all leases used by a landlord must be the new standardized lease. For any lease that is signed after this date that … Continued

Bill 166, Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017 – Q&A

Yesterday, Bill 166, Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017, passed third reading and received Royal Assent. To help Ontario’s REALTORS® better understand the legislation, OREA has drafted some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have any other questions about the REBBA Review and the next steps, please contact the Government Relations team at REBBAReform@orea.com. … Continued

New Rent Control Rules REALTORS® Need to Know

In April 2017, the Government of Ontario announced Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan, comprised of 16 new housing measures. As part of the Housing Plan, many of the measures focused on the rental-housing market and introduced Bill 124, the Rental Fairness Act, 2017. Ontario recently announced new rules pertaining to evictions. Effective, September 1st, 2017, when … Continued

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


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