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Monday, September 26, 2016
UDI's Editor-At-Large David Allison calls for an end to the racist rhetoric that permeates the housing debate.  
Monday, September 19, 2016
The Federal Government has imposed a tariff on drywall material that has serious consequences for housing affordability. Last Tuesday the Canada Border Services Agency imposed the preliminary tariff of up to 276 per cent on U.S. gypsum board imported...
Monday, September 19, 2016
The BC Government is committing $500 million to supplying 2,900 rental units for British Columbians. The Urban Development Institute applauds the Government for reinvesting tax revenues toward creating more affordable homes. At the September 19th news...
Friday, September 16, 2016
UDI Congratulates Mayors’ Council on New Transit Investments The Urban Development Institute (UDI) applauds today’s Mayors’ Council’s funding announcement for the first phase of the 10-year Transportation and Transit Plan. “This is an important day for...
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Please see the attached UDI letter responding to the Housing Mix Policy. 
Friday, September 2, 2016
Statistics released today from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver show residential property sales in Metro Vancouver declined 26% in August compared to the same month one year ago, yet prices in attached and detached homes are still well above...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw describes solid waste regulations as well as tipping fees for waste and recycling at Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations, and is renewed annually. Metro Vancouver is proposing several changes to the...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Read BC's Climate Leadership Plan below.  A full list of steps are outlined in the doucment. Here are a few key steps:  Expanding support for zero emission vehicle charging stations in buildings Identifying tools to focus growth near transit...
Thursday, August 18, 2016
The City of Burnaby is embarking on a community planning process to update the Metrotown Development Plan. The first phase of this process is to obtain public input on the preliminary vision, principles, and land use framework and will take place from...
Friday, August 12, 2016
Metro Vancouver acts as the local government for Electoral Area A, providing certain key services. For communities on the Howe Sound mainland, Barnston Island, northern Indian Arm and west side of Pitt Lake, Metro Vancouver is responsible for local land...
Friday, August 12, 2016
Register today for Building Smart with Thermal Comfort, Solar Control and Passive Cooling webinar, Thursday, August 25, 2016.   Residential building expert Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.) presents principles to achieving optimal thermal comfort in...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
BCBEC presents a compelling 2016 Annual Conference and AGM. This one-day symposium is an industry-wide platform for networking, knowledge exchange and thought-provoking conversation.    Register before...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
We have an exciting lineup of seminars, including: Bullet-Proofing Your Business: Key Topics & Concerns for Business Owners and Independent ContractorsStrategic PlanningProposal WritingMicrosoft Excel and OneNote for the Building/Construction...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Superintendent of Real Estate is warning developers that under newly introduced Property Transfer Tax legislation they would face significant fines and/or imprisonment if they provide incorrect information intended to avoid the tax changes. The...
Friday, July 29, 2016
Below is a roundup of this week's news regarding the new additional 15% Property Transfer Tax for foreign buyers. BC Government News ReleaseUDI Letter to Premier ClarkUDI Media release UDI in the News: Property Transfer Tax: ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Some developers are claiming that the city of Vancouver's backlog of development permits has gotten so bad, they are waiting years for approval. "These are good rules, we make no apology for them."-  Geoff Meggs, city councillor Keith Roy, a home...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Topics discussed: How the new additional 15% PTT tax for foreign buyers might mpact the real estate market Municipal red tap slowing development approvals, delaying supply, and hurting housing affordability Listen here: http://cirh.streamon.fm/...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Complex permitting rules are holding up 69,500 housing units in a half-dozen Metro Vancouver cities, homes that the development industry says would help alleviate the region’s housing crunch. “It’s a bureaucratic quagmire. Municipalities must reduce...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Yesterday the Provincial Government announced of a large tax on foreign buyers of residential real estate While we understand why the government has decided to take this approach, we do have concerns about unintended consequences.   The industry’s...
Monday, July 25, 2016
Today the provincial government announced that effective August 2nd 2016 an additional 15% Property Transfer Tax (PTT) will apply for purchasers of Metro Vancouver residential real estate who are foreign nationals or foreign-controlled corporations....