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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
43rd Annual Royal City Builders’ Awards Thursday November 6th, 2014   Message from Cori Lynn Germiquet, CEO New Westminster Chamber of Commerce:   On behalf of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, we wish to invite you to attend the...
Friday, June 13, 2014
The Urban Development Institute (UDI) is supportive of the Metro Vancouver transportation vision announced by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. The Mayor’s Council has provided a comprehensive and balanced vision that meets the needs of...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Vancouver, BC – The Urban Development Institute (UDI) welcomes today's B.C. provincial government announcement to increase the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) threshold under the First Time Home Buyers' Program from $425,000 to homes valued between $475...
Monday, December 2, 2013
The School of Community & Regional Planning (SCARP) holds an internship orientation session every year in January. The internship orientation is geared towards employers who have internship opportunities for planning students. The employers attend...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Vancouver, BC – The Urban Development Institute (UDI), today released its State of the Market Quarterly Publication for the second quarter of 2013.  The report, prepared by Urban Analytics, provides a comprehensive analysis of key macro-economic and...
Monday, January 28, 2013
The premier real estate body that represents the interests of over 600 of British Columbia’s leading residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developers has announced that it is expanding its membership and has formed a Fraser Valley...
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Urban Development Institute – Pacific Region, hosted its biennial ‘Awards for Excellence’ in urban development on Friday, 26 October 2012.  At a black tie gala event held in the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, the Institute recognized and celebrated...
Monday, October 29, 2012
      In their daily lives, the staff at British Columbia’s WBI Home Warranty Program work hard to build the next generation of warranty protection for builders, developers and homeowners in Western Canada.   For at least one day in...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Vancouver, BC – The Urban Development Institute (UDI) applauds the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability for its Final Report released earlier today.   UDI President and CEO, Anne McMullin, commended the Mayor for establishing housing...
Monday, July 9, 2012
Vancouver, BC – The Urban Development Institute (UDI) Board and Executive is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne McMullin as its new President and CEO, effective July 2012.  UDI Chair, Mr. Brian McCauley said, “After a lengthy nation-wide...
Friday, May 25, 2012
The premier industry body representing over 600 of British Columbia’s leading residential, commercial, industrial and institutional developers has welcomed in a new Chair at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 17th, 2012.  President and Chief...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Reforms announced today by the Canadian Government to the Fisheries Act are a victory for common sense sustainable development.  The Urban Development Institute (UDI) welcomes the focusing of fish habitat protection rules, and the clarification of...
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Urban Development Institute (UDI) supports strong steps by the Federal Government to streamline the environmental review system and reduce duplication with Provincial processes. Details announced by the Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
VICTORIA – New housing transition measures give certainty to an important economic sector and help to keep taxes equitable throughout the transition as the province returns to the PST, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced today. B.C....
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The BC Budget, released today by Minister Falcon and the BC Government, detailed strong measures that will support affordability and construction in the residential sector. Minister Falcon outlined in his Budget speech a new ‘First-time New Homebuyers...
Friday, February 17, 2012
The Urban Development Institute (UDI) applauds the HST transition rules announced earlier today by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon.  The new rules, as they apply to all new homes up to a threshold of $850,000, are a significant measure and positive...
Monday, February 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2012 -- Vancouver, BC -- It started in 1973. It happened again in 1990. And now it’s back. The third Greater Vancouver Urban Futures Opinion Survey has launched, but this time with a difference. Everything will be online...
Friday, January 20, 2012
Vancouver, BC – The Urban Development Institute (UDI) President, Mr Don Forsgren, yesterday announced that the Institute is inviting the industry, government, community groups and the general public to tackle BC’s housing affordability crisis together in...
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Housing Coalition Determined to Increase Affordable Rental SupplyVancouver – A B.C. coalition of industry, non-profit and government leaders today signed a Canadian Rental Housing Charter outlining a nine-point plan to increase the supply of affordable...
Friday, August 26, 2011
Vancouver, BC – The Urban Development Institute (UDI) is cautiously examining the implications of today’s HST Referendum results.  While the industry recognizes there are many positive aspects of a harmonized tax system for the industrial and...