HAVAN’s Government Relations goal is to minimize the cost of working with the government by advocating for housing policy that is transparent, predictable and accountable.
HAVAN influences policy at municipal, provincial and federal government levels in collaboration with CHBA-BC on provincial issues, and CHBA on federal issues.
HAVAN’s Director of Government Relations Diana Dilworth and Government Relations Associate Jay Chadha work with Metro Vancouver local governments on important public policy issues, including pending and existing regulations that impact the home building industry. Non-partisan policy analysis and strategic consultation are provided in a collaborative approach in order to efficiently deliver to market the required supply of homes to support Metro Vancouver’s 21 municipalities. Working with HAVAN members and industry stakeholders, to build and maintain positive relations with municipal, regional and provincial governments, HAVAN is the respected voice of Metro Vancouver’s residential construction industry.
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE ADVANCEMENTS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON HERE.
The first quarterly report of 2021 clearly shows the direct impact made by the residential construction industry across Metro Vancouver. As the report indicates, Metro-wide, the residential sector creates over 132,000 jobs, $8 billion in wages, and a combined investment value of $18.1 billion. Using two municipalities as an example; Maple Ridge sees over 5200 jobs, $316 million in wages, and $715 million in investment value, and the City of Vancouver generates over 38,000 jobs, $2.3 billion in wages, and $5.2 billion investment value. Add on the spin-off economies from people who live and work locally in their communities and the numbers will only grow exponentially. Click here for a list of data by the municipalities.
Day at the Legislature:
The second annual Day at the Legislature took place on Monday, November 26, 2019. HAVAN, CHBA-BC, and seven other local HBA’s from across the province met with over 50 MLAs including Premier John Horgan, Minister of Finance Carol James, Attorney General David Eby, Minister for Housing and Municipal Affairs Selina Robinson, along with Ministers Ralston, Donaldson, Bains, Fleming, Marks, and Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson.
The specific issues brought to the attention of the Premier, Cabinet Ministers, and MLAs were focused on the need to follow up on the over 85 issues identified in the recently released Development Approvals Process Review (DAPR) that contribute to the extended time frames associated with delivering housing in this province, and the need to defer moving ahead with proposed Prompt Payment Legislation pending more extensive review and observation of such legislation in other jurisdictions.
ARE WE BUILDING ENOUGH HOUSING SUPPLY?
Displaying the percentage of Annual housing achieved above or below Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy projections, this data is supported by projections and actual housing realized from 2011 – 2018 across eighteen Metro Vancouver municipalities.
STEP CODE: LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPT-IN UPDATE
HOUSING APPROVALS STUDY
The Housing Approvals Study (HAS), the third report in this series examines the building approval process in an effort to reduce unnecessary time and costs for the delivery of an efficient supply of affordable housing across Metro Vancouver.
View the Getting to Groundbreaking (G2G) Year 2 Report (Focus on WoodFrame Apartments)
View the Getting To Groundbreaking (G2G) Year 1 Report (Focus on Townhouses)