Government Relations

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.


Government Relations Quarterly Report #2: BC Energy Step Code Municipal Adoption Summary
May 19, 2021

Metro Vancouver Energy Step Code Requirements


View the full QR2-2021 Report.

QR2-2021 report identifies the various stages of Metro Vancouver’s 21 municipalities’ adoption of the BC Energy Step Code. The data breaks down Metro Vancouver by its 21 municipalities, listing Part 9 and Part 3 with the associated target adoption dates for the BC Energy Step Code. The goal of this report is to contribute to the dialogue on energy efficiency and the provision of much-needed, affordable, housing supply to address Metro Vancouver’s housing crisis. The BC Energy Step Code table will be updated monthly to provide members with real-time data to help navigate code requirements across the region.


2021 Quarterly Report #1 (QR1-2021)

QR1-2021 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.

BC ENERGY STEP CODE UPDATES (October 15, 2021 Update)

Implementation of the BC Energy Step Code continues to be inconsistent across the lower mainland, with some municipalities not yet having opted-in, and others requiring adherence to Step 5.

To ensure that our members have access to real-time requirements of all Metro Vancouver municipalities, HAVAN has developed this tracking sheet that will be updated on a monthly basis.


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GR WINS – A HISTORICAL REVIEW (click this link)

Past wins are found in this section.


Government Relations Contacts:

Diana Dilworth, Director of Government Relations
Diana’s twitter feed is of her own opinion, and not that of the HAVAN.


Jay Chadha, Government Relations Associate
Jay Chadha

@HAVAN_CEO (Ron Rapp)