Man­i­toba’s res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try vi­tal to the prov­ince

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

AS 2015 draws to a close, the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion (MHBA) wants to take this op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize and thank those peo­ple who made this past year a suc­cess. The res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try is a huge part of Man­i­toba’s econ­omy, ac­count­ing for a $3.8-bil­lion im­pact, more than 25,000 jobs, and more than $1.3 bil­lion in wages, gen­er­at­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in gov­ern­ment tax rev­enue. Of course, ini­tial ku­dos must go to the vol­un­teers and staff that drive the MHBA. There are nine stand­ing com­mit­tees of the as­so­ci­a­tion with about 10 rep­re­sen­ta­tives per com­mit­tee. That means 90 peo­ple are giv­ing their time and ex­per­tise to the MHBA each year on a for­mal ba­sis. Nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of be­ing in­volved in their pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion. It doesn’t work with­out this kind of com­mit­ment. The MHBA presents both large and small events. The spring and fall Pa­rades of Homes are the largest and best run in Canada. More than 75,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in th­ese two very pub­lic events. The Ask a Ren­o­va­tor booth at the Ren­o­va­tion Show and the ren­o­va­tion in­for­ma­tion sem­i­nar are ad­di­tional pop­u­lar in­for­ma­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. The MHBA hosts hous­ing fo­rums, ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars, awards evenings, din­ner meet­ings, golf and curl­ing out­ings and a va­ri­ety of other ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age in­ter­ac­tion and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment among mem­bers. A huge thank you goes to all of the var­i­ous spon­sors, too many to list, but many of whom can be found in the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories of the MHBA web­site.

Leg­is­la­tion, poli­cies, prac­tices and pro­ce­dures can be frus­trat­ing at the best of times. How­ever, with­out full con­sul­ta­tion, they are al­most im­pos­si­ble. Recog­ni­tion and thanks must go to the open-door poli­cies of Premier Greg Selinger, deputy min­is­ters and the ad­min­is­tra­tive staff whose port­fo­lios have a tremen­dous im­pact on the res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Sim­i­larly, across the floor, Brian Pal­lis­ter and Jon Ger­rard en­sure all sides are be­ing heard when leg­is­la­tion strays from what is best for Man­i­to­bans. Mayor Brian Bow­man, all of ex­ec­u­tive pol­icy com­mit­tee and coun­cil, the of­fice of the chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer and ev­ery­one at Plan­ning Property and De­vel­op­ment work very hard un­der try­ing cir­cum­stances to keep Win­nipeg vi­brant and pros­per­ous. The MHBA is the envy of other ma­jor ur­ban cen­tre-based hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, owing to the co-op­er­a­tive ap­proach taken by the City of Win­nipeg. Lo­cal me­dia ask tough but fair ques­tions and re­port things as they are; fel­low in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions bond to­gether for a com­mon cause; and let’s never forget those char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions (es­pe­cially Habi­tat and Va­ri­ety) at this time of year who are so close to our hearts and rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of hous­ing. Wish­ing ev­ery­one a most happy 2016.

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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