Manitoba’s residential construction industry vital to the province
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