Author: Heather Kirk

GOHBA announces 2016 SAM winners

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association has announced the winners of its 2016 SAM Awards. The awards, presented in categories of Sales Achievement, Marketing, Model Home, and Special Achievement, were announced at a luncheon November 23 at the Brookstreet Hotel. Among those recognized are:   Best Industry Partner Sales Team Amsted Design-Build Best Single Family Model Home 2,500 – 2,999 sq. ft.  RND Construction – The Orchard Best Bungalow Model Attached eQ Homes – The Augusta Best Community eQ Homes – eQuinelle Most Environmentally Friendly Builder RND Construction   A complete list of the winners will appear in the...

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Ontario announces balanced budget that includes help for first-time homebuyers

The Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, recently announced, as part of his 2016 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, investments to health care and education, a balanced budget and a proposal to help first-time homebuyers by doubling the maximum Land Transfer Tax Refund. The finance minister has been quoted as saying: “Our plan to build Ontario up for everyone is working. Whether through increased hospital funding or taking action on housing affordability, we continue to make strategic investments to help people in their everyday lives while staying on track to balance the budget.” The government is proposing doubling the...

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A look at Ottawa’s $3.26 billion 2017 draft budget

A look at Ottawa’s $3.26 billion 2017 draft budget The city last week tabled its draft budget for 2017. Though committees will spend the next several weeks voting on department budgets before the final vote December 14, the response was generally positive, so it’s worth a look at what likely will come. Here are the highlights: Property taxes would be raised by two per cent. That translates to about $72 more for the average urban homeowner and $60 for rural. This includes a transit levy of $15 for urban and $5 for rural homeowners, and an increase of $11...

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WSIB recalculation results in reduced expected 2017 premium rates for many

  The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has announced that many industry sectors will see reduced 2017 premium rates greater than expected after a recent recalculation. WSIB says in a news release that it identified “that when the 2017 target premium rates for Schedule 1 were calculated, a higher Past Claims Cost was used than necessary, resulting in the published rates not being accurately determined.” As a result, premium rates for the coming year have been recalculated and adjusted accordingly. The announcement says in cases where the calculation resulted in higher rates, WSIB has committed to charging rate groups...

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RenoMark™ renovators are held to the highest industry standards. They have to do the big things – carry $2 million liability insurance and enforce strict workplace safety – and the smaller things that give you comfort: pledge to call you back within two business days, for instance.

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• Provide a minimum two-year warranty on all work except minor repair
• Carry the proper licences and permits
• Keep their worksite organized and safe
• In the Ottawa area, be a member in good standing of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and abide by the GOHBA Code of Ethics.
• Stay current, through consistent and continuing education, in their professional knowledge of building codes, permit procedures and technical skills.

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