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Exorbitant Duty on Drywall Harms Business, Home Buyers

Ottawa – September 16, 2016 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) today expressed extreme concern over the recently announced provisional duties on gypsum board (drywall) by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  CBSA invoked the Special Import Measures Act on September 6th, making a preliminary determination of alleged dumping with respect to certain gypsum board originating from the United States to Western and Northern Canada. Unfortunately, the ensuing duties, effective immediately, will have far reaching detrimental effects on struggling Canadian businesses and economies.

“The scope of the anti-dumping investigation only considers the domestic market for drywall producers, not the impact on the rest of the industry and end-users. There was not sufficient attention paid to the unintended downstream effects of this decision or the implications for the public interest,” explains Kevin Lee, Chief Executive Officer of the CHBA. “These extremely high duties ranging from 105.2% to 276.5%, on about half of the drywall sold in Western Canada, will severely affect the businesses of drywall contractors, builders and renovators, who will face losses on contracts already in place for the months ahead. At a time when our governments are seeking to avoid further housing price increases, this duty will send both house prices and affordability further in the wrong direction.”
“Supply shortages and higher costs for drywall are the last thing we need in the already vulnerable Alberta market,” observes Carol Oxtoby, a developer in Calgary, AB. “We should be concerned that smaller companies may be forced into bankruptcy, as existing contracts may force them to fully absorb cost increases. As the Alberta economy seeks to recover, a duty that harms businesses and damages affordability for home buyers is a major step in the wrong direction. Worst of all, the impacts of higher prices and shortages will be felt severely in Fort McMurray, affecting the rebuild there so important after the fires.”  
“You already have a high-priced housing market in Greater Vancouver and the lower mainland,” notes Nathan Stone, a builder in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. “No one can afford further increases to construction costs. This increase will have a negative impact on new home buyers and homeowners’ renovation projects. Many of our drywall companies are at serious risk with contracts already in place.”
“Although the duty is on imports to our Western provinces, this isn’t just an issue for the residential construction industry in the West,” says Bob Finnigan, national president of the CHBA and builder in Toronto. “This is quickly becoming a national issue.  We are already seeing ripple effects on price and warnings of supply restrictions in Ontario as uncertainty about the supply of drywall grows and Ontario plants potentially start to have to supplying the Western markets. As we try to keep house prices contained in the GTA, increases in drywall prices and potential shortages will only make matters worse.” 
The CBSA decision on this came with an immediate imposition of these extremely high provisional duties. While the process is ongoing and final determination is still months away, the negative impacts on industry and consumers of the duty are being felt now.  
“While we respect the process, suffering companies cannot wait [until January] to see the final decision on this,” says Lee. “Even if duties are reduced or eliminated in the end of the review process, or if we have to request a hearing into the public interest because the duties are upheld – the damage to industry will be done. In the meantime, efforts to reduce house prices and protect affordability, as well as those to support the economy as it seeks to recover, are being undermined severely.”

GVHBA welcomes these new members

On September 20, 2016, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 14 (fourteen) new members: Designs by Katerina & Sylvie, Fox Design Studio, Canvas Homes, 3 Dimension Construction Group Inc., ATACO Construction Ltd., Doorcare Enterprises Ltd., Designing Den Interiors dba Design Einstein, Lynco Management Services Ltd., LEVCON, Bluefish Studio, Metroworks Tile & Stone Inc., KeyPlan Development Management, Marquis Custom Homes and Developments Ltd. and 8 Diamonds Home Improvement Inc. 
Designs by Katerina & Sylvie
Service: Designer, Cabinets
Referred by:
1) Tony Furtado, Furtado Contracting
2) Matt Robinson, Monarch Floor & Window Coverings
Contact: Katerina Vastardis / Sylvie Pantsios
Phone: 778-896-1778
Fox Design Studio
Service: Interior Designer
Referred by:
1) Chris Meyer, Homestar Building Corp.
2) Meliha Simms, Exclusive Floors Ltd.
Contact: Dave Leavitt
Phone: 604-899-0208
Canvas Homes
Builder (1 – 49 units, Custom)
Referred by:
1) Carsten Arnold, Carsten Arnold Photography
2) Dave Dhiman, Country Lumber Ltd.
Contact: Avi Dhaliwal
Phone: 778-688-8812
3 Dimension Construction Group Inc.
Builder (1 – 49 units, Single family, Custom), Renovator
Referred by:
1) James Li, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Steve Hutchinson, Boardwalk Woodfloors Ltd.
Contact: Julie Lin
Phone: 604-370-0636
ATACO Construction Ltd.
Builder (1 – 49 units, Single family)
Referred by:
1) Elizabeth Archer, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Kyla Hill, Port Coquitlam Building Supplies Ltd.
Contact: Amir Taghiakbari
Phone: 604-710-1748
Doorcare Enterprises Ltd.
Supplier:  Overhead door supply and installation
Referred by:
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Dorothy Wolf, XL Flooring
Contact: Dave Arts
Phone: 604-535-4123
Designing Den Interiors dba Design Einstein
Service: Interior Design, Feng Shui
Referred by:
1) Paul Bhogal, Sunrise Kitchens Ltd.
2) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group
Contact: Deepak Jayakar
Phone: 604-760-4858
Lynco Management Services Ltd.
Service: Multi-family project management and consultancy
Referred by:
1) David McGrath, Wensley Architecture Ltd.
2) Hans von Thiesenhausen, Pantheon Developments Ltd.
Contact: Lynn Hsu
Phone: 604-264-6728
Subcontractor – Architectural concrete specialists
Referred by:
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Patrick Power, Solaris Homes
Contact: Tim Ibbotson / Scott Friesen
Phone: 604-308-4487
Bluefish Studio
Service: Interior Design 
Referred by:
1) Martin Knowles, Martin Knowles Photo / Media
2) Justin Hughes, Divine Flooring
Contact: Alyssa Myshok
Phone: 604-657-7778
Metroworks Tile & Stone Inc.
Service:  Tile and stone installation
Referred by:
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Ashley Kitchen, reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc.
Contact: Shawn Perepelytz
Phone: 604-533-7512
KeyPlan Development Management
Service: Development management, feasibility, acquisitions
Referred by:
1) Bob Mann, BDO Canada LLP
2) Cheri Stefanucci, Abstract Homes & Renovations Inc.
Contact: Kevin Key
Phone: 604-540-4122
Marquis Custom Homes and Developments Ltd. 
Builder (1 – 49 units, Custom)
Referred by:
1) Nick Dosanjh, DVL Homes
2) Manj Nijjer, Northcoast Building Products Ltd.
3) Shami Dahan, Country Lumber Ltd.
Contact: Kamal Dhami
Phone: 604-808-0790
8 Diamonds Home Improvement Inc. 
Subcontractor: Siding installer
Referred by:
1) Rob Mikatin, Standard Building Supplies 
2) Corinne Moore, Esther’s Sheet Metal Ltd.
Contact: Viktor Timofeev
Phone: 604-754-0299


GVHBA welcomes these new members

On August 16, 2016, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association welcomed 21 (twenty-one) new members:  Upper Canada Forest Products, Sphere 1 Logistics Inc., Garcha Properties Ltd., Marino General Contracting Ltd., Thompson Heating Ltd., Future Living Ltd., Buildya Enterprises Ltd., BAM Communications Inc. , Ryzer Enterprises LLC dba Ryzer Sales & Contracting, Kovet Design, FirCrest Developments Ltd., Cadec Inc., 0980177 B.C. Ltd. dba Amplesinohomes, 
Danma Kitchen Cabinets Ltd., Cam Frank Construction Ltd., renovateme! design & construction, Twin Lions Contracting, Icon Marketing Inc., CMGT Construction, and Bright Star Holding Inc. 
Upper Canada Forest Products
Supplier: Panels and interior wood finishing products, countertops
Referred by:
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Paul Bhopal, Sunrise Kitchens Ltd.
Contact: Veronica Ray
Phone: 604-522-3334
Sphere 1 Logistics Inc.
Supplier: Shipping, Transportation, Freight Forwarding
Referred by:
1) Ted Lau, Ballistic Arts Media Studios Inc.
2) Simone Sunderland, Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd.
Contact: Alexandra Hnatko
Phone: 604-570-0071
Garcha Properties Ltd.
Builder (1 – 49 units, Multi-family), Developer
Referred by:
1) Manjot Nijjar, Northcoast Building Products Ltd.
2) Amar Bains, Nordel Development Ltd.
3) Brandon Trent, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing
Contact: Justin Garcha
Phone: 604-593-5251
Guru Contracting Ltd.
Trade Contractor: HVAC, plumbing, electrical
Referred by:
1) Sunny Takhar, 360 Home Renovations Inc.
2) Dalbir Dosanjh, Sir Homes Ltd.
Contact: Rajan Baldev Jhajj
Phone: 778-896-7252
Marino General Contracting Ltd.
Renovator, General Contractor
Referred by:
1) Rob Sengara, Sen Western Wholesale Lumber Ltd.
2) Loy Leyland, Loy Leyland Architect Inc.
Contact: Joe Marino
Phone: 604-266-1921
Thompson Heating Ltd.
Trade Contractor: HVAC
Referred by:
1) Darren Cranston, Polygon Homes Ltd.
2) Andrew Gorlick, Mosaic Avenue Construction Ltd.
3) Brad Hughes, Park Ridge Homes Inc.
Contact: Wayne Fleet
Phone: 604-539-2807
Future Living Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, Custom)
Referred by:
1) Doug Fyffe, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Paul Thompson, Ames Tile & Stone Ltd.
Contact: Kiafar Ghaffari
Phone: 604-801-5720
Buildya Enterprises Ltd.
Builder (1-49 units, Custom, Single family), Developer
Referred by:
1) Dave Snowden, Standard Building Supplies
2) Ron Nadain, Oasis Windows Ltd.
Contact: Pooya Merrikh
Phone: 604-770-0850
BAM Communications Inc. 
Supplier: Creative Agency, Advertising, Promotions, Media
Referred by:
1) Delon Law, Polygon Homes Ltd.
2) Tommy He, Bold Properties Inc.
Contact: Andrew Wu
Phone: 604-563-8862
Ryzer Enterprises LLC dba Ryzer Sales & Contracting
Trade Contractor: Building exteriors, doors, windows
Referred by:
1) Justin Bontkes, Caliber Projects
2) Neal Turner, Westeck Windows Mfg. Inc.
Contact: Ryan VanDelft
Phone: 360-318-4690
Kovet Design
Project Management, Interior Designer
Referred by:
1) Chad Walmsley, Northern Alpine Contracting
2) Troy Felix, Mercury Contracting
Contact: Katie Schomaker
Phone: 604-725-4809
FirCrest Developments Ltd.
Renovator, General Contractor, Developer
Referred by:
1) Richard Lehingrat, Rempel Bros. Concrete Ltd.
2) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group 
Contact: Jack Gibson
Phone: 604-835-4200
Cadec Inc.
Referred by:
1) Larry Clay, Clay Construction Inc.
2) Alisa Aragon, Your Mortgage Solutions Group 
Contact: Jomon Meleppuram
Phone: 778-294-3223
0980177 B.C. Ltd. dba Amplesinohomes
Builder (1-49 units, Custom, Single family)
Referred by:
1) Minder Bhullar, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
2) Amar Kahlon, Oasis Windows Ltd.
Contact: Lena Zhao
Phone: 778-837-0696
Danma Kitchen Cabinets Ltd.
Referred by:
1) Natasha Deley, VGC Vancouver General Contractors Inc.
2) Todd Senft, reVISION Custom Home Renovations Inc.
Contact: Nicholas Mohan
Phone: 604-525-1565
Cam Frank Construction Ltd.
Builder (1 – 49 units, Custom, Single family)
Referred by:
1) Carl Gruell, Westcoast Moulding & Millwork Ltd.
2) James Li, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
3) Clayton Wolfe, Ply Gem / Mitten
Contact: Marissa Dang
Phone: 604-837-3822
renovateme! design & construction
Referred by:
1) Michael Iacutone, Olympia Tile International Inc.
2) Amir Asghari, Dick’s Lumber & Building Supplies
3) Ed Gozen, Sam’s Flooring Supplies
Contact: George Sotiriades
Phone: 604-761-2421
Twin Lions Contracting 
Referred by:
1) Joel Barrett, Barrett Group Custom Builders
2) Matt Robinson, Monarch Floor & Window Coverings
3) Graham Beatty, True North Comfort
Contact: Kevin Hatch
Phone: 604-317-9485
Icon Marketing Inc. 
Supplier:  Real Estate Sales and Marketing
Referred by:
1) Karin Bohn, House of Bohn
2) Hamid Ahmadian, Avestex Group
Contact: Crystal Hung
Phone: 604-227-7967
CMGT Construction 
Builder (1 – 49 units, Custom), Renovator
Referred by:
1) Janvin Lowe, Architrix Design Studio Inc.
2) Mei Tham, Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd.
Contact: Philip Jiang
Phone: 604-788-9972
Bright Star Holding Inc. 
Builder (1 – 49 units, Custom, Single family), Developer
Referred by:
1) Dave Dhimam, Country Lumber
2) Christina Leal, Pacific Home Warranty Insurance Services Inc.
Contact: Inderjit S. Parmar
Phone: 604-782-2581


Regulation focuses on owner-built homes

It seems lately that most of the headlines about housing and real estate in Metro Vancouver have been about ever higher prices, factors driving supply and dmand, and what government plans to do about it. Read More.

The GVHBA has concerns over the retroactive nature of the proposed PPT

The GVHBA has concerns over the retroactive nature of the proposed PTT. In new housing construction, pre-sale and custom build contracts are agreed to months, if not years in advance of completion.

These contracts are entered into in good faith, and on full disclosure of costs, fees and taxes. The retroactive nature of the new tax will create an unfair and punitive burden to purchasers holding presale and custom-build contracts that close after August 2nd.

We would urge the provincial government to amend the proposed policy to exempt all contracts signed prior to August 2nd.

Homebuilders struggle to keep up with Canadian boom

 The housing boom in Canada’s hottest cities has spilled over into the suburbs, where builders say they are working as fast as they can to meet soaring demand and get homes to market before a much-feared housing bust. READ MORE.

GVHBA Fall Classic Silent Auction



Surrey Now: Cooling off period urged to protect hasty home buyers

Bob de Wit weighs in on a recommended seven day cooling off period to protect homebuyers with time for home inspection. READ HERE.

Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver: The Real Estate Therapist with Bob de Wit

Your Real Estate Therapist Joannah Connolly is joined by Bob de Wit, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association as they discuss a new and revealing study surveying Vancouver millennials, knowing when it's time to rent and when it's time to buy, home renovations and more. Joe Geluch President of Naikoon Contracting Ltd. also stops by to discuss some of his innovative housing ideas.

 Listen on Demand here. Bob's piece starting at 08:50.

The Province: Residential building has become as much a science as a craft

Building science technology, used to enhance livability and meet or exceed consumer expectations in home performance and sustainability, has now become the "musthave tool" in any professiona builder's tool box.

Read more.