2023 Summit Program Development Well Along
The 2023 Modular Housing Summit will take place May 8-10, 2023 at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and is set to continue a focus on key issues from industry affordability, sustainability, and the adoption of new technologies. Similar to 2022, the 2023 event will feature a full day of concurrent speaker sessions, a day of informative workshops, and multiple networking opportunities. This event will be marketed to MHABC Members, key municipal planners, government officials, real estate professionals, and industry supporters. Continued planning is underway to confirm session speakers, the development of an official event sponsorship package and banquet entertainment. Details will be uploaded to the Summit Page over the coming months with Delegate registration set to open in February 2023.
MHABC Executive Director Announces Retirement
MHABC Executive Director, Gord Rattray, announced his intention to retire after nearly 12 dedicated years with our Association. The MHABC Board has requested Gord to remain in place until the incoming Executive Director is comfortable in their new position, and the Board is prepared to hand over the role in its entirety. The Board has established an immediate recruitment strategy.
Proposed Fall 2022 Technical Session Postponed
With BC Building and Safety Standard Branch officials being heavily involved in updating the BC Building Code at this time, involvement in presenting at the proposed Fall MHABC Technical Session was not possible. The session has been postponed with the intention of holding a similar session during the Workshop component of the 2023 Modular Housing Summit.
2022/2023 BOARD of DIRECTORS
Meet Our Board
Matthew Salmon - President
Triple M Homes
Mark Ellis - Vice-President
Amanda Hammer - Treasurer
Chris Andersen - Director
Iconic Island Dwellings
Shawn Donohoe - Director
Shamrock Manufactured Home Services
Ashlee Garratt - Director
Dean Johnstone - Director
SRI Homes Kelowna
Todd Plotnikoff - Director
Northpoint Commercial Finance
Phil Sensenig - Director
Michael Unger - Director
Raymond Weicker - Director
Ray’s Towing Ltd.
Gord Rattray - Executive Director
Jen Barter - Contract Administrator
Special thanks to our Key Partner Fortis.
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Fall 2022 Board Meeting Schedule
During the Fall, the Board held a video conference call on October 18th and an in-person meeting in Kamloops on November 22nd. The next meeting is scheduled to be held via video conference on January 10, 2023.
Home Shipments Exceed Plan For 3rd Quarter Ending November 30
Home shipments at the end of the 3rd quarter, ending November 30th, exceeded plan shipments. The 2022-23 budget is based upon an average of 75 home shipments per month and is seeing an actual figure of 78 homes per month. As a result, revenues are higher than plan, however, higher than plan expenses for the 2022 Summit/AGM as well as Directors and staff travel have resulted in the planned deficit of $(8,500) being exceeded.
MHABC Code of Ethics Statement Review – UPDATE
The Board underwent a thorough review of the updated wording of the MHABC’s Code of Ethics and that further streamlining of the current language with a focus on key messaging around customer satisfaction and the benefits of purchasing through a MHABC member. A final draft is being completed for Board approval prior to countertop and wall displays being crafted for distribution to Members.
Government Advocacy Program and Innovations Project Review – UPDATED
Continued work within this program has included consultation meetings with MHABC Members on the use of Renewable Gas in plants and additional consultation with City of Penticton Planning staff on the creation of an model by-laws for manufactured and modular housing that can be shared province wide. A timeline has been set to have a model bylaw in writing to present at the 2023 Modular Housing Summit this coming May.
Transportation Directors Ray Weicker and Amanda Hammer continued to be active through the fall period collaborating with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch. A major focus has been allowing the transport of wide homes on Hwy #5 Hope to Merritt which has been severely restricted due to highway repairs and pipeline construction.
Further, a response was submitted to CVSE as part of a provincial consultation with respect to lengths and dimensions of commercial vehicles. The MHABC response focused on kingpin to last axle length requirements, the use of narrower dollies than allowable under the current 50% dolly to box width rules and preponderance of no-post rail installation on select routes within the province. With COVID-19 restrictions imposed on in-person meetings with government officials now in the past, the MHABC has scheduled on an upcoming in-person meeting with CVSE officials in early January 2023.
Marketing Program Update
The MHABC’s Marketing Committee continues to provide on-going guidance to FRESH INC, the marketing firm overseeing the MHABC’s marketing activities. These include managing MHABC.com, undertaking social media campaigns and providing design support in preparing necessary items required for the upcoming 2023 Summit.
Most recently, MHABC staff, with the involvement of government relations consultant Paul Binotto, met with FRESH INC to plan the marketing advertisement rollout for the 2023 Modular Housing Summit and review MHABC.com’s performance. Online brand impressions continue to grow, as do direct clicks from viewers to MHABC.com to gather further information on our association and membership.
FRESH INC has also been in discussions with the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen and the Building and Safety Standards Branch towards the sharing of pre-recorded Step Code webinars with our membership highlighting generalist practices in reaching required air exchange targets.
MHABC Group Health Benefits
Please keep the MHABC’s Group Health Benefits Program in mind. Information is available by contacting the office.
Proud Supporters of the Ronald McDonald House Charity
The MHABC is a contributor to the Ronald McDonald House Charity – BC and the Yukon. Contributions are made quarterly based upon the number of homes shipped during the prior quarter. Ronald McDonald House serves the children (and families) of BC and the Yukon requiring treatment at Childrens Hospital.
Premier Eby Announces New, Standalone Housing Ministry
Premier Eby shared on November 22, 2022 that a new, standalone housing ministry will be established to address the province’s housing crises. The Minister of Housing will be named with Premier Eby reveals his cabinet on December 7, 2022.
Click here for more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022PREM0092-001755
Reminder: ELD Enforcement is coming January 1st- Are You Prepared?
BCTA Post: Mon, 2022-08-22 14:03: The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for federally mandated carriers will take effect on January 1, 2023. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has advised that the provinces and territories are firmly committed to enforcing the ELD mandate in January 2023 and no announcements or further delays are expected. British Columbia is finalizing regulation surrounding the mandate, and the Government of BC intends to begin enforcement of ELDs at the start of the coming year. Be sure your ELD is certified and compatible with the engine type of the commercial motor vehicle you are operating. The following BCTA ELD-provider members are now Transport Canada certified:
Premier Eby Reveals his New Cabinet - CHBA and Business in Vancouver Article
Yesterday new Premier David Eby announced his first cabinet, shuffling some veteran ministers to different portfolios and introducing some new faces. The larger cabinet also includes two new ministries, the ministry for emergency management and a standalone ministry of housing. In all, the cabinet comprises 23 ministers and four ministers of state. Women outnumber men on the diverse cabinet, 15 women and seven people of colour have been picked to lead ministries.
Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, will take charge of the newly created Ministry of Housing. MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, Anne Kang will lead the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
CHBA BC has maintained a positive, working relationship with the Hon. Ravi Kahlon in his previous position as the Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. We look forward to continuing this in his new role as housing minister. Moving forward, we will be closely monitoring the mandate and work of the Housing Ministry.
Round 4 of CMHC's Housing Supply Challenge Launched! - CMHC
Round 4 of CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge, Building for the Future: Innovative Construction for Housing Affordability, is seeking solutions that focus on innovative construction processes, techniques, systems, or materials that will increase the supply of housing that is affordable, climate compatible and meets people’s needs. There is up to $40 million available to fund and implement ideas that address these barriers, and applications are due on April 13, 2023. Details on the Housing Supply Challenge are available here.
To learn more about the upcoming Building for the Future Round and the support available, CMHC is holding an online information session on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Housing Sales and Prices Decline According to Latest Statistics - Vancouver Sun
Elevated mortgage interest rates continue to impact real estate sales across B.C. according to statistics released by the BC Real Estate Association this week.
Sales continued to drop in most B.C. real estate markets. The largest declines were posted by real estate boards in the Fraser Valley, down 58.3 per cent, Greater Vancouver, down 53.5 per cent, and Chilliwack down 51.7 per cent.
The association said it marked a shift from strong seller’s markets into balanced markets, with sales-to-active listings between 12 and 20 per cent for most regions. A total of 4,512 home sales were recorded in November by the Multiple Listing Service, down from more than 9,171 last November. While sales typically slow in the winter months, that figure is about 30 per cent below the historical average for the month.
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