Did you know that RAHB has its fingers on the pulse of what’s going on municipally, provincially and federally through its Government Relations Committee? And that RAHB has built relationships with business organizations to become an influential member of the community?
Your association is very much part of the local and wider communities so that your interests – and those of home buyers and sellers – are considered and protected when decisions are being made.
Here are just a few of the ways RAHB has been involved in local, provincial and national issues:
- RAHB’s leadership and Government Relations Committee representatives participate in annual CREA and OREA Political Action Conferences, where the big event is meeting with local MPs and MPPs to discuss real estate-related issues. It is also an opportunity for RAHB and its representatives to build relationships with local politicians.
- RAHB worked with the Hamilton and District Apartment Association in 2013 to dissuade Hamilton City Council from adopting landlord licensing and to develop and present a program to encourage landlords to safely create secondary suites through simple, legal means. As a result, Council chose to not introduce landlord licensing and asked RAHB to participate on a City sub-committee to review options for dealing with legalizing and/or making safe secondary suites.
- RAHB’s Government Relations Committee members met with City Councillors to discourage them from considering asking for powers to impose a municipal land transfer tax.
- RAHB partnered with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Flamborough Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association in the 2010 civic election. Together, as the Hamilton Business Leaders, the group brought the issues of jobs and prosperity to the election.
- RAHB holds membership in all Chambers of Commerce of communities within its boundaries, and actively participates in Chamber activities in Hamilton and Burlington through sponsorship of events.