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Building Canada Future CHBA Blueprint for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Growth

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The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has unveiled a comprehensive strategy aimed at addressing the pressing issues of housing affordability and supply in Canada. With a goal to construct 5.8 million homes over the next decade, the strategy emphasizes the need for a coordinated effort to industrialize the housing sector, drawing parallels to the nation's commitment to a clean economy outlined in the previous year's federal budget. According to Kevin Lee, CEO of CHBA, it is imperative to involve the home building sector directly in crafting solutions, as they possess invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities within the industry.

Central to the Sector Transition Strategy is the focus on labor, productivity, and associated recommendations. It calls for financial and policy reforms to facilitate increased production, including measures such as offering 30-year amortization periods for first-time buyers of newly constructed homes. Additionally, recognizing the potential exacerbation of labor shortages, the strategy emphasizes the need for adjustments to Canada's immigration system to attract skilled workers for residential construction, alongside efforts to encourage domestic talent to pursue careers in skilled trades through apprenticeship programs.

Furthermore, the strategy advocates for a shift towards factory-built construction as a means to double housing starts and enhance productivity, especially in light of existing labor shortages. Factory-built homes offer advantages such as quicker construction timelines and reduced dependency on fluctuating labor markets. However, CHBA underscores the necessity of government support to initiate this transition, citing the need to mitigate risks and bolster the business case for factory-built systems. As CHBA engages with the federal government to garner support for the strategy, Kevin Lee emphasizes the significant opportunity presented by Canada's housing challenge, expressing optimism that the outlined measures can pave the way towards a more sustainable and inclusive housing ecosystem.

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