CHBA - Lethbridge Region
To the members of the Canadian Home Builders Association – Lethbridge Region,
I want to start this off by extending a huge thank you to the CHBA – Lethbridge Region for fully supporting our government funded training program, Building Careers. Building Careers is a program that was developed to attract unemployed or marginally employed individuals to work in the construction industry. Without the support from industry, we wouldn’t have been able to execute our pilot program. A big thank you goes out to the following sponsors and partners of the program:
All Weather Windows – Donated windows and doors for the sheds
Avonlea Homes – Design of shed and site tours
Galko Homes – Site tour
Daytona Homes – Guest speaker
Kodiak Mountain Stone – Donated stone and facilitated the installation of their product
Logic Lumber – Donation of tools and building materials for the shed
Rona – Discount on building materials
Clean Harbours – Donation of space to host the technical training portion of the program
Roofmart – Donation of materials
The Kitchen Centre – Site tour
Our Government funded program, Building Careers is coming to a close and we have a group of individuals that are now looking for work. The participants of the program have undergone training and support in many different areas. Not only did they get practical, hands on training by building two garden sheds but they also received training in safety and essential skills. If you have a need for additional support in your organization, please consider meeting with the Building Careers group. We also have 2 other programs with participants looking for work and they are eager to apply their new skills to the job market. Below you will find the job targets of our participants and if you are interested in setting up a time to meet with one of them, please connect with me. Also note that there is no charge to hire any of our program participants.
2 positions General Labourer / Electrical trade
2 positions General Labourer / Plumbing
1 position General Labourer / Carpentry / Cabinetry
2 positions General Labourer / HVAC
1 position Painter
12 positions Reception / AR / AP / Payroll
4 positions Bookkeeping
1 position Forklift Operator (experienced)
1 position Machinist
1 position Construction Project Coordinator
Tammy Thomsen, Training Manager
Teamworks Training Institute
2nd Level, Lethbridge Centre
New Home Buyer Protection Regulations Available for Review
This week the Alberta Cabinet approved two of the three regulations that provide additional detail for mandatory warranty coverage of new homes. Cabinet also approved a modification to the Permit Regulation related to this. Copies of the General Regulation and the amendment to the provincial Permit Regulation have been posted on the government’s website.
The General Regulation provides details on:
- Additional definitions and clarifications of items in the Act;
- Commencement of coverages;
- Definitions related to common property and common facilities;
- Building Assessment Reports;
- Additional (optional) coverage;
- Restriction of liability;
- The Registry and additional duties of the registrar;
- Compliance officers
The Ministerial Regulation provides additional detail about:
- Groups that are exempted from warranty;
- Owner-builder criteria and authorizations;
- Compliance orders;
- A new appeal board.
Amendments to the provincial Permit Regulation were also released that adds terms used in relation to the New Home Buyer Protection Act regulations and provides information on the role of the permit issuer.
CHBA – Alberta urges members to become familiar with the regulations and to send questions to:
Manager, Technical & Safety
Canadian Home Builders' Association - Alberta
Phone: 780-424-5890 (Ext 226) Toll free: 1-800-661-3348 (Ext 226)
For Immediate Release
Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region and Lethbridge College: Year Two - Building our Community Together
November 18, 2013 – The Canadian Home Builders’ Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA) announced to its members on November 6, 2013 at the yearly Bridge Builder Banquet who the next two builders in year two of the College Home Project will be.
The second year of this unique partnership sees Avonlea Homes Master Builder and Stranville Living Ltd. proudly stepping up to lead the project for 2014. In early 2013, CHBA and Lethbridge College announced the beginning of the College Home Project where CHBA builder members will partner with trades and suppliers to build ten homes over 5 years and have the proceeds from sales donated to the Trades and Technology renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) at Lethbridge College.
“The momentum is continuing to be extremely strong and we can hardly wait to see what architectural genius comes from the builders this year.” Remarked Anita Hartman, President of the CHBA – Lethbridge Region after the announcement was made. “This program is ensuring sustainability in the housing industry and has set a very high precedent for community involvement and gifting.”
September of 2013 saw the completion of year one with two stunning homes showcased in the Parade of Homes. Details on the project, who has been involved and more can be found at: www.paradeofhomeslethbridge.com
“On behalf of Stranville Living Ltd. and our industry partners, we are excited to announce our participation in this year’s College Home Project. The greatest resource in everything industry is the RIGHT people. They are the most valuable asset. The reality is each year, talent, knowledge and experience leaves our industry. Participation in The College Home Project is about more than being corporatelyresponsible. We are honoured to be involved in an initiative which aims to replenish and educate our greatest resources…the right people.” Commented Doug Pilsner, General Manager of Stranville Living.
Steve Meszaros, owner of Avonlea Homes Master Builder went on to say,”Avonlea is extremely proud to be involved with the CHBA Lethbridge College Home for 2014. This is the biggest commitment and initiative between CHBA and Lethbridge College in our history. Moving into the second year of our initiative, I would like to congratulate all of the supplier and trade companies that have stepped forward to advance the project in its inception year. Special thanks to Ashcroft and Galko Homes and special thanks to Sandra Dufresne and Joyanne Mitchell from Lethbridge College for providing their leadership and support. Avonlea will put all of its energy and effort towards the end goal of raising our community commitment of $25 million for TTRIP”.
As an added incentive for new home shoppers, Lethbridge College is furthering the commitment to promote accessible post-secondary education by donating a $2,500 tuition credit to the home buyer for each of the ten homes.
“The College Home Initiative has set a precedent across the country with the collaborative partnership between Lethbridge College and the Canadian Home Builders Association and its members.” Says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Avonlea Master Builder and Stranville Living as 2014 Builders of the College Homes. This initiative further exemplifies our community’s commitment to building the Colleges Trades, Technology Renewal and Innovation Project in order to meet the needs of skilled workers within Southern Alberta.”
Avonlea Homes Master Builder
Avonlea Homes Master Builder has been developing and building communities in Lethbridge for 18 years. We are committed to bringing the best new home experience to our customers through bold design, superior quality and to gain a customer for life. Avonlea Homes has been contributing to the community through several projects such as the STARS Lottery Home, Cancer Society, YWCA and Steps for Life, among others. We recognize that the dedication and cooperation of our entire staff, trades and customers all contribute to our success and nothing is as important to us as seeing a home purchase dream become a reality.
Stranville Living Ltd.
Stranville Living (formerly Coulee Creek Condominiums) is proud to be a Lethbridge home builder. We are locally owned and have been building living spaces for seven years. Our dedicated team believes in providing our customers with more than just a beautiful home. We believe your home should be built with structured integrity and once complete it will hold its value long after you take possession. For this reason, we don’t just build a home to building code, we build beyond it. We believe in developing exceptional relationships with customers, employees and industry partners and we firmly believe a family’s home is its sanctuary.
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders' Association has been "the voice of Canada's residential construction industry"—one of the most vital and enterprising industries in Canada. Representing more than 8,000 member firms across Canada, CHBA members come from every area of Canada's housing industry - new home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others.
For more information please contact:
Canadian Home Builders’ Association – LR