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Transit Taxes Set to Rise

Durham Region is proposing a 20%-30% increase to their transit development charges beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

A single detached home will jump from the current rate of $401 to $515, and a low density multiple will be increased from $336 to $414. A two-bedroom apartment will change from $232 to $299, and a one-bedroom from $149 to $194.

Non-Residential developments will also be increased from $0.25/sq. ft to $0.31/sq. ft.

Gary Asselin, economic analyst for Durham Region’s finance department, said that the charges are in line with other regions of similar size.


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New Tax on Trades!

Trades Are Outraged!

The college of trades is going to start charging trades people, and even apprentices, for working in Ontario. renovation financing

The newly formed College of Trades will start sending out invoices to trades people in January!

In order to voice your concerns and understand more about it

Visit The Website

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Please Welcome Anita DeVries!

Anita DeVries the New Executive Officer of the DRHBA

Advocating for Durham Region Home Builders’ and their customers is the primary focus of the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association. Therefore they have selected Anita DeVries as their new Executive Officer.

DeVries has a background in journalism, politics and construction and will be filling the role left vacant by Donna Donaldson, who served the association for the past decade.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve you as your new Executive Officer,” DeVries told DRHBA members at a dinner meeting Tuesday night. “Together we can be a potent power in the construction industry for our members and our customers.”

A former reporter for Metroland and the Lindsay Post, DeVries holds an Honours BA in English and History from Trent University, and a Journalism Diploma from Durham College, she has also been working in the construction industry for over 20 years.

DRHBA has been an active voice for Durham Region Builders since 1953. Its mission is to “be the voice of the residential construction industry in Durham Region; to achieve an environment in which our membership can operate profitably; and, to promote affordability and choice of high quality homes for our customers.”

Stephen Snider, president of DRHBA, welcomes Anita DeVries as the new Executive Officer.

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Renomark… Don’t Renovate Without It!

The Durham Region Home Builders held their Business Showcase in February and the guest speaker Helen Battista of Renomark highlighted the benefits of using a contractor that is a member of the Renomak Association.

We are posting this video so that you too can grasp a better understanding of Renomark and why homeowners are seeking out contractors who are members.

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Tim Hudak In Oshawa!

Durham Region Home Builders Association Hosts Special Luncheon with Tim Hudak!

This luncheon is a major event for our Community and the housing Industry given the strong possibility that Mr. Hudak could be our next  Provincial Premier.  The timing of Mr. Hudak’s appearance, just after the release this weekend of his party’s platform for the upcoming election is also an important factor.  Mr. Hudak is currently front and centre in the news and we expect significant media coverage for the luncheon.

Do your utmost to attend, and promote the event… bring colleagues, friends, your business associates etc. to the luncheon.

Monday, June 6, 2011                                                                       

Come out to meet Tim Hudak.

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre (Old Holiday Inn)

1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa

Registration 11:30 a.m.

Limited seating – register early!


DRHBA Members $35 + HST = $39.55

Non-DRHBA Members$45 + HST = $50.85

Non-DRHBA members payment by Credit Card Only


Click Here For Registration Form.

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