National News:

Payroll employment, earnings and hours, and job vacancies, July 2022 – Statistics Canada


The number of employees receiving pay or benefits from their employer—measured by the Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours (SEPH)—edged up by 12,900 (+0.1%) in July, bringing the total increase to nearly 1.3 million (+7.9%) since July 2021. Gains in Alberta (+8,100; +0.4%) and British Columbia (+6,500; +0.3%) were partially offset by a decline in Newfoundland and Labrador (-4,300; -1.9%), while little change was reported in the remaining provinces.


Commentary: According to Statistics Canada, payroll employment was little changed in the goods-producing sector in July. Gains in construction (+4,600; +0.4%) and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (+900; +0.4%) were partially offset by a decline in forestry, logging and support services (-400; -1.1%) and little change in the remaining goods-producing sectors. The number of job vacancies was also little changed – but remained elevated – with 81,600 vacancies in construction.

Canadian economy grew 0.1 per cent in July, Statistics Canada says – CTV News


The Canadian economy grew slightly in July with the latest reading on real gross domestic product coming in higher than expected. Statistics Canada says the economy grew by 0.1 per cent, outperforming its preliminary estimate that pointed to a contraction of 0.1 per cent. The federal agency says growth in the goods-producing industries was partially offset by a decline in the services-producing industries. Statistics Canada also notes the mining, quarrying, oil and gas sector grew by 1.9 per cent in July, following slight declines in the two previous months. The latest reading follows similar growth in June, when the economy expanded by 0.1 per cent. A preliminary estimate for August indicates real GDP for that month was essentially unchanged.


Commentary: Statistics Canada reported today that building materials and supplies saw a notable decline, contracting 2.5% in July. The decrease was predominantly due to lower sales of lumber, millwork, hardware and other building supplies. The real estate and rental and leasing sector was also essentially unchanged in July, following four consecutive monthly declines. Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers dropped 3.4% in July, down for the fifth consecutive month, as the rising cost of borrowing further dampened home resale activity across the country. CHBA continues to monitor these trends.

Housing crash won't solve affordability crisis – analyst – Canadian Mortgage Professional


Contrary to expectations, a housing crash won’t entice buyers back with more affordable units so long as the Canadian housing sector’s fundamentals remain broken, according to a new analysis by veteran public policy observer Steve Lafleur. While Lafleur stressed that he doesn’t think a major price decrease is imminent, “even if we rolled back five years of price appreciation, Canadian housing will remain expensive,” he said. “And that’s not even accounting for the fact that rising interest rates increase the cost of borrowing. So even if prices go down, mortgage payments (and rents) can still go up.” […] “At this rate we’d need to double housing construction to keep housing prices from rising further. Affordability should remain the overall goal of policymakers, but Lafleur said that “we need to re-balance housing markets, not crush them. … A sharp downturn in prices would just compound problems by leading developers to cancel projects, preventing pent-up supply from meeting demand.”


Commentary: Canadians, particularly first-time home buyers, are feeling the effects of rising interest rates. And just because the market is seeing a softening of house prices as a result of increasing rates, it does not mean affordability is improving because the cost of financing has increased. Add to this, not having enough supply is a key factor in high home prices. CHBA continues to actively advocate with government stakeholders for increasing market-rate supply as well as implementing policies that will improve stability and help first-time buyers.

Investors are trying to fill the multifamily rental housing gap and that's not a bad thing – Financial Post


The growing role of institutional investors in multifamily rental housing has been criticized for eroding affordability in Canada and elsewhere, leading many to ask governments to limit or restrict their abilities to buy properties. Providing affordable shelter for low-income households and social housing for those who cannot bear the cheapest market rent is the state’s and society’s collective commitment. But providing multifamily housing is a capital-intensive enterprise, which begs a few questions: if large investors are prevented from investing in multifamily rental housing, who is going to pick up the tab? Forcing private landlords to bear the costs of affordable rental housing will not solve the problem. The government must facilitate the increased supply of both market and non-market rental housing. The three tiers of governments must make Crown land in and near urban centres available for social housing, reducing or eliminating development charges for those who build affordable housing, and streamlining the approval process so that the private sector can expedite the supply of housing.


Commentary: The reason housing has become such an in-demand commodity is because of chronic lack of supply, including rentals – not because of investors. Well-qualified first-time buyers are being pushed out of the market due to affordability challenges brought on by not enough supply, which is contributed to by investors buying homes to be rental units, because there is not enough rental stock either. CHBA continues to advocate for increasing market-rate housing supply – both for rental and for owner-occupied homeownership – to better meet demand, stabilize prices, and take pressure off other parts of the housing continuum.

Only 2 weeks left to enter Canada's premiere aware for new homes, renovations, communities, and residential marketing. Deadline October 17th

Friendly Reminder + Myths and Facts


Being recognized in Canada's premiere awards for new homes, renovations, communities, and residential marketing is a great way to take advantage of being a member of your home builders' association! There are just less than two weeks before the December 17 @ 6PM deadline, so start your entry soon!



MYTH: Only high-end projects stand a chance

The entry questions ask how you met your goals – whether that meant keeping the project affordable, creatively problem-solving, or delivering a wow-worthy space. So no matter what you build or renovate, you can stand out! There's also a category specifically for entry-level homes.


MYTH: Only big-city companies win

Judges don't know where you're from, and an amazing project will always stand out. The truth is, more entries come from big cities, so of course it looks like they win more. If you're from a small town, break the vicious circle and enter! You might just become a small-town hero.


FACT: The online entry platform is easy to use

The submission platform guides you step-by-step through creating an entry. There's nothing to mail in: simply upload the required materials and answer questions about why your project is special.


FACT: Judging is fair

The National competition is judged by CHBA members just like you; people who understand what it takes to build to a high standard... and all the challenges that come with it. Judges are from across the country and are randomly assigned. They see entries without company information on it.


FACT: Everyone loves a reason to celebrate

Being a finalist or winner gives you an opportunity to celebrate with your hardworking team. It's also a reason to show your city and future clients the quality of work you do.




  • Best Entry-Level Home
  • Best Attached Low-Rise Home (x3)
    • Under 1,500 sq. ft.
    • 1,500 – 1,800 sq. ft.
    • 1,800 sq. ft. and over
  • Best Mid- to High-Rise Building (Completed)
  • Best Mid- to High-Rise Building (Planned)
  • Best Detached Production Home (x5)
    • Under 1,800 sq.ft.
    • 1,800 – 2,100 sq.ft.
    • 2,101 – 2,400 sq.ft.
    • 2,401 – 2,800 sq.ft.
    • Over 2,800 sq.ft.
  • Best Detached Custom Home (x5)
    • Under 2,500 sq. ft.
    • 2,501 to 3,000 sq. ft.
    • 3,001 to 4,000 sq. ft.
    • 4,001 to 5,000 sq. ft.
    • Over 5,000 sq. ft.


  • Best Kitchen Renovation (x3)
    • Under $70,000
    • $70,000 to $100,000
    • Over $100,000
  • Best Bathroom Renovation
  • Best Basement Renovation
  • Best Exterior Renovation
  • Best Single Room Renovation (other than kitchen, bathroom, basement, exterior.)
  • Best Whole Home Renovation (x5)
    • Under $200,000
    • $200,000 to $300,000
    • $300,001 to $500,000
    • $500,001 to $800,000
    • Over $800,000


  • Best Signage
  • Best Brochure/Kit
  • Best Website
  • Best Digital Advertising Campaign
  • Best Print Ad
  • Best Short Video (<45 secs)
  • Best Long Video (45 secs+)
  • Best Sales Office
  • Best Interior Decorating (Model/Show Home)
  • Best Renderings
  • Best Branding and Identity
  • Best Virtual Tour Experience


  • Best Custom or Renovated Net Zero Home
  • Best Production Net Zero Home


  • Best New Community (the community can not have been entered previously)
  • Best Growing Community (for additional and substantial phases of communities previously entered)






Click here for competition requirements and entry details.
Interested in Judging? Click here.


Other National News:

Survey finds local residents worried about housing affordability – Brantford Expositor

A deep-dive into the mortgage stress tests: Did they serve their purpose? – Canadian Mortgage Trends

Bidding makes a comeback in Toronto real estate – The Globe and Mail

How Climate Change is Affecting Property Insurance, Mortgages, and Buyers – Storeys

Lumber producers are cutting back, a signal that higher interest rates are taking root – Financial Post

Racism in Ontario's home buying and selling process is real, says new report – CBC News

Canada’s Renter Population is Growing at More Than Twice the Rate of Homeowners – Storeys

N.B. receiving less than nothing on softwood pulpwood after Crown timber royalty changes – CBC News

'Messy out there': New analysis predicts continued home-price drops – London Free Press

e builders association host mayoral candidate debate on housing affordability – Castanet

Slow sales in Windsor-Essex housing market causing angst among sellers – CBC News

National Average Rents Climbed Nearly 17% in August, Topping the 2019 Peak: Report – Storeys


Local News:

Campbellford Bridge to undergo minor repairs resulting in lane closures

Brighton, Ontario, Canada / Brighton

93.3 myFM News/Classic Rock staff

Sep 29, 2022 | 9:19 AM


Campbellford Bridge to undergo minor repairs resulting in lane closures

Photo Credit: Northumberland County

Minor repairs to Campbellford Bridge planned for next week

Northumberland County will begin minor repair work to the expansion joint anchors as an interim measure until full replacement happens next year.

Work will take place in the evenings from 7 pm to 6am from Monday Oct 3 to Friday October 7.

The bridge remains safe to use, the work is to minimize movement of the joints and reduce noise.

Access to the bridge will be reduced to one lane while work takes place and only one sidewalk will be available for pedestrian use.


Skyway Bridge night closure planned for Oct. 6; all day closure of road under Oct. 4

 | Sep 30, 2022 | Comments 0


A full night closure of Highway 49 at the Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge is planned for 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct, 6, to 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The closure is intended for jacking the superstructure at Pier 14.

Three full daytime closures of County Road 35 under the Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge are planned:
‐ Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
‐ Thursday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
‐ Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These closures are required for the installation of steel girders which will consist of placing cranes either on or above the road to perform the lifts required.

During these time periods, this portion of County Road 35 will be closed, and no traffic will be permitted to pass through the area under the bridge.


Enbridge Gas: Construction Heat & Appliance Installer Validation Form Refresher



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