Welcome to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Vancouver Island

The voice of the residential construction industry for Vancouver Island

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) is comprised of three levels:  Local, Provincial and National.  This structure fully represents a broad-based membership – such as the home building industry. 

In September 2014, fully backed by support from the Provincial and National offices, CHBA-Central Vancouver Island and CHBA-Victoria members voted to unite into one strengthened association:

CHBA-Vancouver Island

The Canadian Home Builders' Association – Vancouver Island (CHBA-VI) membership includes new home builders, renovators, developers, trades, manufacturers, suppliers, lenders and other professionals across Vancouver Island. Members commit to act with integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their company's operations.

The CHBA-VI's membership is a voluntary affiliation made up of building professionals who are committed to industry excellence. Through the Association, members have access to technical information as well as specialized education and training courses. CHBA also promotes a members' code of ethics that requires high standards in customer relations and business practices.

The CHBA-VI is a proud part of this national standard of excellence, servicing professionals and the communities of Vancouver Island.

News & Events



 The judging is done!

The finalists were announced on April 9th at our Members' Dinner Meeting

The VIBE Gala Black Tie Event is on Saturday, May 23rd at The Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo

The Gala Tickets are now 50% SOLD! And Going FAST! Get Yours Now!!!

Find More Info, List of Finalists and Purchase Gala Tickets at www.VIBEawards.ca!

Click Here to read the 2014 National Strategic Plan.

New Enhanced Licensing System for BC Residential Builders was Announced on March 4th

The BC Government has announced an enhanced licensing system for residential builders. It establishes new qualifications and continuing education requirements as a condition of renewing a builder licence and other changes.

The seven core training courses offered by CHBA BC have been recognized as meeting these new mandatory education requirements and the Association is an approved training provider under the new regulation.

"As a home builder, I strongly support this progressive action by the BC government," stated Simon Howse, President of CHBA BC.  "It promotes professionalism in our industry, and provides assurance to consumers that their new homes will be well-built", he added.  "Our industry also appreciates that the new requirements will be phased in, to allow our members time to ensure they meet the new standard."

Read the Press Release from CHBA BC Here.

The HPO is offering free information sessions in communities across the province to help builders understand the changes to the Homeowner Protection Act Regulations.

  • Nanaimo - April 20th at The Coast Bastion Hotel (5-6:30pm)
  • Courtenay - April 21st at The Crowne Isle Resort (5-6:30pm)
  • Victoria - May 4th at The Harbour Towers Hotel (5-6:30pm)

Click Here to Register for a Free Information Session.

Click Here for more Information on the New Regulations.


Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Click Here for the Registration Form


CHBA Actions Result in

Canada Post Suspending

$200 Community Mailbox Fee

for Two More Years - to 2016!   

 Click here for more info.

A new system of Minimum Qualifications for Licensed Residential Builders in British Columbia will be administered by the Homeowner Protection Office, a branch of BC Housing.

The proposal is based on work done in partnership with the industry since 2005 to enhance professionalism in the residential construction sector in British Columbia by introducing education and training qualifications as a condition of residential builder licensing.

Visit www.hpo.bc.ca for more information.

CHBA BC Met with Provincial MLA's on October 6th

CHBA-BC participated in a reception with MLA's on October 6th in Victoria, organized by The Coalition of BC Businesses. The reception provided CHBA-BC with the opportunity to discuss 4 key issues: education, housing affordability, supporting skilled trades development and the underground economy.

CHBA-BC CEO Neil Moody, CHBA-Central Interior President Matt McCurrach and CHBA-VI President Chris Cross in front of the Legislature Building in Victoria.

In-stream protection from DCC/DCL rate changes: Bill 17

The Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC and the Urban Development Institute (UDI) have been working through the Province's Development Finance Review Committee to bring more fairness for developers who pay Development Cost Charges (DCCs) at the Building Permit stage. With the passage of Bill 17, developers, who have submitted a Rezoning, Development Permit or Building Permit Application for a building to a municipality, are exempt from paying the new rates if they receive the Building Permit for the building within a year. The changes also apply to Development Cost Levies in the City of Vancouver.

To read the bulletin on these changes released by the Province, click here.

For background information on DCCs/DCLs, click here.



Welcome New Members

City Construction Ltd. – Nanaimo

Mike Hamilton, 250-585-8801, mike@citybuilt.ca


Derek Gillette Personal Real Estate Corporation - Nanaimo

Connie Hentschel, 250-585-3322, info@derekgillette.com


JA Smith & Associates - Nanaimo

Theresa Dyck, 250-751-3383, joyce@jasmith.com


Zebra Group - Victoria

Rus Collins, 250-360-2144, info@zebragroup.ca

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Nanaimo BC, V9R 5B1

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