A year in review: Advocacy wins for REALTORS® and Canadians

Be it personal or business, January is a time for reflection. A lot can happen over 12 months and we know staying up-to-date on everything going on at CREA can be difficult. Over the next few weeks, well be taking a look back at the year that was in Canadian real estate. Have something to add? Feel free to share in the Comments section below.

For CREA’s Federal Affairs team, 2017 was PAC-ed full of events, meetings, consultations and work advocating on behalf of REALTORS® and home buyers and sellers. While it’s hard to mention everything, here are highlights from the past 12 months.

    • As part of the Standing Committee on Finance’s (FINA) study on the Canadian real estate market and homeownership, we made a submission and presentation on the importance of keeping homeownership within reach for all Canadians.
    • With the help of our advocacy efforts, Finance Minister Bill Morneau made adjustments to the proposed slate of taxation changes for private corporations, benefiting REALTORS® and small business owners across Canada.

  • In 2017, CREA partnered with Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) to create a publication to help guide home owners through the ins and outs of home energy efficiency. A Homeowner’s Guide to Energy Efficiency offers tips to make your home more energy efficient as well as a handy guide on home energy ratings.

Energy home.

  • With 205 meetings between PAC Reps and Members of Parliament (MPs) scheduled over two days, PAC Days 2017 was one of the most successful yet. Last October, REALTORS® travelled from across Canada to meet with their local MPs and advocate for positive changes for home owners.
  • PAC Days by the numbers

As we look forward to 2018, we know these milestones wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of our Political Action Committee Representatives (PAC Reps), REALTOR® Action Network participants and boards and associations and their advocacy teams. Thank you!

To learn more about our ongoing Federal Affairs activities, head to the REALTOR® Action Network.

As former Government Relations and Communications Advisor, Sabrina Grover worked with government and private sector partners, supporting our Federal Affairs Committee, and administering our online advocacy platform – the REALTOR® Action Network. Sabrina holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary. In her spare time, you can find her camping, hiking, cooking and reading up on the world of international affairs.

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