Looking forward to a better year, and a 100th anniversary
Most of us were no doubt happy to say goodbye to 2020. It was a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our lives and society: a year of loss, isolation and hardship for people in the GTA, Ontario, Canada and around the world.
As we look forward to 2021, we have many reasons to be optimistic.
Most importantly, the light at the end of the tunnel will get closer as more people get vaccinated and more types of vaccine become available. Little by little, the virus will loosen its grip and life will begin to return to a semblance of normal.
While still taking precautions, we will perhaps be able to gather with loved ones and enjoy some of the social interactions that were so absent from our lives in 2020.
In 2021, our industry will build on last year’s tremendous innovation and collaboration with municipalities that resulted in the process improvements and efficiencies that kept housing approvals moving in a virtual environment.
The positive changes to provincial housing regulations brought in by the Ontario government will begin to be felt at the municipal level, as municipalities across the GTA work to update processes and bylaws to meet the new rules. Once this work is completed, we can expect to see the effects of the provincial government’s leadership in this area, with increased housing supply and choice, and their corresponding impacts on the housing market.
This year also marks an important milestone for the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and our members, as we celebrate the Association’s 100th anniversary.
Since 1921, when our forerunner organization, the Toronto Home Builders’ Association, was founded in a small tea shop in downtown Toronto, we have worked diligently with provincial and municipal governments on the decisions and policies that have shaped the GTA. Today, BILD has nearly 1,500 member companies and is the largest local home builders’ association in Canada, and one of the largest in North America.
We look forward to sharing the 100-year history of our association and celebrating our industry, with a 10-week, decade-by-decade retrospective in the Toronto Star that will tell the story of our contributions to the development and growth of the GTA.
With a year like no other just ended, let’s embrace 2021 with optimism. I wish you all a very happy New Year.Read the original article: thestar.com