Timely news and industry updates from the past 30 days. 

May 21, 2020

Announcing the 2020 CHBA-ER Awards of Excellence in Housing Winners!

Trophy Pick-up:

Are you an Awards of Excellence Winner? Drop by the CHBA-ER office on June 12 from 1 - 4 p.m. to claim your trophy. We will be set up outdoors but be sure to maintain physical distance if there is a line. See you on the 12th!

Please click below to view the winners

May 20, 2020

City of Edmonton - Development Inspections 2020 Season Covid-19 Inspection Protocol

Please click below for more.

May 20, 2020

Outdoor Patio and Retail Spaces

Effective May 19 and until the end of 2020, rules around patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail expansion are relaxed. This will support businesses by helping them increase maximum capacity while following public health restrictions and provincial guidelines, adding to the vibrancy of our city this summer.

 

New City guidelines developed for temporary outdoor patios, sidewalk cafes and retail expansions focus on safety and shared accountability while reducing administrative requirements. 

  • Businesses can register online to open new temporary patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail space by agreeing to follow the new guidelines.

  • This is done through a simple, no-fee form available at edmonton.ca/temporarypatios

  • Once the online form is completed, businesses will be able to open the new and expanded patios, sidewalk cafes and outdoor retail space immediately. Businesses will not be required to wait for approval, but must follow the City’s guidelines at all times.

May 20, 2020

City of Edmonton – Board Directors, Innovate Edmonton

Innovate Edmonton is a new, non-profit organization with the primary purpose of championing innovation in Edmonton to drive a diverse, resilient, and creative economy in the city. 

The City of Edmonton is seeking to establish a Board for this entity. Board members will serve as ambassadors for the city’s innovation ecosystem and contribute to the strategic direction of the organization. 

Please click below for more information.

May 08, 2020

Development Inspections and Field Activities Update

Please click below for an update on FAC & CCC Inspections for EPCOR.

May 07, 2020

Financial Post: ‘Don’t underestimate how fast things may come back:’ Housing sector seen rebounding by year's end

Technology, Technology, technology will be new catchphrase of real estate's recovery, says Peter Norman, vice president and chief economist at Altus Group.

May 05, 2020

Marketshare Real Estate Webinar - Thursday, May 7, 2020

The following link is to a real estate industry initiative bringing top leaders together from across Canada and the US for a series of quick, 30-min discussions. It's called Marketshare. First one airs this Thursday at 10:30am MDT.

 

The link to register (its free): https://marketshare.tv/.

 

The May 7 topic is "Forced Innovation" with industry leaders Eric Carlson (CEO - Anthem), Trent Edwards (COO- Brookfield) and Bill Logar (EVP - Kingsett Capital).

April 30, 2020

GOA: Alberta’s safely staged COVID-19 relaunch

A phased relaunch will put Albertans’ safety first as we gradually reopen closed businesses and services and get people back to work.

April 27, 2020

CBC: City of Edmonton lays off 900 more workers in COVID-19 response

The City of Edmonton is temporarily laying off another 900 employees in response to reduced transit service and lower demand for administrative services, interim city manager Adam Laughlin announced Monday. 

April 27, 2020

City of Edmonton News Release: COVID-19 Pandemic leads to further temporary layoffs

Reductions in transit service, reductions in outdoor programming, and lower demand for administrative services are leading to temporary layoffs of an additional 900 City employees. 

 

Nearly half of the affected staff are transit operators, while others provide administrative, analytical, community liaison, human resources, technology, training, and other services across all City departments.  

 

“COVID-19 is continuing to have an impact on public health, the economy, and City services, and again it is taking a toll on our colleagues,” said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin. 

 

The total number of staff facing a temporary layoff has been slightly reduced through other workforce strategies. Employees have been redeployed to support the City’s COVID-19 response, including staffing the EXPO Centre and providing additional transit cleaning. In addition, permanent staff may be redeployed for summer programs, outside maintenance and waste collection.   

 

The length of the temporary layoffs has not been confirmed. “How the City responds and recovers will determine when and how we bring employees back,” said Laughlin. 

 

In other steps to manage workforce costs, the City has cancelled a number of recruitments. Positions which are not mission-critical will remain vacant, and recalls of seasonal workers will not proceed at previous levels. 

 

“We are making every effort to treat our staff with compassion and care, whether they are temporarily away from their job or working in a different way. We continue to adjust municipal operations to support our residents and community through these challenging times,” he concluded. 

For more information:

edmonton.ca/covid-19

April 17, 2020

BILD Alberta Special Bulletin: Permit Delays Resolved Amended Ministerial Order

Municipal Affairs signed a Ministerial Order (No. 022/20) on March 25, 2020. The Order extended the timelines for appeal periods, subdivision approvals, public hearings and several other matters to October 1, 2020. While unintended, this Order effectively halted the majority of municipal permits and approvals.

Bild Alberta is pleased to announce that Minister Kaycee Madu has accepted all of BILD Alberta's recommendations and amended the Ministerial Order.

April 13, 2020

City of Edmonton is Now Accepting Development Bonds for Servicing Agreements (1 of 2)

Effective immediately, the City of Edmonton is now accepting development bonds for all new servicing agreements for the 2020 construction season.

 

This will allow developers another option for security, as the City previously only accepted irrevocable letters of credit issued by a bank, or cash security.

 

To apply for a development bond for your new servicing agreement, please:

  • review the updated guidelines for establishing security in servicing agreements, and

  • complete, scan and email the attached development bond application form to the development engineer for your servicing agreement file.

 

Existing Servicing Agreements:

 

The COVID-19 situation presents an unpredictable and unique scenario and the City is working hard to find ways to help businesses and developers navigate this challenging situation. The City is exploring options for allowing letters of credit for existing servicing agreements to be converted to development bonds and will provide further information when it is available. We hope that this will help provide some economic support and make it easier to do business in Edmonton during this difficult time.

The information provided above is current as of April 7, 2020. All is subject to change given the evolving COVID-19 situation. We will keep you informed of any further changes as they occur.

If you have any questions, please contact the development engineer for your file directly or email development.coordination@edmonton.ca.

Please click below to review the updated guidelines for establishing security in servicing agreements.

April 13, 2020

Development Bond Application Form (2 of 2)

Please click below to access the development bond application form.

April 09, 2020

GOA: $2 billion investment in job creation

In response to the COVID-19 recession, the Alberta government will allocate almost $2 billion from the 2020 Capital Plan to resurface roads, repair bridges, restore schools and fill potholes, all to get thousands of Albertans back to work.  

April 08, 2020

CHBA: COVID-19 Industry Update

Changes to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – Better for Residential Construction

April 07, 2020

The Owl: What we know and don’t know about COVID-19 and the economy

Today’s Owl is a brief summary of a recent webinar presentation by ATB Financial’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch. 

April 06, 2020

OSCAM Restrictions and Suspension of COE Utility Cut Restoration Related To COVID-19

In an effort to manage the impacts of COVID-19, the City of Edmonton will be implementing service level reductions to excavation and restoration work, effective Friday, March 20, 2020.

Please see attached:

March 27, 2020

CHBA Industry Highlights - March 27, 2020

COVID-19; business; interest rates; mortgages.

March 25, 2020

Fraser Institute: Stabilizing income vs. economic stimulus—what’s the difference?

There’s a great deal of discussion right now regarding the need for governments to “stabilize income” and “stimulate the economy.” It’s critical to understand the difference between the two if we’re going to introduce effective policy in response to the current economic downturn.

March 25, 2020

EPCOR - Covid Update March 25/20

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While there are currently no interruptions to core EPCOR utility services related to COVID-19, some non-core services have been curtailed to protect the health of our employees and customers. Other work could see delays as we comply with the City of Edmonton permitting restrictions that limit our ability to perform certain types of work within a two-kilometre radius of certain healthcare facilities. We will remain in contact with you where impacts exist on projects on which we are working so that you can assess the impact to your operation.

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March 24, 2020

COE - Covid 19 - NEW DECISIONS, ACTIONS, AND INFORMATION

Please see attached for updates on Parks, Transit, Spacial Distancing and more.

March 23, 2020

FortisAlberta Covid Update March 23/20

COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Precautions and Considerations

Given that FortisAlberta provides an essential service; the delivery of electricity to more than half a million customers in Alberta, critical business functions must be maintained.

We are monitoring the situation closely and we would like to confirm we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the reliability of our service and keep the lights on for our customers.

 

FortisAlberta’s approach is proactive to reducing exposure and helping protect the health and safety of all employees and our customers during this time. Please read the Full Notice for the entire update.

March 23, 2020

2019 UDI-ER Year in Review

Please click below for the 2019 UDI-ER Year in Review.

March 20, 2020

2020 ARA Rates

From COE:

Please see the attached updated 2020 ARA Rate Card

March 18, 2020

Fraser Institute: Stabilizing income vs. economic stimulus—what’s the difference?

There’s a great deal of discussion right now regarding the need for governments to “stabilize income” and “stimulate the economy.” It’s critical to understand the difference between the two if we’re going to introduce effective policy in response to the current economic downturn.

March 18, 2020

Government of Canada: Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect our economy, and the health, safety, and jobs of all Canadians during the global COVID-19 outbreak.

March 18, 2020

CTV: Major economic package coming, Trudeau mulls taking new emergency steps

The federal government is set to present a major support package to both aid families and businesses, as well as stimulate the economy on Wednesday, expected to include measures to put money directly into Canadians’ hands.

March 17, 2020

URGENT NOTICE: UDI-ER AGM on MARCH 26 2020

To UDI-ER Members,

 

Due to COVID-19, we've had to reschedule our Annual General Meeting to Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10:30 am via Teleconference.

  • Pursuant to the UDI-ER's bylaws, business may be transacted at this meeting if a simple majority of Developer Members qualified to attend the meeting (i.e., members in good standing) are present, or represented by proxy - thereby ensuring QUORUM.

  • Please note that the number of folks we can accommodate on the teleconference is LIMITED.

  • As UDI-ER's Year End Financials and the Board-approved 2020 Budget are normally distributed in person at the AGM, we will be posting them on our website (www.udiedmonton.com) under the Members Only section.

  • Call in number: 1-888-433-2192

    • Code: 4039210​

Your ongoing understanding is most appreciated during this challenging period.

  

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at the office: (780) 428-6146.

March 16, 2020

REMINDER - CANCELLATION NOTICE: March 19, 2020 UDI-ER Luncheon & Annual General Meeting

To UDI-ER Members,

 

Due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel our March 19th Luncheon and Annual General Meeting at the Derrick Club.

 

With respect to the AGM, the UDI-ER Board will be meeting this week to assess rescheduling and exploring the practicality of conducting the AGM via teleconference.

 

We will update Members on the status of the AGM as soon as possible. Your continued patience and understanding during these challenging times is most appreciated.

  

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at the office: (780) 428-6146.

March 16, 2020

EPCOR - Potential Delays to Service Energization and Project Support

EPCOR has plans in place to manage disruptions or emergencies, and we are committed to providing essential services to communities. As we continue to respond to COVID-19, the potential exists that you may experience delays in service energization as we shift resources to respond to our most critical work. We will make every effort to ensure that projects and requests are handled in as timely of a manner as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

March 12, 2020

2020 Inspection Fees

From the City of Edmonton

The inspection fees collected through servicing agreements have been adjusted for 2020. Based on the Edmonton Consumer Price Index, the percent variation between December 2019 and December 2018 was +2.28%, and as a result, the rates for 2020 are as follows:

 

Subdivision &
Development        $ 2,302.00 /ha  
Coordination

Drainage             $ 1,627.00 /ha

EPCOR Water       $ 833.00 /ha

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Total                   $ 4,762.00 /ha

 

The minimum 3.0 hectare charge is still applicable, and the rates are effective March 12, 2020.

 

Please note, the ARA Administration Fee has also been adjusted by 2.28% from $ 2,111.00 + GST per agreement to $ 2,159.00 + GST

City of Edmonton

SUBDIVISION AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION

URBAN FORM AND CORPORATE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT  |  DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

February 24, 2020

Global News: Council leaning towards leaving suburban development in Edmonton to private sector

City council’s executive committee debated a proposed land-development strategy for three remaining large parcels in the outskirts of Edmonton Monday.

February 20, 2020

COE Acceptance of Development Bonds

The City of Edmonton is proud to announce the acceptance of Development Bonds as an alternative form of security within all servicing agreements for the 2020 construction season.

 

This will allow Developers another option for security, as the City previously only accepted irrevocable letters of credit issued by a bank, or cash security. The City supports economic vibrancy of the City by making it easier to do business in Edmonton.

 

In advance of an anticipated April 1, 2020 implementation, an update to the Servicing Agreement and the City’s Guidelines for Establishing Security in Servicing Agreements are currently being prepared, along with a Development Bond Agreement to support the City’s monitored five year pilot program.

 

Further details pertaining to this announcement will be provided at the beginning of March 2020.

 

If there are any questions, please contact Clarence Wong at 780-944-7900 or clarence.wong@edmonton.ca.

February 10, 2020

City of Edmonton Organizational Structure Chart

City of Edmonton Organizational Structure Chart as of February 4, 2020.

January 17, 2020

2020 UDI-ER Business Plan

The 2020 Annual Business Plan (the Plan) flows from the UDI-Edmonton Region (UDI-ER) Board’s 2018-20 Strategic Plan and is an integrated element of its overarching strategy to address various business needs, opportunities and challenges.

Fundamental Role

UDI Edmonton Region is a key voice in shaping public policy and regulation for sustainable growth in Edmonton Metro.

Mission - Why we exist.

To be the advocate for the land development industry in the Edmonton Metro Region. In accordance with our affiliated organizations, UDI-ER is dedicated to “Building Communities Together” by promoting wise, efficient and productive urban growth.

Vision - What we aspire to.

To be the champion for the land development industry in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

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