The Atlantic Home Building and Renovation Sector Council has been a leading advocate for professionalization within the residential construction sector in Canada for more than two decades. A central and consistent component of these efforts has been our advocacy for mandatory licensing of home builders. This work has included comprehensive industry and stakeholder consultations undertaken in development of a strategic action and business plan for the creation of a proposed provincial licensing body; the Nova Scotia Residential Construction Commission. While our work has informed and inspired efforts in British Columbia, Alberta and other Province’s within Canada to develop and implement mandatory licensing and registration systems for home builders in those jurisdictions, we have thus far been unable to convince successive governments within Nova Scotia to support and implement a similar system here.
Currently we are sponsoring efforts with the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association to develop a Licensing Pilot Project for residential building and renovation companies operating within Halifax Regional Municipality and continuing our efforts to convince the Province of Nova Scotia of the merits of a Province wide system on licensing for home builders.