CFAA was initially created as an association of associations; with membership consisting of provincial and regional landlord associations from across Canada who understood the importance of advocating on behalf of Canada’s rental housing industry with the Federal government. In those early years, CFAA advocated for tax fairness and for federal programs to assist rental property owners and managers retrofit aging buildings.

In addition, CFAA spent considerable time working with CMHC to influence various programs that could assist with project financing. A rental housing conference was launched to provide an opportunity for industry professionals from across Canada to gather, network, learn, and have fun! More recently, in an attempt to raise additional support necessary to fund CFAA operations, a direct membership program was launched aimed at attracting individual rental housing providers to join CFAA.

As we all know, housing has become the number one issue for most Canadians, and it has dominated the attention at every level of government. Over the past 18 months, the Federal government has been particularly focused on the argument made by some that rental housing providers are responsible for the housing affordability crisis. The word used to describe this is financialization. Policies under serious consideration by the Federal government included changing the tax structure of REITS, limiting or barring corporate landlords from accessing CMHC financing, and imposing a surtax on additional rent post-renovation.

CFAA worked with our members and broader industry partners to push back; prepared submissions, met with MP’s and staff in the departments of Finance and Housing, appeared before a Parliamentary Committee and at the National Housing Council Review Panel on Financialization to argue against these policies and to call for greater support for new supply. Our job is never done, but as demonstrated by almost daily announcements from the Federal Housing Minister about the need for more supply and funding aimed at building more housing as well as the elimination of GST from new rental construction, we are in a better place today than we were a year ago.

Over the past six months, the CFAA team has implemented operational adjustments designed to serve our members better on the national stage. The CFAA Board is committed more than ever to championing our industry’s interests as a valued stakeholder with the Federal government and the Conservative opposition. The stakes are too high for us not to.

In order to succeed on all fronts we need your support, we are asking rental housing providers to consider joining CFAA as a direct member. We are stronger together and with your support, we can continue to ensure Canada’s rental housing industry has a strong voice on Parliament Hill and right across Canada.

Industry suppliers are an important part of the rental housing industry as we work together to bring more housing to Canadians. You can show your support by joining the CFAA Suppliers Council.  You’ll receive recognition as strong supporters of the rental housing industry, as well as opportunities to maximize your industry exposure through client connections, exclusive promotional opportunities and event participation. Find out more here.

For more information, please contact me directly or Lynzi Michal at lmichal@frpo.org. I look forward to seeing many of you at this year’s Rental Housing Conference.

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