Ashley Visits Victoria - Speaks to MLAs -

Ashley Visits Victoria – Speaks to MLAs

Ashley Visits Victoria – Speaks to MLAs

Discusses Property Transfer Tax & Flood Plain Mapping

May 2014

Ashley Smith attended BCREA’s Government Liaison Days in Victoria April 27th – 29th, 2014. As part of REBGV’s (Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver) Government Relations Committee, Ashley spoke with various MLAs from across the province to build support for initiatives which help home owners, buyers, and sellers – and which benefit our local communities in general.

While in Victoria, REBGV was presented with the B.C. Real Estate Association’s 2013 Government Relations Award. The award is for the Board’s 2013 “Help Reduce the PTT” provincial election campaign which resulted in the government changing legislation to reduce the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) for first-time buyers.

Along with other BCREA representatives, the REBGV GR Committee spoke with MLAs to advocate important proposed legislation – this year focusing on updating and regulating flood plain maps. At the event, the group heard from a panel of REALTORS® from High River, Alberta who experienced first-hand the devastating effects of the 2013 flood – the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. It became more apparent than ever that preparedness and accurate flood plain information are matters that should not be taken lightly. Thankfully, the government is beginning to address this issue.

Left-to-Right: Jake Moldowan, BCREA President; Government Relations (GR) Committee members: Ashley Smith, Mark Sakai, Adrian Keenan; Harriet Permut, Manager, REBGV Government Relations; Jim Woolsey, Chair, GR Committee.

On May 2nd, 2014, the federal and provincial governments jointly announced that 26 communities in BC will receive funding for flood mitigation projects. Five of these communities are in the REBGV area: Delta, Richmond, District of North Vancouver, Squamish and Pemberton. This joint investment of $27 million will help communities address existing flood concerns and prevent flooding emergencies.

To learn more about the 2013/14 GR initiatives, view the full release HERE.

Left-to-Right: Linda Reimer, Liberal MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam; Harriet Permut, Manager, Government Relations; Ashley Smith, GR Committee member.