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Advocacy Bulletin: Sask Party Listens to WRLA

"Scott Moe, Leader of the Saskatchewan Party announced today that if the Saskatchewan Party is re-elected, the government will introduce a Home Renovation Tax Credit. From the beginning of the pandemic, the WRLA has been advocating for a renovation and eco-retrofit tax credits as a strategic way to support economic recovery. We are very pleased that the government listened to our requests and took our proposals to support economic recovery into consideration."

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Advocacy Bulletin #9

"While it may have been some time since the last bulletin, the WRLA team and government relations committee volunteers have continued to work diligently behind the scenes. And there is no time like the present to reiterate that we are here to support you. Our focus is on the betterment of the LBM industry and working on programs and services that you can take advantage of to grow your business, industry connections and knowledge!"

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 9, 2020

Working Towards Recovery, Part 2

A letter to provincial and federal governments on emerging from the pandemic and the role for building supply dealers

“The building supply dealers sector will be an important driver of economic activity as the national economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Economic Impact Report

A report on the economic value and footprint of the building supply sector in the Prairies

"The building supplies dealers sector across the Prairie provinces is a strategically important retail sector with more than 1,300 stores employing 27,000 staff and generating $7.2 billion in sales in 2019."

Read the full report

Advocacy Bulletin #8

Advocacy Call to Action - We want to hear from you!

"...To ensure we stay current on the issues that are impacting members and help us understand any concerns we may need to address or potentially bring forward, we are asking you to provide us with feedback. We have two short surveys that we kindly ask you to complete this week..."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 8, 2020

Member Memo #6 - COVID-19 New Resources & Federal Funding for Businesses

"...As we progress through the initial stages of recovery, new funding has been announced by the federal government to support large employers, in addition to provincial programs available to members."

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Industry Economic Impact Survey

"...The WRLA wants to help the government understand the full weight of what the LBM industry brings to the Canadian economy, and show them what our member businesses contribute to our overall economic health. To give our industry a more powerful voice and larger impact when decisions are made, we need information from you.

Please take our very short economic impact survey, so we can stand up alongside other key industries, such as oil and gas, and demonstrate our strength..."

Take the survey.

Member Memo #5 - COVID-19 Cautious but Optimistic Announcements!

"...While we won’t be back to normal for the foreseeable future, some much-needed optimism was announced by the Province of Saskatchewan last week by Premier Scott Moe and yesterday’s announcement made by Premier Brian Pallister releasing their phased-in approach made for Manitobans...."

Read COVID-19 Cautious but Optimistic Announcements Memo (pdf) - April 2020

Restoring Safe Services

Manitoba's Pandemic And Economic Roadmap For Recovery

"...COVID-19 is having a global impact. Everything is changing, quickly. The challenge is enormous, but Manitobans have once again risen to the task, some at great personal risk and financial hardship. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your sacrifice..."

Read Restoring Safe Services - Manitoba (pdf) - April 2020

Re-Open Saskatchewan

A plan to re-open the provincial economy

"...COVID-19 has currently changed the way we live and work – in Saskatchewan, across the country and around the world. It’s impacted the way in which we socialize with our family and friends..."

Read Plan to re-open Saskatchewan (pdf) - April 2020

Member Memo #4 - COVID-19 Business Support Updates

"...During a time when there are more questions than answers, we hope to provide you with some clarity and keep you updated on the business support available to you. Time is of the essence with some of these programs, so please be sure to review and respond accordingly if you plan to take advantage of the federal or provincial supports currently available..."

Read COVID-19 Business Support Updates (pdf) - April 2020

The WRLA and the Lumber and Building Materials Industry’s Role in the Economic Recovery

"...The building supply industry is an $80+ billion industry that directly employs over 262,000 Canadians. This industry brings a multitude of economic benefits, jobs and investment to the provinces and country..."

 Read Role in Economic Recovery (pdf) - April 2020

Best Practice for Virtual Meeting

"...As coronavirus (COVID-19) forces more employees to work from home, businesses are adapting to a new remote-work business model quickly and effectively. Fortunately, technology has made things a lot easier as many companies are using virtual meetings and conference calls to keep in touch..."

Read Best Practice for Virtual Meeting (pdf) - April 2020

Member Memo #3 - Financial Resources & Business Grants during COVID-19

"...To ensure that you are kept up to date on new developments we have pulled together additional resources and recent information to help support your needs at this time...."

Read Financial Resource & Business Grants during COVID-19 (pdf) - March 26, 2020

WRLA Advocacy Efforts and Call to Action for Members!

"...The Western Retail Lumber Association and its 1,200 member firms in the building supply industry extend into every community across the country contributing to the very fabric of Canada. The industry plays a vital role in our communities, from providing jobs to over 262,000 Canadians to producing and supplying materials that are vital to the construction sector and essential to all Canadians..."

COVID-19 Letter to Provincial Government (pdf) - March 2020

Member Momo #2 - Member Resources During COVID-19

"...As we continue to navigate through this difficult time together, the WRLA wants to ensure it is providing you with important resources and announcements to help support your business. The next 2-3 months will be critical. We know that several businesses in the West were already in a fragile state as a result of the economy and are now having to weather yet another storm..."

Read Member Resources During COVID-19 (pdf) - March 2020

Advocacy Bulletin 7

"...On Tuesday, January 21, the WRLA held its 1st annual Advocacy Summit. Members participated in a half-day session to identify areas where the WRLA needs to advocate to governments on behalf of its membership. The session was facilitated by Eric Pelletier of Prospectus Associates, an advocacy firm that we are working with to move our advocacy program forward..."

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Advocacy Bulletin 6

"...As the federal election date of October 21st rapidly approaches, public opinion polling suggests we are witnessing one of the closest federal election races in recent history. It would appear to be still quite a toss up as to whether the Liberals or the Conservatives will capture the most seats, and whether they will do so with enough seats to form a majority government. Suffice to say that we’re likely in for a late night on Monday (or an early Tuesday morning) before we know the final results...."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 6, 2019

Advocacy Bulletin 5

"...A couple of major political developments have taken place since our last bulletin. The federal election campaign has officially begun, and the Manitoba election has come to an end. Federal Election: With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit with the Governor-General, Parliament has been dissolved and as expected Canadians will vote in a Federal election on October 21st....."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 5, 2019

Advocacy Bulletin 3

"... I wanted to update you on a few things… 1) Our Advocacy and Government Relations Action Plan leading up to the federal election; 2) The key messages we will be delivering to federal politicians over the coming months; 3) Details of my recent trip to Ottawa to meet with like-minded organizations which have many of the same objectives as we have, and to share ideas on plans leading up to the election and explore ways in which we can collaborate with these organizations in order to fully maximize our effectiveness on your behalf..."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 3, 2019 

Advocacy Bulletin 2

"...Yesterday’s Federal Budget certainly contained a number of positive initiatives for our industry, which are the result of much of the lobbying we have been doing over these past several months. These additional incentives to increase the supply of housing, and make more houses, more affordable, for more Canadians are all good news for you our members and our industry colleagues across Canada...."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 2, 2019

Advocacy Bulletin 1

"...I’m pleased to provide an update on our advocacy efforts to date and plans for further advocacy efforts on your behalf in the coming weeks. We all know the compound effect of policies such as the 25-year mortgage (introduced in 2012) and the January 2018 “stress test” requirement (among others) have had a crippling effect on housing markets. This of course is having a devastating impact on our industry and you, our members, whose livelihoods depend on a robust residential construction sector..."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 1, 2019

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