WRLA Advocacy

Member Memo - 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 COVID-19 Resource Memo 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 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..."

Read Advocacy Bulletin (pdf) - Issue 7, 2020

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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