Forming relationships to advocate for and with REALTORS®

Advocacy is a key strategic priority for the ASR. One of the ways we do this is to form relationships with government and thereby create a channel REALTORS® to be heard. Our members represent a wealth of knowledge; it is our duty to make lawmakers engage that knowledge. The more REALTORS® are involved in this process the more influence we can wield, so we encourage you to take part in the various initiatives we offer!

The Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® works throughout the year to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and the real estate industry are represented to government. We hold meetings with decision makers as issues arise, and we look to provide solutions to those that could have adverse effects on Saskatchewan real estate. Read about the balanced approach that CEO Bill Madder, speaking on behalf of the Government Relations Committee, suggests to address the provincial budget deficit and minimize negative impacts to our industry. 


REALTOR® Action Network

The REALTOR® Action Network (RAN) is The Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) online interactive platform that connects REALTORS®, Boards and Associations with CREA’s federal affairs program and federal government decision makers.

Once you sign up, you will periodically receive information by e-mail about CREA’s federal affairs activities and conferences. With only  a couple clicks, you can add your voice to those of other RAN members and be heard by decision makers in government about issues that are important to you, and the REALTOR® community - it's that simple! You can withdraw your consent and unsubscribe to the REALTOR® Action Network at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link contained in each e-mail. Sign up today!


Political Action Committee (PAC)

CREA promotes legislation and regulations that benefit homeowners and that help REALTORS® better serve their clients.

CREA works with federal cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament, parliamentary committees, and senior officials directly and through its Political Action Committee (PAC) of REALTORS®. When issues arise that affect housing, property rights, or the real estate sector, representatives from CREA meet with politicians and officials to discuss the issues. Prior to any federal budget, CREA makes recommendations to the government about how fiscal policy can better encourage responsible economic growth.

In politics, just as in real estate, impressions last long after a deal closes. Recognizing this, CREA strives to maintain open, honest and respectful dialogue with the federal government. The main mechanism for this is the Political Action Committee (PAC) Network, created in 1985 to allow REALTORS® to actively engage with their elected representatives. PAC includes the President and Executive Officer of all real estate boards and associations, current members of the CREA Board of Directors, and one or more “PAC Reps” appointed by each.

PAC Reps work hard at the local level to make sure CREA is aware of important local and regional issues. They keep their local Members of Parliament aware of major national issues affecting the real estate industry. And they regularly brief their respective board or association about issues being considered on Parliament Hill.

PAC Days

The major focus for participation in federal affairs is PAC Days. This event, held annually on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, allows REALTORS® to speak directly to Members of Parliament about issues that affect homeowners and the real estate industry.

Past Successes
The PAC Network has made pivotal contributions to the many lobbying successes achieved by REALTORS®. In recent years, PAC Reps have successfully advocated on mortgage financing rules, Employment Insurance for the self-employed, and the Home Buyers’ Plan.

Current Issues

CREA is currently advocating for two policy changes. The first involves indexing the Home Buyers Plan to prevent its value from being steadily eroded. The second issue urges the federal government to extend the Home Buyers’ Plan to help Canadians maintain home ownership after relocating more than 40 kilometers from an existing home to secure employment (in accordance with the ‘Moving Expense Deduction’ in The Income Tax Act
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Government Relations (GR) Days


Download the toolkit, including issues here.
 
Each fall, we travel to Regina to meet with Saskatchewan Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to hear what they have to say, provide our input, and network with those making the decisions in our province. Members took part in two-days of speakers, panelists and presentations relating to issues the real estate industry. We once again had an opportunity to meet with MLAs, share ideas with like-minded REALTORS® and advocate for the things important to the real estate community. Thank you to everyone who joined us for GR Days 2017!

Check out the summary of 2017 Government Relations Days!


Watch the video below to learn more about GR Days!