Status: Closed
Ministry responsible: Municipal Affairs

Overview

This engagement is to determine the best approach for developing a builder licensing program for Alberta's residential construction and renovation industry.

Builder licensing could require builders to demonstrate they are in good financial standing and have the competencies and skills to work in residential home construction. Combined with mandatory home warranties, builder licensing would improve builder accountability and residential construction quality.

Builder refers to individuals and companies who construct residential buildings, and could include aspects of renovations to homes and condominiums.

Goals of a builder licensing program

Licensing builders could help to prevent issues before they occur. In order to engage in residential home construction, builders may be required to maintain an active license to demonstrate they possess the competencies, skills, and financial health so as to not pose a significant risk to homebuyers.

Establishing a builder licensing program in Alberta may:

  • protect consumers by helping them make more informed decisions
  • give Albertans peace of mind that their home is being built to a safe standard
  • increase accountability for builders
  • improve the business practices of builders
  • improve builder competencies
  • increase the quality of residential construction
  • increase consumer protection in the homebuilding market
  • align Alberta with several other provinces across Canada

Engagement outcomes

Focus groups and an online survey were open to the public until March, 2017. The following groups were consulted during the engagement:

  • home owners and consumers
  • builders
  • renovators
  • architects and engineers
  • warranty providers
  • municipalities
  • trades unions
  • external government stakeholders
  • other provinces such as British Columbia that have builder licensing in place and can provide information on what worked well, and what challenges were encountered

The feedback from the stakeholder engagement will inform the development of an effective builder licensing program in Alberta. Feedback will be compiled and posted online.

Contact

builderlicensing@gov.ab.ca

1-866-421-6929