Eighty Years of Building Manitoba's Communities
Today, Canadians coast to coast are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday! Canada Day celebrations will focus on our nation’s history and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of those who have helped build our great country over the past century and a half.
The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association is also celebrating an important milestone this year. 80 years ago, our founding members joined together to create what is now the MHBA. In 1937, Henry Borger, A.W. Hagg, Frank Lount, Frank Mager, Henry Pehrson, and Walter Senicki founded and formally created the first Homebuilders’ Association in Manitoba. This makes the MHBA the oldest provincial home builders association in Canada. And while the name and membership of the MHBA has changed throughout those 80 years, the purpose and mission of our association remains the same as it was in 1937.
First and foremost, that purpose is to be the voice of Manitoba’s residential construction industry - the men and women who build our homes and communities across the province. We represent a vitally important economic sector that provides over 24,800 jobs in Manitoba and pays more than $1.4 billion in wages. In 2016, $3.8 billion dollars of residential construction took place in Manitoba. Our members who build and renovate homes also have a tremendous impact on Manitoba’s tradespeople, manufacturers, and material suppliers. Our members are community builders in every sense.
The MHBA promotes not just the wellbeing of our industry, but it also promotes the wellbeing of those who work in it. MHBA Builder members hold COR safety certification and participate in professional development to ensure their workers are working as safely as possible. MHBA Renovator members adhere to the national professional standards of RenoMark, ensuring renovations are completed professionally, safely, and to the terms of a written contract. And MHBA Associate members supply the best quality goods and services to our builders and renovators.
The MHBA provides ongoing education and shares the latest in industry best practices with our membership. Our members build to the highest standards and are continually integrating the latest industry standards into their work. So, when you see the MHBA logo, you know you are dealing with a company that is dedicated to quality. This is the proud legacy of those who have built our association over the past 80 years, and is the standard we will continue to meet.
The Manitoba Home Builders’ Association has constructed a long and storied history since our inception 80 years ago. And we look forward to helping build an even stronger Manitoba in the decades ahead. Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations give us the chance to celebrate that story and our place in helping to build our province and our country. As we all celebrate our nation’s first 150 years, the MHBA wishes you a very Happy Canada Day!
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