More than 500 members of the REALTOR® community gathered virtually for the 35th annual Political Action Committee (PAC) Days event, held October 5-6, 2020. Throughout the day, we unpacked how we can bring Canadians closer to home and highlighted how housing can be a driver of Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even with the temporary switch to a virtual venue, we got a lot accomplished and PAC Reps were able to meet with their Members of Parliament (MPs) to present three new REALTOR® recommendations:
- Create homes for Canadians across the housing spectrum through a major housing stimulus program in partnership with Canadian industry to dramatically increase the supply of new homes;
- Incentivize provincial and municipal collaboration by emphasizing housing’s place in infrastructure; and
- Make Canadian homes more energy efficient through a green renovation program.
In addition to meeting with more than 130 MPs, participants were able to hone their political savvy through an afternoon of exciting programming.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, logged in for a virtual fireside chat with CREA’s CEO Michael Bourque. Later, we welcomed back our exciting media panels, consisting of some of Canada’s most politically savvy—and entertaining—journalists: Chantal Hébert, Don Martin, Hélène Buzzetti, Joël-Denis Bellavance, and Rob Russo.
Participants also got to hear from PAC Days 2020’s exciting keynote speaker: Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors. Masai—an accomplished businessman and leader—played a key role in leading Canada’s iconic NBA franchise to its first championship in 2019. As a new Canadian, he discussed his experience making Canada his home and the importance of building communities.
If you missed out on any part of the conference, you can still catch highlights on social media by searching the #CloserToHome and #CREAPAC20 hashtags.
Not a bad spot from which to be attending CREA’s 35th (first virtual) Political Action Days! So proud to be a REALTOR ® helping Canadians get “Closer To Home” with housing being so important to the Canadian economy. #CREAPAC20 #CloserToHome #ProudREALTOR pic.twitter.com/hYo4I80nSx
— James Mabey (@MabeyAHome) October 5, 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended our 35th annual PAC Days—we hope to see you all next year. Whether you were able to log in or not, make sure to check out our 2020 REALTOR® Recommendations and stay tuned to REALTORActionNetwork.ca for future Federal Affairs updates.