The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) has been the proud voice for excellence in the home building community since 1951. Builders, developers, renovators, trade contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers make up the core of the Association’s membership.
At GOHBA, we are the proud voice for excellence in the home building community.
Our mission is to create competitive advantage for our members by:
- Advocating for effective regulatory change;
- Providing business development forums; and
- Delivering professional education and recognition programs
To act professionally to promote affordability, quality and choice for consumers.
We are proud to be good civic partners, and make meaningful changes in the community we live in by implementing sound municipal policies.
We are stronger and more effective when we speak as a unified voice. We amplify that voice by partnering with external stakeholders.
We facilitate innovation in all facets of home building – from regulatory affairs to building science.
- Professional conduct from our members in all business affairs;
- Professional conduct from our Board / Staff / Volunteers when representing the interests of the Association; and
- Clarity, consistency and equity in the operations of the Association with our members.
Be a member. Do business with a member.
Code of Ethics
When you want to hire a contractor, make sure you hire a professional — a member of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association. It’s your best assurance that you will get the quality and value that you can enjoy for years to come. All GOHBA members have agreed to operate their firm in accordance with the spirit and intent of the GOHBA’s By-Laws and Code of Ethics.
Members shall comply with the Ontario Building Code as a minimum standard for construction and shall work toward its improvement in the interests of structural sufficiency, safety and health.
Members shall plan their sites and homes to conform to the principles of good community planning.
Members shall deal honestly and fairly with their customers.
Members shall co-operate to extend the effectiveness of the Association by interchanging information and experience, and encourage research on materials and techniques in order to provide better homes at a lower cost.
Members shall uphold the principle of appropriate, timely and adequate compensation for the services which they render and which they receive.
Members shall deal justly with their employees, subcontractors and suppliers;
Members shall avoid advertising which tends to mislead customers, depreciate competitors, or generally bring the reputation of the industry into disrepute;
Members shall uphold the professional image and reputation of the Association, avoiding all conduct or practice likely to discredit or do injury to the residential construction industry.
Members shall not make frivolous or false complaints against other members.
Members shall treat other members with professional respect and shall not engage in defamation of another member’s professional capabilities.
Members shall not accept or request payments, commissions or “finder’s fees” for referrals given to clients or prospective clients, nor shall members accept or request fees for the right to bid or work on a project.
A few stats on the economic impact of residential construction and renovation in Ottawa (2020):
- 9,950 new housing starts – a key to economic growth in our community.
- 23,079 on-site and off-site jobs in new home construction, a major source of employment in Ottawa.
- $1.5 Billion in wages – that show up in purchases across the entire local economy.
- $2.9 Billion in investment value – the largest single wealth-builder for most families.
- 19,843 jobs in home renovation and repair, a major source of employment in the community.
- $1.3 Billion in wages – that show up in purchases across the entire local economy.
- $2.2 Billion in investment value – maintains and improves the largest single wealth-builder for many Ottawa families.
Total Residential Construction
- 42,922 on-site and off-site jobs in new home construction, renovation, and repair – one of the largest employers in Ottawa
- $2.8 Billion in wages – that show up in purchases across the entire local economy.
- $5.0 Billion in investment value – the largest single wealth-builder for most families.