BILD’s roots go back to 1921 when the Toronto Home Builders’ Association was established. Five Toronto builders met in a downtown office to discuss development fees and charges, and formed an association that has been representing the industry and influencing public policy development for nearly a century.
The Association has always represented the industry in Toronto and the surrounding areas. Today we are active in the Regions of Halton, Peel, York, Durham, Simcoe County, as well as the City of Toronto.
Over the years, our name has changed several times as the organization has grown and evolved.
Many of our most active and dedicated members are second and third generation, local, family-owned businesses whose affiliation with BILD dates back to the 1950s and 60s and even earlier. Every year we celebrate our long-standing members, recognizing them for their ongoing support as they reach their 25th and 50th membership anniversaries.
Since its early days, the Association has included members from all facets of the industry, such as trade contractors and suppliers. In the 1980s, our work expanded to represent the interests of renovators.
In 2001, what was then known as the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association created the RenoMark™ program so that consumers could easily identify professional renovators who are committed to high standards and follow a Code of Conduct. The RenoMark™ program was well received and soon expanded to other markets. Today, RenoMark™ is used to distinguish professional renovators in nine provinces and more than 40 municipalities across Canada.
In the 1950s, the Association expanded into the new business of consumer home shows. It launched the National Home Show in 1950 and the Fall National Home Show in 1988. In 2014, BILD became the sole owner and operator of the National Home Show, Toronto Fall Home Show and the GTA Home & Reno Show, after many years of co-ownership.
In 1980, the Association began to recognize excellence and innovation in the industry with an annual awards program. Originally established as the Sales and Marketing Awards, the program has evolved and now celebrates design, planning and building, as well as sales and marketing.
A parallel awards program recognizing the best renovating and custom home building in the GTA began in 1999.
On September 14, 2006 members of the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association and the Urban Development Institute/Ontario voted to merge the two organizations. The merger created a united voice to better serve the industry as a whole.
In 2007, the newly merged organization was renamed as BILD, the Building Industry and Land Development Association.