Home Inspection Regulation Consultation Period

As outlined in our previous information, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) has entered into the public consultation period for the regulations on the Home Inspection Profession.

We recently sent out a newsflash to all members and other inspectors registered with us or subscribed to our newsletters.  This newsflash was a copy of the communication we received from the MGCS.

As an Association we have responded to the Surveys and the consultation paper, but it is equally important that each and every inspector has their say too.  If you leave everything to everyone else, you can complain afterwards that your position was not taken into account.

We encourage you to provide feedback on the survey and the consultation paper.

The consultation is open for public feedback until February 16, 2018, don’t leave it until the last minute.

Excerpt from the Ministry Website

“The Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2017 received Royal Assent on April 13, 2017. It enacted a new statute called the Home Inspection Act, 2017 (HIA). The HIA, which comes into force on a date (or dates) set by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor, is not yet in force as regulations must be developed to support the implementation of this legislation. Once in force, the HIA and its proposed regulations will establish mandatory licensing in Ontario for home inspection providers and home inspectors and is intended to be administered by an administrative authority.

The HIA reflects the recommendations made by a panel of consumer and industry experts in the 2013 report A Closer Look: Qualifying Ontario’s Home Inspectors.

The ministry has developed a Consultation Paper and an Industry Survey for home inspectors to support the development of regulations and implementation of the HIA.

The Consultation Paper topics include: 

  • The definition of a home inspection and consulting on the term “readily accessible”.
  • Which professions or occupations should be exempted from the application of the HIA and what activities should be excluded from home inspector licensing and requirements of the HIA?
  • What are the core items to be included in a standard home inspection and written report?
  • What should be included in a home inspection contract?
  • What qualifications should be met by home inspectors in order to obtain a licence under the HIA?
  • What qualifications should existing home inspectors be expected to meet to transition to licensing?
  • How much and what sort of insurance should home inspectors be required to hold, if any?
  • What should be included or excluded in a code of ethics for licensees?
  • What types of disclosures should be made to clients? 
  • What should be considered when developing an administrative authority for the regulation of the home inspection industry?

The Industry Survey topics include:

Home inspector locations, work status and number of years working as a home inspector;

  • Type of business or employment;
  • Number of home inspections, type and other services provided;
  • Referrals;
  • Education; and,
  • Insurance.

There is also a link to an evaluation reply for both the consultation paper and industry survey which you can find here

For those who have not read the Home Inspection Act, 2017 or the Recommendations Paper from 2013, you can follow the links below:

Time is running out for you to make the effort to affect the regulations.   The clock is ticking.