With the passage through second reading, and referral to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Bill 59 – Putting Consumers First Act takes another step forward to becoming law. The Home Inspection Act is a major part of this Bill, and the passage of the Omnibus Bill will also bring into force, at some time yet to be determined, regulations to license Home Inspectors in Ontario.
OntarioACHI will continue to work with the Government teams to assist in the development of the regulations which will include a new Code of Ethics and define what is likely to be a different Standard of Practice, that may include portions or all of CSA-A770.
We will also be working, in conjunction with the Government and other stakeholders to ensure that the regulations are not able to be circumvented in a way that limits the protections intended for the consumer. It is our utmost focus that our Profession finally be shown to provide the needed support for the consumers that we know our CCHI Certified Members already do.
The Home Inspection Act is just the first step in removing the physical risks associated home ownership. We have much work to do to ensure Home Owners are also protected from unseen risks in the Home that could equally be detected as part of a Home Inspection. We are already working with other major stakeholders in these fields. The outcome of these development will ensure that a Professional Home Inspector, with the CCHI designation will be able to perform not just the services the Profession is recognised for at present, but also other ancillary services that provide consumer protection against health risks and some of the ongoing financial risks associated with home ownership.
This is not going to be a fast process, but your board of directors and committee volunteers believe that with your ongoing support and assistance we will be able to make you proud of your decision to become a Professional Home Inspector and generate the trust of the public, the media, the government and other professions that has been so elusive to date.