Regulation of Home Inspectors in Ontario

Update

Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone AffairsFollowing the announcement on August 17th, by the new Minister for Government and Consumer Services the Hon Marie-France Lalonde MPP, the Premier, the Hon Kathleen Wynne, published the Mandate letter to the Minister on 23rd September.

In it the Minister was tasked, in 2016, to introduce legislation on Home Inspector Qualifications to protect home-buyers from financial and safety risks.

We are in constant contact with staff at the Ministry, and are keeping a close watch on the proceedings in the Assembly to ensure any announcements made are passed on as soon as we can to members.

Next steps

Once the announcement has been made in the assembly, we believe that the original MCS/MGCS panel , plus others will be asked to be part of a stakeholders groups that will assist the Minister and her team in developing the regulations and how they will be managed.   We expect to be providing input into that process and encourage members to think about what things can be done to ensure the regulations do in fact provide financial and safety improvements for the home-Buyer and at the same time provide protection for the professionals in our industry.

have-your-say-2Comments can be sent to us at regulation@ontarioachi.ca where we will collate the comments, report back to our members and bring these forward at upcoming meetings with the Ministry.

We ask members to pose their comments in such a way as to provide a solution to the concerns they might have.  As with a Home Inspection providing recommendations to resolve the concern provides a much more palatable read that just telling someone there’s something one doesn’t agree with.