Proposal

A Closer Look: Report on Home Inspector Qualifications in Ontario

Ministry: Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Regulation Number(s): n/a
Bill or Act: n/a
Summary of Proposal: Summary of Proposal:

The ministry is seeking input on a proposal for legislation that would establish mandatory qualifications for home inspectors.

Currently anyone in Ontario can call themselves a home inspector. Many consumers depend on the opinions of their home inspector to make what is often the largest purchase decision of their lifetime.

In order to improve consumer protection in this important part of the home buying process, the Ministry of Consumer Services is consulting on a panel's findings and recommendations to introduce mandatory qualifications for home inspectors.

The panel was established by the Ministry of Consumer Services and met for four months to discuss issues, consider options, and make recommendations on qualifications of home inspectors.

The panel has made thirty-five recommendations in five areas:

- regulation of home inspectors
- technical standards for home inspectors
- professional home inspector qualifications
- consumer protection requirements
- regulatory governance for Ontario's home inspection industry

The Ministry of Consumer Services is now collecting public comments on the panel's recommendations. The panel's report with the recommendations is attached here and the ministry welcomes feedback and encourages anyone interested to provide comments.

The panel's report and any public feedback the ministry receives will guide the government as it considers whether to bring forward legislation to establish qualifications for home inspectors.
Further Information: Click to open  A Closer Look - Qualifying Ontario's Home Inspectors    (Download Adobe Reader)
Click to open  Public Consultation Feedback Form
Proposal Number: 13-MCS013
Posting Date: December 13, 2013
Comments Due Date: January 27, 2014
Contact Address: Ministry of Consumer Services
Policy Branch
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Attention: Ben Valido, Project Manager