"When you are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home for you and your family, you want to know you’ve made a sound decision guided by a qualified and reliable home inspector. Today’s announcement is one of several we plan this fall to give Ontario consumers stronger rights and more choices." said Margarett Best Minister of Consumer Services this morning in Toronto.
Ontario is taking steps to help home buyers make informed choices and protect their investment when buying a home.
This fall, as part of a broader consumer protection initiative, the province will consult with home inspector associations, consumers, representatives from the real estate sector and other industry stakeholders on mandatory minimum qualifications for home inspectors.
Currently, anyone can offer home inspection services in Ontario, but only registered members of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors can call themselves a registered home inspector. The province will work with industry partners to explore minimum qualifications that would aim to:
Increase transparency of the profession
Ensure a minimum standard of training
Improve consistency in home inspections
Enhance consumer protection.
"Raising the standards for home inspectors will help all home buyers as well as those selling their houses by creating a more level playing field where greater transparency helps inform one of the most important purchases of an individual's life." Sault MPP David Orazietti said.
"This has been a long time coming. BC and Alberta are already on it. Now it’s Ontario’s turn. And I want to see the rest of Canada get behind this and push for higher standards. Homeowners should get what they pay for – a home inspection that protects their investment." TV host, – Mike Holmes of "Holmes on Homes" added.
The cost of a home inspection in Ontario ranges from $350 to $600.
An inspection will typically report on the condition of the roof, structure, foundation, drainage, heating, cooling, plumbing, insulation, walls, doors and electrical system.
The province has already started to support improvements in the home inspection sector by investing in a two-year Home Inspection Technician (Co-op) diploma program at Sault College, which is the first of its kind in Ontario. The program is presently teaching students about residential home construction so that they can assist home builders and conduct home inspections. The Home Inspection Technician program includes a combination of classroom, laboratory and workshop learning so that students are highly qualified to enter the home inspection field. The program also includes a co-op work placement to ensure graduates have work experience to compliment their academic studies.
“Sault College has been anticipating the regulation of the home inspection industry and that is why we created the province’s first two-year diploma in home inspection in cooperation with the Mike Holmes group,” said Ron Common, President of Sault College. “We applaud the government for this much needed initiative and welcome the government’s consultation plan.”
“Our government is supporting programs that provide students with knowledge and skills that help them gain employment after graduating and Sault College’s Home Inspection program is already attracting students from across Ontario to our community,” said Orazietti. “As a result of the province’s targeted investments in education Sault College is well positioned to expand and provide more opportunities for its students as well as help the housing industry implement the regulations that will result from today’s announcement."
Protecting Ontario consumers is part of the province’s commitment to educate and protect Ontario families by ensuring a fair and safe marketplace.
In 2007, David Orazietti, MPP introduced Bill 11, “Protecting Children and Youth from Second-Hand Smoke in Automobiles Act,” The Bill was adopted by the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport and amended the Smoke Free Ontario Act in 2009.
In 2008, Orazietti introduced Bill 59, the “Apology Act,” which enables individuals and organizations, such as hospitals and other public institutions, to apologize for an accident or wrongdoing, without it being used as evidence of liability in a civil legal proceeding under provincial law. The Bill was adopted by the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as the Apology Act in 2009.
In 2010, Orazietti introduced Bill 56, the “Breast Cancer Screening Act,” which proposed increased access to breast cancer screening. Bill 56 passed Second Reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. In the 2011 Ontario Budget the province announced the largest investment and expansion to the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) in more than 20 years and included reducing the age of entry to the OBSP.
In 2011, Orazietti introduced the “Wireless Phone, Smart Phone and Data Service Transparency Act,” calling for greater protection and transparency for users of cell phones. Measures included in the legislation have been incorporated into the government’s recently introduced “Wireless Services Agreement Act, 2012.”
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October 1st, 2012 at 10:54am | Last Updated at 12:16pm