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Ontario - Home Inspector Qualifications Project

The Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services invited Doug Kendall, Chair of PHPIC, to be a member of the panel studying minimum qualifications for home inspectors. The panel report was released on Dec. 11, 2013 and consumer feedback is currently being reviewed.

The final report makes 35 recommendations, including: regulating the home inspector profession, introducing uniform qualifications, standards of practice and code of ethics to be followed by all home inspectors. All recommendations are focused on increasing the integrity of Ontario's home inspector profession and strengthening consumer protection for home buyers who purchase home inspection services.

Click here to view the full report.

An Update:


An email to Panel Members, dated May 9, 2014:


As you are no doubt aware, the Premier announced last Friday that Ontario's 2014 general election will take place on Thursday, June 12th. As we enter  the writ period, I am writing to advise you of how we intend to proceed with the home inspector work you have been so involved in. 


What is known as the "caretaker period" commenced with the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly on Friday, May 2nd. This period will continue to the swearing-in of a returning or new government. It is a well-established tradition that the government addresses only very routine or urgent issues during this time.  The caretaker period requires that there be no new policy or program initiatives, and restricts ongoing work, consultations, announcements and events.


Consequently, the Ministry of Consumer Services will suspend any further consultation/discussion on the home inspectors project until the new government is sworn in and we have had an opportunity to brief and receive direction on next steps.


Your  submissions and advice will continue to be valuable input into the ministry's advice to the next government, as will the public submissions on the home inspector panel report that was recently posted on the Regulatory Registry.  Any decision on next steps will be made by the next government.


Thank you again for all your efforts and interest in this initiative.


- - - David

David Brezer, MBA, P.Eng

Director, Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch

T: 416-326-8868    M: 416-220-4934

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