What to know when buying a home - Ministry of Consumer Services - Consumer Protection Ontario

Bill 59, The Putting Consumers First Act

Minister Lalonde introduced Bill 59, the Putting Consumers First Act in the Legislative Assembly on November 3, 2016. If passed, the Bill would establish the Home Inspection Act, 2016. Once proclaimed, this Act would regulate the home inspection industry and establish mandatory licensing for home inspection providers and home inspectors. You can view the Bill and check its status on the Legislative Assembly’s webpage.

Bill 59 has been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. The committee process allows the Legislative Assembly to gain input from stakeholders through public hearings. Stakeholders will be able to speak to the proposed legislation or provide written submissions.
Feb 21/17 Committee Transcript
Feb 27/17 Committee Transcript
Feb 28/17 Committee Transcript

Our government values your feedback and will continue to work with stakeholders and industry on this important initiative.

We appreciate your continued support as we work to build a fair, safe and informed marketplace.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Policy and Governance Branch | Policy, Planning and Oversight Division
56 Wellesley Street West, 6th Floor Toronto, ON M7A 1C1

 

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 consulted on a panel's findings and recommendations to introduce mandatory qualifications for home inspectors.

More information is available from Ontario Government Ministry of Consumer Services

In the News
pdf Ontario to License Home Inspectors (364 KB)
News Release:  Ministry of Government and Consumer Services l August 17, 2016

pdf Ontario aims for home inspection industry regulation (188 KB)
Mortgage Brokers News l April 7, 2016

pdf Regulating Ontario's home inspectors is taking too long (402 KB)
Toronto Star l April 23, 2016