Provincial Regulation for Home Inspectors

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Ontario
British Columbia
Alberta

Ontario Licensing (Pending)

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

Bill 59, The Putting Consumers First Act

Bill 59 received Royal Assent on April 13, 2017.

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

British Columbia

 BC’s Home Inspection Laws Are Changing

In March 2016, the BC government announced changes to the province’s Home Inspector Licensing Regulation. These changes will come into effect on September 1, 2016. There are some new rules for home inspectors to follow including new contract requirements and inspection report requirements. There are also some new processes for anyone wanting to become a licensed home inspector. To read more about the new requirements, please visit the Consumer Protection BC website at www.homeinspectionrightsbc.ca.

Know Who You are Hiring: Inspecting a Home Inspector
Ensure the home inspector is licensed in BC. If you are meeting with the home inspector in person, ask to see his/her license issued by Consumer Protection BC. If you are speaking with a home inspector over the phone, you can ensure that they are licensed through the Consumer Protection BC online licensee search.

September 2016 Changes to BC’s home inspector law comes into effect today

April 2016 Information Bulletin: New Requirements for BC Home Inspectors

March 2016 Letter to Home Inspectors - Rich Coleman, Minister and Deputy Premier

Help for Consumers
Help for Home Inspectors
More information is available from Consumer Protection BC - Home Inspector Portal

Steps to becoming a home inspector in BC effective September 1, 2016 - Flow Chart

 

Alberta

All home inspectors and home inspection businesses in Alberta must have a license and show it to consumers when asked.

Service Alberta: Consumer Tips Hiring a Home Inspector

Service Alberta: Home Inspection Business License

Service Alberta:  Find out if a Home Inspector is Licensed

More information is available from Service Alberta

Expand your business and open up a new market for yourself!

New homes are different. They need a different inspection!

Become a new home expert and increase your revenue!
60,000 new homes built in Ontario every year.
Work with buyers and home builders.

The 16 hour online program prepares you to perform inspections of new homes. You'll learn how to take great care of your clients while working with home builders and Tarion. The program is fun and easy, and you can start any time. Work at home at your own speed - no travel no expenses.

The training is based on the revised PDI Protocol and is available on-line for Ontario inspectors.

The program focuses on performing inspections of new homes either at or after the Pre-Delivery Inspection phase. Emphasis is placed on understanding the process and working with home builders, the Tarion Warranty Program, municipalities and most importantly - homeowners, to provide value in a consistent and professional manner.

The course is now available through a self-paced online delivery format. Participants will take a timed online examination on completion of the program. Results will be available immediately after finishing the exam. Upon successful completion of the program, which includes passing the exam, participants will receive a "Letter of Completion" leading to the credential - CAHPI New Construction Inspector (NCI) a NCI certificate is issued after successful completion of the Report Review process.

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We are offering a $500 special pricing for a limited time. Earn back the entire course fee in your first inspection! The regular pricing is $665.

Horizon Report Writing Module for New Construction
There is a Horizon database for Tarion New Construction Inspections. To order or learn more, call 800-268-7070 ext 243.

Benefits

There are many benefits to earning the New Construction Inspection designation...

  • More business... there are tens of thousands of new homes built every year
  • More satisfied customers
  • Better relationships with builders
  • Better relationship with warranty companies
  • Better relationships with municipalities

The Board of Directors strives every year to continuously build a professional association and create meaningful value that leads to a sustainable organization. The home inspection industry is changing, CAHPI is monitoring and responding strategically to meet the association’s key objectives. The association has many valuable assets and benefits, some tangible and some not. As a member, you’ll be recognized as belonging to a respected professional association.

CAHPI BRANDING

  • Canada’s Voice Of The Home Inspection Industry – CAHPI is a professional National association with recognized standards.
  • Registered Home Inspector (RHI)® Designation - Home Inspectors meeting CAHPI membership criteria earn this valued and recognized RHI designation.
  • Highest Industry Membership Qualification - includes respected training institutions providing high quality educational programs; written examination; field training and mentorship; peer-evaluation and field testing. Because CAHPI members meet these high qualification they are the primary source of competent home inspectors across Canada.
  • Media – CAHPI is seen as the industry leader that the media seeks out when reporting home inspection news.

ADVOCACY
Government Relations – CAHPI collaborates with government through participation on expert panels and technical advisory committees. As a National association our connection with stakeholders gives CAHPI a unique ability to add value, provide our insight and expertise to Provincial and Federal Governments.

Industry Stakeholders – CAHPI continues to build a network of industry stakeholders; real estate, appraisers, insurance, mortgage professionals, standard development, franchises and home builders. This is evidenced by the signing of two memorandum of understandings with Canada Green Building Council and Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

New Business Services – CAHPI advocates on behalf of the members with stakeholders to develop new opportunities to provide new services in new markets.

Consumer Protection – CAHPI maintains a bilingual website providing Canadian homebuyers with the resources they need to feel confident when looking to hire a professional home inspector.

COMMUNICATIONS
Canadian Home Inspector Magazine - offers technical and marketing articles and so much more to keep the membership educated and also to provide the tools needed to operate a successful home inspection business.

The CAHPI Inspector - published bi-weekly, this newsbrief keeps the membership informed of association news, industry news and relevent top news stories from across Canada.

Annual Report – keeps the membership up-to-date on the Association’s activities and goals.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Enhance Your Network - meet with fellow inspectors at regional meetings and conferences; participate in online forums; find a mentor - being part of the association gives you support where you can assist each other in reaching your professional goals.
  • Find An Inspector - cahpi.ca website link, generates revenue and has potential of repeat business which will grow your client base, not to mention only one referral covers the annual membership fee!
  • Annual National Conference - offering opportunities for members to gain education, comradery and networking with like-minded inspectors, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors of home inspection products/services.
  • National Affiliate Product & Service Directory – provides CAHPI members with a ‘one-stop’ directory of home inspection products and services for operating a successful home inspection business.
  • Members’ On-line Technical Library – learning and reference portal available to members.
  • Be a Volunteer - participate on one of many committees or the board of directors - the rewards far outway the time and you know you will be making a difference.

The Board of Directors strives every year to continuously build a professional association and create meaningful value that leads to a sustainable organization. The home inspection industry is changing, CAHPI is monitoring and responding strategically to meet the association’s key objectives. The association has many valuable assets and benefits, some tangible and some not. As a member, you’ll be recognized as belonging to a respected professional association.

CAHPI BRANDING

  • Canada’s Voice Of The Home Inspection Industry – CAHPI is a professional National association with recognized standards.
  • Registered Home Inspector (RHI)® Designation - Home Inspectors meeting CAHPI membership criteria earn this valued and recognized RHI designation.
  • Highest Industry Membership Qualification - includes respected training institutions providing high quality educational programs; written examination; field training and mentorship; peer-evaluation and field testing. Because CAHPI members meet these high qualification they are the primary source of competent home inspectors across Canada.
  • Media – CAHPI is seen as the industry leader that the media seeks out when reporting home inspection news.

ADVOCACY
Government Relations – CAHPI collaborates with government through participation on expert panels and technical advisory committees. As a National association our connection with stakeholders gives CAHPI a unique ability to add value, provide our insight and expertise to Provincial and Federal Governments.

Industry Stakeholders – CAHPI continues to build a network of industry stakeholders; real estate, appraisers, insurance, mortgage professionals, standard development, franchises and home builders. This is evidenced by the signing of two memorandum of understandings with Canada Green Building Council and Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

New Business Services – CAHPI advocates on behalf of the members with stakeholders to develop new opportunities to provide new services in new markets.

Consumer Protection – CAHPI maintains a bilingual website providing Canadian homebuyers with the resources they need to feel confident when looking to hire a professional home inspector.

COMMUNICATIONS
Canadian Home Inspector Magazine - offers technical and marketing articles and so much more to keep the membership educated and also to provide the tools needed to operate a successful home inspection business.

The CAHPI Inspector - published bi-weekly, this newsbrief keeps the membership informed of association news, industry news and relevent top news stories from across Canada.

Annual Report – keeps the membership up-to-date on the Association’s activities and goals.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Enhance Your Network - meet with fellow inspectors at regional meetings and conferences; participate in online forums; find a mentor - being part of the association gives you support where you can assist each other in reaching your professional goals.
  • Find An Inspector - cahpi.ca website link, generates revenue and has potential of repeat business which will grow your client base, not to mention only one referral covers the annual membership fee!
  • Annual National Conference - offering opportunities for members to gain education, comradery and networking with like-minded inspectors, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors of home inspection products/services.
  • National Affiliate Product & Service Directory – provides CAHPI members with a ‘one-stop’ directory of home inspection products and services for operating a successful home inspection business.
  • Members’ On-line Technical Library – learning and reference portal available to members.
  • Be a Volunteer - participate on one of many committees or the board of directors - the rewards far outway the time and you know you will be making a difference.

The Board of Directors strives every year to continuously build a professional association and create meaningful value that leads to a sustainable organization. The home inspection industry is changing, CAHPI is monitoring and responding strategically to meet the association’s key objectives. The association has many valuable assets and benefits, some tangible and some not. As a member, you’ll be recognized as belonging to a respected professional association.

CAHPI BRANDING

  • Canada’s Voice Of The Home Inspection Industry – CAHPI is a professional National association with recognized standards.
  • Registered Home Inspector (RHI)® Designation - Home Inspectors meeting CAHPI membership criteria earn this valued and recognized RHI designation.
  • Highest Industry Membership Qualification - includes respected training institutions providing high quality educational programs; written examination; field training and mentorship; peer-evaluation and field testing. Because CAHPI members meet these high qualification they are the primary source of competent home inspectors across Canada.
  • Media – CAHPI is seen as the industry leader that the media seeks out when reporting home inspection news.

ADVOCACY
Government Relations – CAHPI collaborates with government through participation on expert panels and technical advisory committees. As a National association our connection with stakeholders gives CAHPI a unique ability to add value, provide our insight and expertise to Provincial and Federal Governments.

Industry Stakeholders – CAHPI continues to build a network of industry stakeholders; real estate, appraisers, insurance, mortgage professionals, standard development, franchises and home builders. This is evidenced by the signing of two memorandum of understandings with Canada Green Building Council and Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists.

New Business Services – CAHPI advocates on behalf of the members with stakeholders to develop new opportunities to provide new services in new markets.

Consumer Protection – CAHPI maintains a bilingual website providing Canadian homebuyers with the resources they need to feel confident when looking to hire a professional home inspector.

COMMUNICATIONS
Canadian Home Inspector Magazine - offers technical and marketing articles and so much more to keep the membership educated and also to provide the tools needed to operate a successful home inspection business.

The CAHPI Inspector - published bi-weekly, this newsbrief keeps the membership informed of association news, industry news and relevent top news stories from across Canada.

Annual Report – keeps the membership up-to-date on the Association’s activities and goals.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Enhance Your Network - meet with fellow inspectors at regional meetings and conferences; participate in online forums; find a mentor - being part of the association gives you support where you can assist each other in reaching your professional goals.
  • Find An Inspector - cahpi.ca website link, generates revenue and has potential of repeat business which will grow your client base, not to mention only one referral covers the annual membership fee!
  • Annual National Conference - offering opportunities for members to gain education, comradery and networking with like-minded inspectors, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors of home inspection products/services.
  • National Affiliate Product & Service Directory – provides CAHPI members with a ‘one-stop’ directory of home inspection products and services for operating a successful home inspection business.
  • Members’ On-line Technical Library – learning and reference portal available to members.
  • Be a Volunteer - participate on one of many committees or the board of directors - the rewards far outway the time and you know you will be making a difference.

About CAHPI

The Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI) is a National non-profit organization. CAHPI is Canada’s voice of the home inspection industry.

CAHPI members are committeed to providing Canadians with the highest level of consumer protection. The purchase of a home is the single largest investment most of us will make. This process requires the expert assistance of an experienced and qualified registered home inspector. You can be assured when you hire a member of CAHPI to inspect your home, you are hiring a professional with proven ability, experience and impartiality.

CAHPI membership qualifications include passing the National exam, completion of mentoring with peer evaluation and continuing education. Members from across Canada are recognized professionals earning the highest industry designations: National Certificate Holder and Registered Home Inspector. Additionally, members are inspecting to the CSA-A770 Home Inspection Standard and are adhering to the CAHPI Code of Ethics.

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