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The home inspector qualifications expert panel met on Thursday September 19, 2013. This was the panel’s third meeting, and it was facilitated by SEG Management Consultants.
The focus of the meeting was on potential home inspector governance and regulatory structures. The panel reviewed and discussed:
- regulation/licensing of home inspectors
- regulatory functions that are often performed in a regulatory context
- approach to regulation/licensing in Ontario
The panel had an in depth discussion to assess the need for regulation/licensing of home inspectors in Ontario. The panel will continue to discuss governance matters at future meetings.
At a previous meeting, the panel requested the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group attend a meeting to present an overview of the association’s development of a new Standard; CSA A770 Home Inspection. This is a standard related to requirements for the physical inspection of residential homes. CSA is developing this standard using an accredited process that utilizes a committee of volunteer members that includes consumers, home inspectors, regulatory authorities and other general interests groups such as insurance and real estate. The project manager presented an overview of the project at the September 19th meeting, and the panel was very receptive and interested that Ontario engages and monitors the development of this standard. For information on the CSA Group development project, please contact
Dwayne Torrey, Project Manager, CSA Group
(416) 747 2746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3. This meeting will explore consumer protection issues for those that purchase home inspection services and associated regulatory issues.
The panel’s findings and recommendations report will be made available for public and industry comment in late fall. The report and feedback will guide the government as it considers qualifications for home inspectors.
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*David Brezer, Director *
Consumer Policy & Liaison Branch, Ministry of Consumer Services