To answer Ray Wands initial statement, first and foremost the Ministry of Consumer services are well aware of ALL the public statements that are being made by ALL the Home Inspector Associations.
To the Second point, we at OntarioACHI, and many in InterNACHI believe Licensing WILL happen, this can be seen by the announcements made by those organisations.
Less than 30% return of respondents has been the case for all other surveys to Professions in the past. I believe you’ll find this latest one is no different. Apathy does not make policy.
And as for not informing the Associations that represent the Home Inspectors, the MCS has made public it’s intentions, and the proceedings released so far to all who are interested. This includes (in alphabetical order) ASHI, CAHPI, CanNACHI, InterNACHI, NHICC, OAHI and OntariACHI. If you are a member of one of these other associations and you have not been informed of their position on the situation, then I suggest you take it up with them, both InterNACHI and OntarioACHI have decided to show that they believe Licensing is coming.
As for “All existing Home Inspectors” being Grandfathered (or transferred) into a License, the whole point of the exercise is to tighten up controls in the profession.
If the Ministry sees that there is a problem with the calibre of Inspectors, to think they are going to give, carte-blanche, licenses to the very people who are seen to be part of the problem is naive.
To make a statement to that effect misleads those poorly trained and unprofessional inspectors, who are causing many of the problems in the public’s eye, that they will still have work after licensing, is detrimental to those of us in the profession who are trying to raise the bar.
It was proved in both B.C. and Alberta in the Home Inspection profession that not all inspectors had sufficient skills or education or other mandatory requirements to obtain a license. There was a period of transition that allowed Inspectors to reach the requirements but some inspectors were lost.
Government is made up of elected “representatives” and the permanent civil-service. This process although initiated by the Elected is being managed by the civil-service along lines supported by the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP. If you think a change in elected government, which may or may not happen, is going to stop this process, then I believe you need to rethink.
Licensing is coming. Most Associations in the Home Inspection professions know it and are making decisions based upon it’s inevitability.
There are two ways to go, in my opinion. A Constructive way where you work toward helping the profession, or the non-constructive, divisive way where you deny anything will change and when change happens you bail,leaving everyone else in the mire and someone else to pick up the pieces.
InterNACHI and OntarioACHI together have opted for the former choice.