The official announcement was made by the Ministry of Consumer services with a request that the panel members circulate it to their respective contingents. (10:25 this morning)
It is as follows:
On December 11, 2013, the home inspector panel submitted their final report titled, “A Closer Look: Qualifying Ontario’s Home Inspectors” to the Minister of Consumer Services.
This report represents the consensus of a 16-member volunteer panel of home inspectors, consumers and representatives from real estate, law, education and insurance across Ontario.
The consensus-building process included eight panel meetings over four months; each meeting was facilitated by SEG Management Consultants. The panel meetings followed a process of focusing on a key theme related to home inspector qualifications and reviewing and confirming consensus points. The key themes assessed were:
*consumer protection and professional needs for regulating home inspectors
*technical knowledge needs and a review of the various standards of practice in Ontario
*professional entry to practice requirements and competency needs
*consumer protection and education needs
*governance and oversight needs for the home inspector profession
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.
I would like to thank the panel for their commitment to the process and providing this public service. I would also like to thank SEG Management Consultants for their professionalism and support to the panel.
The panel’s report is now posted on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry for public review and feedback. Here is the direct link to the posting and report: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=14645&language=en
The ministry will be collecting public feedback on the panel’s report until January 27, 2014.
David Brezer, Director
Consumer Policy & Liaison Branch, Ministry of Consumer Services