Who really wants Licensing!


Licensed home inspectors make perfect sense
British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to license home inspectors in order to protect buyers by ensuring qualified inspections. The B.C. model could well serve as a template for similar legislation in Ontario

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British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to license home inspectors in order to protect buyers by ensuring qualified inspections. The B.C. model could well serve as a template for similar legislation in Ontario.
In announcing the move last week, B.C. Solicitor General John van Dongen said, “A home is the single biggest investment most British Columbians make but financial risk can be the result of an incorrect or misleading report from an unqualified inspector. Whether they’re buying their first condo or starter home, dream or retirement home, consumers need to have confidence that the person who is doing the inspection has the qualifications to make a professional assessment.”
To date, home inspector training has been voluntary across Canada. As a result, homebuyers may not know whether a home inspector is qualified and trained to complete an inspection properly.
Following stakeholder consultations, B.C. opted for licensing under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA). The model adopted by the government is intended to minimize paperwork and costs in order to maximize compliance.
At the end of next month, the BPCPA will help protect the province’s consumers by:

  • assessing the qualifications of, and requiring mandatory licences for, home inspectors
  • receiving and responding to complaints from consumers, and
  • monitoring compliance, with penalties that can range as high as $5,000.
    To become licensed, home inspectors will need to meet the qualifications of one of three professional associations of B.C. home inspectors. A criminal record check will be required, as will mandatory insurance.
    John Winters, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, is quoted in a provincial announcement as saying, “While most inspectors are dedicated professionals, under the current system they may have little or no qualification, which can create problems for legitimate real estate transactions. Requiring inspectors to be licensed provides sellers and buyers with confidence that all inspections will be carried out by a qualified professional.”
    In Ontario, a private member’s bill approved in December 1994, established the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). As a non-profit corporation, OAHI is dedicated to enhancing the technical skills and professional practice of home inspectors, and maintaining high professional standards through education and discipline.
    Members are entitled to use the designation R.H.I., for registered home inspector.
    Unfortunately, membership is not compulsory and virtually anyone who takes an online course can set up shop as a home inspector. The industry calls these players “cowboys.”
    Terry Carson was one of the five founding directors of OAHI. He told me earlier this week that** licensing was one of the long-term objectives of the group, “an extension of our self-regulation.”**
    “The current system works quite well,” he added, “but the cowboys are always going to be a problem.”
    Bill Mullen is past president of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors. He told me that he is “quite pleased” with the B.C. move, and that his group is in favour of mandatory licensing as long as it establishes a high enough standard.
    Alberta and Quebec are expected to implement licensing in the near future. I don’t know whether the Ontario government has an appetite for creating a self-governing regime of licensed home inspectors, but it seems to me that it is badly needed in this province, and that the OAHI would be the perfect body to take over the job.
    Regulating Ontario home inspectors could be implemented in much the same way as the province recently legislated the regulation of paralegals by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
    The government could follow the B.C. example and let OAHI, or a government body similar to the BPCPA, set up a regulatory framework involving training, testing, licensing, regulation and insurance.
    Ontario’s homebuyers are entitled to the same protection as their counterparts in B.C.
    Bob Aaron is a Toronto real estate lawyer and board member of the Tarion Warranty Corp. Email: bob@aaron.ca. Visit his website at aaron.ca.

Kevin, look at the date of the publication. This is 4 years old crap.

Yuri would you please show us a up to date report where OAHI/CAHPI/PHPIC has made any improvement on this post of Kevin’s ??? .

I am sure we all eagerly await your next post… Thanks Roy Cooke

I know what the date is but Like Roy already said. Where is the change?
The bus on the wheels go round and round, round and round, round and round.
I am waiting for many apologies but that goes round and round too!

Ontario Home Inspectors need to stand together


Independent bus operators have won another victory in court.
In front of a packed Toronto courtroom Friday, a Superior Court judge agreed with the owners of three small bus companies who alleged they were deliberately excluded from the provincial government’s procurement process for bus routes.
Bus operators across the province have been fighting the provincial government’s request for proposal process. They say the process is putting them out of business by opening the door to large multi-national transportation firms that have the financial clout to underbid small operators.
It’s the fifth time a superior court judge has ruled in favour of small business owners. Similar cases have been heard in Belleville, London, Kingston and Smiths Falls.
During an October 2012 court hearing in Belleville, Justice Robert Scott signed an order that quashed a brewing legal battle between operators and a trio of area school boards. Tri-Board Student Transportation Services withdrew its unpopular tender process amid the court hearing, apparently bowing to legal pressure from operators to block the Oct. 31 deadline.
A local bus operator described Friday’s court decision as a game changer
“It’s a huge win for us. There’s light at the end of the tunnel,” said Rollie Montgomery, owner of Montgomery School Transit in Quinte West. “This is about preserving family-owned businesses. The government should know by now that we aren’t going away.”
More than 60 bus line operators were in court, including a large contingent from the Quinte region.
Montgomery said the proceedings had to be moved to a larger court room.
In a surprise move, Justice Alfred O’Marra handed down his decision after a brief adjournment.
“It was obvious that he had it prepared,” said Montgomery.
Montgomery, a director on the Independent School Bus Operators Association, said business owners have now spent well over $1 million fighting the government.
“It’s clear this is now a political issue and that MPPs have not been told the truth. Bureaucrats have been misrepresenting the facts to MPPs” said Montgomery. “The government has to act. We shouldn’t have to keep going before the courts.”
Montgomery said the issue has been so divisive, that it might have partially contributed to former MPP Lou Rinaldi losing his seat in the 2011 provincial election.
Rinaldi is now working for the provincial Liberals. He’s also the party’s candidate in Northumberland-Quinte West.
“I’ve been advocating a solution, both inside and outside of government,” said Rinaldi.
While Rinaldi wouldn’t say if the current RFP process should be scrapped, he suggested the issue is high on the government’s radar screen.
“I won’t be surprised if their is a resolution to the issue,” he said.
In the latest court ruling, Justice O’Marra dismissed the Crown’s argument that the government is shielded by the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act (2010).
“It is not plain and obvious that the defendant enjoys immunity because its action were core policy decision based on social, economic and political considerations,” wrote O’Marra in the decision. “This is a circumstance that requires a full factual record to be before the Court in order to distinguish between true policy and the execution or operation of the policy.”
Lawyers for Epoch’s Garage Ltd, Cook School Bus Lines and Doug Akitt Bus Lines, argued their clients’ livelihood were destroyed by two RFPs designed and “imposed by the Ministry of Education.”
The plaintiffs filed their motion against the Upper Grand School board, the Wellington Catholic district School Board, the Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Service and the provincial government.
The companies also claimed they were deliberately excluded from “evaluation criterion that were designed and recommended by the ministry’s consultants and the Auditor General to ensure fairness for small, vulnerable operators and in so doing unlawfully discriminated in favour of large companies.”
“The RFPs were designed to wrongfully remove, and did remove, small rural operators from the market in favour of large multi-national and regional operators. The Ministry’s design and implementation of a particular RFP on a unique local market for a particular set of routes is not a core policy decision,” states the claim.
With files from QMI Agency
ernst.kuglin@sunmedia.ca

I don’t read Roy’s posts. I don’t know what he says (I can only guess that its same old, same old…). I just don’t see any sense in your post of the info that is 4 years old. Don’t you have anything better to do?

Very good article Roy! Keep them coming because I have nothing better to do then read your posts. LOL
I wish I had a more better data to present on this MB than this 4 year old one still on the internet.

Like that’s going to happen given the negative debasement of other societies and their executives and members evidenced herein.

I thought I pull this up in view of the imminent change in the Home Inspection Industry in Ontario.
http://www.nachi.org/forum/f48/get-prepared-now-youll-need-ontario-home-inspection-license-nose-and-two-ears-75517/ LOL