I am planning a joint OntarioACHI/InterNACHI meeting with representatives of the WSIB to try to identify if there is a good reason for de-registering Home Inspections from the recent mandatory WSIB regulations. The regulations require mandatory coverage for the Construction Industry, and because no-one noticed prior to this regulation that Home Inspectors were aligned with the electrical trade, we have been grandfathered into the regulation too.
While it is eminently sensible the Commercial inspections should be included in the WSIB coverage, we feel that imposing regulation on Home Inspectors who are working for the private individual who is trying to purchase an investment property is little more than a money grab.
The requirements that BOTH the Home Inspectors AND their clients obtain clearance certificates for an inspection on a property that is owned by a third party is not only wrong, but put too many barriers in the way of the client and their future investment options.
The problems is that the WSIB comes under the Ministry of Labour, while Home Inspection regulation comes under the Ministry of Consumer Services, and therefore both departments are washing their hands of the problems, and leaving ti essential to the DAA.
The WSIB will come out an meet with any large group independently, which is why I feel that having a Home Inspection specific meeting with them may be more beneficial than going to one of the WSIB general construction meetings.
The first meeting I am attempting to get with them will be in the Golden Horseshoe (Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville) area.
If anyone is interested in attending, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is primarily open to InterNACHI and OntarioACHI members but we will not turn away anyone who is a member of another association or not affiliated.
I need to have an idea of numbers of people who are interested so I can book the venue, and get confirmation from the WSIB that the meeting is on.