Minister of Consumer Services Margaret Best. (KEVIN CONNOR/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Ontario home inspectors will now have to have minimum qualifications to work in the trade starting this fall.
Currently, anyone can offer home inspections services in Ontario, but only members of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors are registered home inspectors.
The province will now work with the home inspection industry to establish minimum qualifications that would increase transparency, establish a minimum level of training, improve consistency in home inspections and enhance consumer protection.
Further education will protect Ontario families with a safe marketplace, said Margaret Best, Minister of Consumer Services.
"When you are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home for you and your family, you want to know you've made a sound decision guided by a qualified and reliable home inspector," Best said on Monday.
"Today's announcement is one of several we plan this fall to give Ontario consumers stronger rights and more choices."
A home inspection reports on thew condition of the house's roof, foundation, structure, drainage, plumbing, doors, electrical system and heating and cooling.