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Home Inspection in Ontario is not yet regulated.  Licensing legislation was passed in Ontario in 2017, but the administrative authority to enforce the law has not yet been established.  Currently, only British Columbia and Alberta license home inspectors in Canada.  As a result, consumers in Ontario have little guidance to know whether their chosen home inspector is qualified, competent and behaving ethically.  Do they even carry insurance? Bit of a wild west situation. (Wild East situation, since the west is leading the industry in licensing!)

Thankfully, licensing is coming to Ontario. 

As well, CSA, the Canadian Standards Association, has published (March 2016) a Canadian Home Inspection Standard.  My national organization, PHPIC, the Professional Home and Property Inspectors of Canada is actively involved in both these initiatives.

What can you do in the meantime, to ensure your inspector is competent and ethical?

  1. Make sure your home inspector carries business liability insurance, and errors & omissions insurance.  The high cost of this insurance drives  a strong focus on quality, and comprehensive, unbiased work. As well, it provides the consumer with options if an inspection is done poorly.
  2. Hire a home inspector who inspects full time and does nothing else. No contracting on the side, no business relationships with realtors or contractors.  This avoids many opportunities for conflicts of interest, or apparent conflicts that can hurt the client.
  3. ​Hire an inspector who is a paying member of a national home inspection organization, which are working to drive professionalism in the industry. PHPIC is the leading national home inspection organization, the only one with 3rd-party appraisal of inspectors' abilities.
  4. Hire an inspector who a is registered supplier to Brookfield Global Relocation Services, for federal civil service employees, RCMP, and Canadian Armed Forces members.
  5. Hire an inspector who is friendly, knowledgable, and conscientious!