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Home Inspection in Ontario is still largely unregulated. Licensing legislation was introduced in parliament in February, but has yet to come into law. 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, regulation and licensing is coming. The provincial government has received a multidisciplinary task force report outlining the current issues, and a path forward towards licensing in Ontario. This report can be found here. Legislation to license home inspectors in Ontario is currently in committee stage following 2nd reading, and can be found here;
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?