Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario to Introduce Bill That Would Regulate Home Inspectors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario to Introduce Bill That Would Regulate Home Inspectors

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Ontario looks to regulate home inspectors

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TORONTO - Home inspectors in Ontario could soon be regulated under legislation the Liberal government intends to introduce this fall.

Consumer Services Minister Marie-France Lalonde announced Wednesday that the bill would require home inspectors to be licensed, set minimum standards for contracts and home inspection reports, and establish a body to administer and enforce the licensing and regulations.

"We all know that buying a home is the largest investment that many of us, many consumers, will make in their lifetime," she said. "Consumers often rely on a home inspection report in order to make informed decisions when buying or selling a home."

The government estimates that in Ontario there are 1,500 home inspectors -- one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction to not be provincially regulated. …

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