Category: Legal

Updates on the Home Inspection Act, 2017

OAHI ready to work with the Province on licensing home inspectors

OAHI Murray 0416 IMG_0372Updates on the Home Inspection Act, 2017 From the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

“As you know, Bill 59, the Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2017 received Royal Assent on April 13, 2017. It enacted a new statute called the Home Inspection Act, 2017. The HIA establishes a mandatory licensing regime for home inspection providers and home inspectors which would be administered by a new administrative authority (AA).

Please note that the HIA is not yet in force and would come into force on a date, or dates, set by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.

There are a number of key steps that would need to be taken before the mandatory licensing requirements could take effect. The ministry will need to develop regulations to set out the details to support the implementation of the HIA. We will be undergoing consultations to support the development of regulations in 2017.

The ministry is unable to confirm at this time when the HIA will be proclaimed into force or when draft regulations will be available to the public. However, our intent is to work as quickly as possible to develop regulations and implement this important legislation.

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We look forward to staying in touch with you throughout this process, and please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or comments.”


Passage of Bill 59 – Home Inspection Act, 2017

Ontario Association of Home Inspectors

Supports Passage of Bill 59 – Home Inspection Act, 2017

Mississauga, ON April 10, 2017 – Ensuring homebuyers are protected has always been a goal of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI).

“We support the passage of Bill 59, The Putting Consumers First Act, which includes the Home Inspection Act, 2017,” says Murray Parish, RHI, president of the OAHI, the largest association of home inspectors in Ontario.

OAHI has been representing home inspectors throughout the legislative process of Bill 59 to bring forth the concerns and interests of home inspectors and the consumers they serve.

OAHI will continue to promote the high level of education and professional standards as it has since 1994, as it waits for the Provincial government to establish ‘minimum’ standards for all Ontario home Inspectors with the new licensing.

“We reiterate that OAHI supports the establishment of common competency requirements for all home inspectors to operate in Ontario. Licensing offers a reasonable way of permitting an individual to begin offering home inspection services to the public with the assurance of that basic competency being in place,” Parish adds.

Created under Bill Pr158, An Act respecting the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors in 1994, OAHI has always regulated its more than 500 members. Inspectors must earn the designation of “Registered Home Inspector” under OAHI’s Member Qualification System (MQS) through mentorship, education, report verification, and completing— through self-apprenticeship— 200 paid home inspections totalling approximately 600 plus hours.

About OAHI                                                  

Through education and advocacy the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors cultivates a thriving home inspection industry based on the highest standards of professional development and ethical standards. In doing so, OAHI cultivates the ‘gold standard’ for home inspectors among consumers and the government. OAHI is the only provincially recognized body of home inspectors by The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Act, 1994. OAHI is a not-for-profit association.


Murray Parish, RHI
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors