Bill 59 The Putting Consumers First Act
Published on November 7, 2016
OAHI ready to work with MGCS on Putting Consumers First Act
Mississauga, ON, Nov. 7, 2016 - The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors is looking forward to working with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services on its Putting Consumers First Act.
On Nov. 3 The Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), along with MPPs Hang Dong, and Yvan Baker announced the province’s intention of continuing with Home Inspector Licensing under Bill 59, the Putting Consumers First Act. OAHI’s president Murray Parish attended the Nov. 3 announcement.
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 Home Inspector Licensing. Bill 59’s first reading was carried Nov. 3; second reading is scheduled for Nov. 14.
“Homebuyers are welcome to visit www.oahi.com to see the extensive, mandatory and ongoing training OAHI member inspectors must pursue to maintain their standing in the association. OAHI will also continue to advocate for well-educated, professional home inspectors in Ontario,” says Murray Parish, RHI and president of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors.
“We reiterate that OAHI supports the establishment of common competency requirements for 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. However, it is a permit, not a designation earned through advanced training and experience. We hope to have a positive and pragmatic discussion of OAHI's ongoing role in helping to regulate home inspection professionals in Ontario,” adds Parish.
Contact your MPP to express your concerns about the bill.
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 in Ontario. OAHI is the only provincially recognized body of home inspectors by The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Act, 1994 (Bill PR158). OAHI is a not-for-profit association, and the largest home inspection association in Ontario.
Murray Parish, RHI
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors