On Monday, Trinity-Spadina MPP Han Dong introduced a Private Member’s Bill that, if passed, would establish a home inspector licensing system in Ontario. Bill 165, the Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016, is based off of recommendations that came from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ Home Inspector Qualifications Panel. OREA has been an active participant on the Ministry’s panel and we were supportive of the recommendations that came out of the consultations.
It is important to note that Private Member’s Bills are not a government bill and rarely become law. OREA has learned that the province still plans on bringing forward government sponsored legislation on the same issue.
In short, MPP Dong’s bill would allow the Ontario government to establish a delegated administrative authority that would be responsible for establishing education requirements and the licensing of home inspectors in Ontario.
The bill will have 2nd Reading debate on March 3rd, 2016. If the bill passes 2nd Reading, it would then need to go to Committee and pass 3rd Reading before becoming law.
OREA’s government relations team will continue to monitor Bill 165 as it moves through the legislative process.