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Province to make home inspectors get a license

Looking to get a home inspection done ahead of a purchase? You may need to ask to see their credentials if a proposed bill is passed into law.

The provincial government has announced that, this fall, it will be introducing new legislation that would require home inspectors to be licensed with proper qualifications, set minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures and the performance of home inspectors, and establish an independent administrative authority to oversee the new licensing framework.

“Our government is committed to protecting consumers, which is why introducing this proposed legislation remains a top priority for my ministry,” states Marie-France Lalonde, the province’s minister of government and consumer services.

“If passed, this proposed legislation will help to build a stronger foundation for the industry and even better protect consumers throughout the home-buying process.”

The province says that with these changes, consumers would benefit from “quality advice, are protected from surprise costs and aware of safety issues before buying a home. This will also create a level playing field for the home inspection industry, preventing inspectors with little or no training from competing with qualified professionals by offering lower rates,” according to a news release announcing the proposed legislation.