The Ministry of Consumer Services announced that the Ontario government plans to consult on a minimum of qualifications for home inspectors in the province.
"This fall, as part of a broader consumer protection initiative, the province will consult with home inspector associations, consumers, representatives from the real estate sector and other industry stakeholders on mandatory minimum qualifications for home inspectors." -- excerpt from news.ontario.ca October 1, 2012
Margarett Best, Minister of Consumer Services made the announcement at George Brown College. The minister called the the initiative a strong plan, and said, "Ask any expert and they will tell you that before you sign on the dotted line you should insist on a home inspection."
One of the experts who was there with Best was Mike Holmes, the professional contractor who is also well-known as a television personality with his popular show "Holmes on Homes." Pointing out that home buying is "the singlemost expensive investment of your life" Holmes asked, "who do you call, who can you trust?" with reference to home inspection.
Holmes summed up the Ministry of Consumer Services plan to consult on regulating home inspectors in Ontario. "Starting this system, for me, makes total sense to protect consumers. The smartest thing we can do is to regulatre it and make it mandatory."
Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services News Release
Ontario News Room: Announcement Video