It is illegal for a builder to enter into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale or
construction contract with a purchaser if the builder is not registered with
Tarion. It is also illegal to begin construction of a home or condominium
without first enrolling it with Tarion. Offenders will be charged by Tarion
under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.
Tarion employs a team of
seasoned investigators to uncover builders and vendors in Ontario who fail to
register and/or to enrol new homes with Tarion. For a list of builders who have been charged in the past 3 years, please refer to our Illegal Building Conviction Reports.
Under the Act, fines
of up to $100,000 can be imposed by Ontario Courts. In addition, convicted
offenders may be imprisoned for up to one year or placed on
If you have any information about illegal building activities in the
province, please call Tarion's anonymous tip-line at 1-800-786-6497.
All information received is kept confidential. Tarion does not subscribe to call
display on the tip-line.
Where an illegal vendor is taking steps to comply with the legislation and warranty items are being resolved, warranty repair periods may not need to be changed. However, Tarion may at its discretion abridge an illegal vendor's repair periods if the vendor is unwilling to resolve warranty claim items and/or the claim involves extraordinary circumstances.