The Ontario government committed to establishing a separate regulatory authority to license and regulate new home builders and vendors in Ontario.
On February 1, 2021, the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) was designated as the regulator of new home builders and vendors under New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017.
This means that the HCRA is now responsible for new home builder and vendor licensing, competency, complaints, and conduct. The HCRA is now also responsible for managing the Ontario Builder Directory (OBD).
The successful launch of the HCRA is just one more step towards building a transparent, fair and accountable new home warranty and protection program to provide stronger consumer protection for Ontarians.
Tarion CEO Statement on the Launch of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority
“I am pleased that we are entering the next stage in the transformation of Ontario’s new home warranty and protection program.
With the creation of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) as a separate regulator for new home builders and vendors, Tarion will now focus solely on administering warranties and protections for the purchasers of new homes, assisting with dispute resolution between new home buyers and builders, and supporting public confidence in the new home marketplace.
Along with this more focused mandate, we will continue to follow the blueprint for transformation and improvement set out in the Auditor General of Ontario’s report of October 2019. A link to our implementation plan and a progress update can be found here. In addition, I am proud to announce improvements to the consumer protection framework are also now in effect, including increased financial protections available for claims relating to mould, radon, and defects in the common elements of condominiums." -- Peter Balasubramanian, President and CEO
Important Information and Materials on New Changes (Updated February 1, 2021)
Below is important information on the launch of the HCRA and additional information on changes at Tarion coming into effect as part of this transition, including what you can expect after February 1, new requirements around the addendum, and frequently asked questions.