Tarion Launches Consultation on Additional Changes for Builders and Announces Reduced Fees for New Homes in Ontario

New Consultation Seeks Input on Builder Bulletins and New Vendor and Builder Agreements

TORONTO -- Today, Tarion is announcing changes to its home enrolment fees that will take effect on February 1, 2021 and is seeking input on additional changes to the requirements for Ontario new home builders to support the upcoming launch of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA).  

Enrolment fees are paid by builders when they enrol a home in the Ontario new home warranty and protection program. Following public feedback received earlier this year, Tarion is moving forward with a reduction in home enrolment fees to offset the new fees being charged by the HCRA.

Tarion will be lowering enrolment fees by $55 per enrolment which will reduce the average enrolment from $1,080 to $1,025. The fee change will take effect on February 1, 2021.

On February 1, 2021, the HCRA will be designated as the regulator of new home builders and vendors under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017. At that time, Tarion will no longer be responsible for registering builders and vendors of new homes but will continue to administer the warranties and protections under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.

Due to these changes, Tarion will need to adjust its operational policies. Tarion is therefore consulting on proposed changes, including:

  • Eliminating certain Builder Bulletins and updating others to address changes to Tarion’s mandate following the launch of the HCRA;
  • Creating four new Registrar Bulletins; and 
  • Developing new standardized Vendor and Builder Agreements to align with the new home enrolment process.

Additionally, Tarion will be renaming existing and new bulletins as “Registrar Bulletins” and re-numbering them to provide a coherent and sequential framework.

These changes will help ensure a smooth transition for the upcoming launch of the new regulatory authority. Public and industry feedback will help to inform Tarion’s policy changes to support implementation of this key government initiative. For further information on the proposed changes, please refer to Tarion’s consultation page and discussion guide.  

Please submit any feedback to submissions@Tarion.com by January 15, 2021.    

Tarion remains committed to modernizing and building a more transparent, fair, and accountable new home warranty and protection program, and will continue to apply necessary resources to implement the Auditor General of Ontario’s recommendations and other consumer protection initiatives.

For media inquiries, please contact: media.inquiries@tarion.com

  

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