Earlier this fall, the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA), Tarion Warranty Corporation, and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) announced a partnership agreement to increase consumer protection for new home-buyers, improve industry standards, and achieve greater consistency in education and application of standards in the province’s new home-building industry.
The Ontario Building Partnership solidifies a framework in which the three organizations can act to uphold excellence in Ontario’s building industry. Although the partners have traditionally worked together, this agreement provides a blueprint to uphold excellence and elevate the new home building industry.
One of the partnership’s first initiatives includes striking a new working group to focus on:
- advocating for a legislated, province-wide program to protect home buyers from illegal builders;
- partnering on public education initiatives, including ‘Who Does What’ campaigns, information sharing on trade strikes and other industry-wide matters and regional issues such as soil conditions and radon detection; and
- ensuring Ontario’s home-buyers benefit from consistent and improved construction standards across the province.