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Discipline and Appeals Committees

Code of Ethics

O. Reg. 245/21 (effective July 1, 2021) establishes a Code of Ethics for licensees, which sets out clear ethical standards that Ontario’s home builders and vendors must meet. This regulation also sets out the establishment of Discipline and Appeals Committees. The HCRA Registrar may refer a matter to the Discipline Committee if the HCRA receives a complaint about the conduct of a licensee and the Registrar believes that the conduct may have violated the Code of Ethics. Determinations and/or orders from the Discipline Committee may be appealed to the Appeals Committee.

Discipline and Appeals Committees

The Discipline and Appeals Committees are statutory committees established pursuant to O. Reg. 245/21 to conduct pre-hearing conferences, discipline hearings, and appeals of decisions or orders, supported by independent legal counsel.

The Discipline Committee may order a licensee to:

  • Take further educational courses
  • Fund educational courses for persons that the licensee employs or to arrange and fund the courses
  • Impose a fine up to a maximum of $25,000 to be paid to the regulatory authority
  • Suspend or postpone the taking of further educational courses, the funding or the arranging of educational courses or the imposition of the fine for the period and upon the terms the committee designates
  • Fix and impose costs that the licensee is required to pay to the HCRA

The Appeals Committee will hear and determine appeals of determinations and/or orders from the Discipline Committee.

THE HCRA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR DISCIPLINE AND APPEALS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) is seeking applications from both licensees and the public to sit as members of its Discipline and Appeals Committees, and the Discipline and Appeals Panels that perform disciplinary functions related to the Province of Ontario’s Code of Ethics.

Qualifications

Applicants who wish to serve as members of the HCRA’s Discipline and Appeals Committees are required to have the following skills, experience, and knowledge in order to carry out the responsibilities effectively.

To qualify as a public member, the applicant must never have been a licensee; registrant under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (ONHWPA); shareholder, officer, director, employee or principal of a licensee/registrant;, interested person of a licensee/registrant; officer, director or employee of a trade association that represents licensees or the interests of licensees; a member of the board of the HCRA or a member of the board of Tarion.

  • Familiarity with the home construction sector and the HCRA’s mandate
  • Ability to become familiar with the Code of Ethics, New Home Construction Licensing Act (NHCLA) and Statutory Powers Procedure Act
  • Understanding of the justice system and administrative law
  • Strong analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving abilities
  • Impartiality, sound judgment, integrity, and ability to fairly assess cases involving conflicting accounts or evidence
  • Have not been disciplined by a regulatory body or professional association in the last five years and have never been found guilty of a criminal offence
  • Commitment to maintain fair and transparent processes
  • Willingness to make the time commitment to be an active committee member by attending the necessary training, meetings, and hearings
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Ontario, if necessary
  • Comfort with the use of web-based application and can collaborate effectively in virtual meetings

Experience with other administrative authorities, regulatory authorities of professionals, tribunals or councils would be an asset.

To apply:

  1. Download and complete this application form.
  2. Send the completed application form along with a resume to hearings@hcraontario.ca.
  3. Applicants will be contacted to advance to the next stage, which will involve a virtual interview and reference check. The HCRA will only contact applicants selected for the next stage.

Applications must be submitted by May 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.