The HCRA’s Role in Licensing
About the HCRA
The Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) licenses the people and companies who build and sell new homes in Ontario. The HCRA enforces high professional standards for competence and conduct, supporting and promoting a fair marketplace. In this role, the HCRA will give new home buyers confidence when making one of the biggest purchases of their lives - a new home. The HCRA also provides educational information and tools for consumers, including the Ontario Builder Directory, the official source of information about Ontario’s 6,000+ licensed builders and vendors.
Tarion administers Ontario’s new home warranty and protection program, backstopping the statutory warranty coverage provided to purchasers of new homes. Almost every new home in the province is covered by a new home warranty. Tarion’s role includes investigating new home owner warranty claims, resolving warranty disputes between new home owners and builders, and managing the Guarantee Fund, an important financial reserve to help protect Ontario consumers.
Tarion was previously responsible for registering Ontario’s new home builders and vendors. On February 1, 2021, the registration function moved to the HCRA and was replaced by licensing. The HCRA is responsible for licensing and regulating new home builders and vendors, while Tarion will continue to provide warranty protection for homeowners.
To learn more about the HCRA’s role see:HCRA's Role