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 good conduct while 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 resources for consumers, including the Ontario Builder Directory, the official source of information about Ontario’s 5000+ licensed builders and vendors.
Tarion Warranty Corporation administers Ontario’s new home warranty and protection program, backstopping the statutory warranty coverage provided to purchasers by the builder of their new home. 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 will move to the HCRA and will be replaced with licensing. The HCRA will be responsible for licensing and regulating new home builders and vendors, while Tarion will continue to provide warranty protection for homeowners.
Tarion will continue to administer and enforce the new home warranty program. You can manage your enrollments and warranty service through BuilderLink.