Form 1000: Registration Of Constructors Ministry Of Labour Required Form

Download a copy of the Form 1000: Registration of Constructors and Employers Engaged in Construction here.

This is what it looks like:

MOL Form-1000

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Tarion Performance Guidelines 2013

Download the Ontario New Home Warranty Performance Guidelines Here

The Construction Performance Guidelines – Third Edition provides criteria that sets out the minimum performance required in the construction of New Homes in Ontario . They relate to work and materials deficiencies and complement the Ontario Building Code.

The Third Edition of the Construction Performance Guidelines apply to conciliations, claim inspections and warranty reviews conducted by Tarion on or after January 1,2013.

Q: “Do I need a Tarion Warranty if I build house myself?”

Question: “Do I need a Tarion Warranty if I build a house myself?”

Response:  If you are building a home for yourself here in Ontario and not for resale, you do not need a Tarion Warranty.  As a matter of fact, if you built a home for sale and had enrolled in the Ontario New Home Warranty Program (enforced by Tarion Warranty Corporation) then decided to live in it yourself the warranty would not apply.  Tarion protects buyers by ensuring that the builder meets certain performance guidelines.  It would not make sense for Tarion to protect a builder from himself/herself.

When you apply for a building permit, you will be asked if the home will be for personal use or sale.  If it is for sale, you must enroll into the New Home Warranty Program.  The municipality will not give you a permit to build unless you do so.  Anyone can build a home for themselves.  In fact it is a great way to create wealth and save money (IF you have the time, access to the right people and financial means).  I’ve bought from a builder and built myself.  Builders have access to economies of scale and the emotional detachment allows them to move faster.  Building for yourself takes a little longer but the final product is usually customized to you and you can decide on being the project manager yourself or contracting that out.

If you are building for yourself and intend to sell or buying from a builder who is not providing a Tarion New Home Warranty, contact someone with specific experience with new homes, Tarion and re-sale such as myself.  There can be many surprises and it is different than a 3 year old re-sale home.  For help to ensure that your interests are properly protected and to limit potential issues after closing, you can reach me at 416-272-9898 or Toll Free at 1-855-737-8383.

What is Tarion? As seen in the December Snap South Simcoe Paper

Well it is official, I’m Published in the paper world too.  My first article on What Is Tarion was printed in the December Paper of Snap South Simcoe.  Here is the article:


New Homes in Ontario basically fall under two categories. Homes built for personal use and homes built for sale to customers. Both must meet the Ontario Building Code but only new homes built for customers fall under the New Home Warranty Program. In 1976, a Private Corporation was established to protect the rights of new home builders and buyers; known today as the Tarion Warranty Corporation.

Tarion is the regulator of Ontario’s new home and condo building industry.  Some of what Tarion does is: registers new home builders, enrolls new homes for warranty coverage, investigates illegal building practices and provides warranty dispute resolution between builders and homeowners.  Tarion helps to educate new home buyers about their warranty rights, and about how to protect and maintain their warranty.  Tarion also protects builders by setting realistic standards known as the Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines.  Many Current Tarion Board of Directors are presidents of home building companies. [Read more…]

Contractors “Green Book”

In the World of Construction the Green Book (also known as the Construction Bible) refers to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Construction Regulations.

I’ve included a copy of just the Occupational Health and Safety Act here: [Read more…]

Set Fines Given out By the Ministry Of Labour

On Ontario Construction Sites many fines are preset at the back of the Green Book (Occupational Health and Safety Act and Construction Regulations).  For example:  A person walking onto a construction site without a Hard Hat and Safety Boots would be fined $195 dollars for each offence and the Construction Site super could be charged $295 for each of the trespassers offences.  I’ve included the 2010 pre-set fines below.

What Construction Company Owners Should Ensure Their Foremen Have

Every Foreman or Supervisor should have a binder with information that relates to their company.  I have provided a list of items that should be included in the binder.  I will be adding links where you will find additional information (through my future blogs) for each item included in the list, so keep checking back for these updates!

I strongly suggest that every Supervisor and Foreman also have a HARD COVER log book (Think Daily Work Diary) that they fill in daily WITH PEN.  I find it amazing the number of problems that magically disappear when people know that a log and Foreman/Supervisor information binder exist and are being used.  You will also find fewer extras being “forgotten” and fewer mistakes.  People that write logs at the end of each day also tend to be more organized.  So the 15 minutes that it takes at the end of the day is usually more than compensated for in being organized for the next day.

Contents of Foreman/Supervisor Binder to be kept with them at ALL times

1. Copy of the up-to-date company Health and Safety Policy
2. Copy of the Health and Safety Program
3. Company Form 1000 (Registration Of Constructors)
4. Blank Safety Talk Forms and copies of Safety Talks already given (See How to give a Safety Talk and Example Here)
5. Copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Construction Regulations (Green Book) [Read more…]

Tarion Protection Is Worthless Without Knowing How To Use It

Ontario New Home Warranty Program Administrators

While it is true that Tarion (the Ontario New Home Warranty Program) is there to protect the Homeowners.  Keep in mind that it is also there to protect the Builders.  Tarion  sets performance guidelines and time-lines that both the Builder and New Owner must follow.  As a Builder, I can assure you that it is not difficult to meet those standards if you use decent trades and have proper site supervision.  As a Realtor I can also assure you that if the owner does not follow the guidelines and time-lines given to them by Tarion, items that would normally be covered can then be disputed and potentially no-longer covered under the Tarion warranty.

The Tarion Performance Guidelines set the bar to which Builders must follow.  The Builder must build to all applicable Code and By-Laws but must also meet certain new home performance guidelines.  Both New Owners and  Builders use these guidelines to protect themselves against the unrealistic expectations of the other.  If you don’t know the system, you can be taken advantage of.  [Read more…]

Termites Terrorize Toronto

Reticulitermes Flavipes (Termite)

Hidden inside wood boats, Termites came across the water landing in Toronto just prior to the 1940s in the area today known as “the beaches”.  The Termites have spread mostly North and West of Toronto but can be found in Scarborough, York, North York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Thornhill, Markham, Newmarket, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa.


Mud Tubes

The Opposing Termite Army: We are out numbered.  Just one termite colony can have a population of four to six million including the Queen.  Torontonian termites are subterranean (live in the ground) and are silent attackers.  Hiding inside the wood, you will rarely see them.  The human resistance looks for “signs of termite activity”.  The most common give away is the mud tubes.  Look for them where wood-to-ground contact exists.  Focus on areas where porches meet the foundation walls, planters and wood fences.

Termite Soldiers: These infiltrators are sometimes confused with ants but don’t be fooled.  Toronto Termites are the size of a rice grain and slightly off-white in colour.   Each colony will attack approximately a small block of homes over a long period of time.  So if anyone within your neighbourhood has been attacked you should takes steps to monitor your home and even consider a counter attack.  If you want to know if your Toronto neighbourhood is known to have termite activity contact

Termite Method of Attack:   These termites are subterranean termites and build their nests in the ground. They require a highly moist environment in order to survive.  In order to move they build mud tubes (also known as “shelter tubes”).  These tubes help them to maintain hospitable conditions for exploration and are their supply lines for food.

Subterranean Base: Termite colonies will usually be found at the water table, which may be as deep as 50 feet below the ground.

First line of Termite Defence: Break wood-to-soil contact! Toronto Termites live in the ground and go in and out of your structure.  Don’t give them an easy path into your home.  [Read more…]

Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines

In Ontario, New Homes built for Sale must follow the Tarion Construction Performance guidelines as seen here: [Read more…]

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