A VERY INSIGHTFUL comment on Tarion….from legal expert, Chris Arnold, Ottawa

Chris Arnold, Ottawa lawyer, mediator, collaborative law specialist, University of Ottawa law professor, shared this statement with us last week on LinkedIn. (Reproduced below with his permission).

(…) My experience with Tarion (when I did real estate and civil lit): a massive  fr…..d on homebuyers. Tarion masquerades as consumer protection but I’ve seen nothing but a mix of incompetence and combativeness, where every technicality is used to deny coverage. Builders love it, waving the empty “protection” like a flag or hiding behind it.  – Rarely forced to fix errors.  Recourse? The License Appeal Tribunal (same body where appeals of hot-dog vendor licenses go). Take a sec and e-mail/call your MPP to ask them to support this Bill”.                            …..Chris Arnold


Thank you, Chris, for speaking up for Ontario consumers. Thank you for underlining the urgent need for a major overhaul of Tarion’s UN-transparent, UN-accountable system. We agree with you, we need to support Bill 60 to bring transparency and accountability to Tarion.

Premier Wynne and her new Minister Orazietti have made it known they prefer to tinker around the edges of their out-dated, lax “DAA” accountability model. With a shaky track record so far on oversight of arms-length agencies of the government, this seems like the ostrich sticking its head in the sand.  Perhaps the Liberals have backed themselves into a corner, having received substantial donations for their re-election from the building industry. Perhaps its pay-back time.

Who can explain to us why Premier Wynne continues to promise us transparency and accountability, but refuses to apply these principles to Tarion Warranty Corporation? The Premier has yet to show us there is ANY system of checks and balances keeping this monopoly “honest” towards the consumer.


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4 responses to “A VERY INSIGHTFUL comment on Tarion….from legal expert, Chris Arnold, Ottawa

  1. nicole lalonde

    thank you Mr. Arnold …. it is soothing to observe that someone with such professional standing and grounded experience recognizes the hard facts and shares his views. The Ontario homebuyers in their struggle to claim their rights live these hard facts and cannot get action on such a core
    issue !! Thank you to Mr Arnold and senior public figures like Randy Pettapiece , MPP who acknowledge by their willingness to act and speak out , the need to urgently reform what has become a draconian system ! Enough of the Wynne supremacy characterized by indolence on this issue .

  2. Chris Arnold, as a University of Ottawa law professor, and a lawyer experienced with Tarion, provides a very interesting perspective. Hopefully Ontario MPPs will take note, and support Bill 60 – The Tarion Accountability and Oversight Act.

  3. Thanks Mr. Chris Arnold for that refreshing comment!

  4. Reblogged this on Red heart Blue sign and commented:
    Support is needed to ensure Bill 60 has teeth and holds Tarions and home builders accountable for the bad work home owners are complaining about.

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