Tarion Warranty Corporation

Tarion Warranty Corporation is a private corporation that was established in 1976 to protect the rights of new home buyers and regulate new home builders.  Tarion is responsible for administering the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, which outlines the warranty protection that new home and condominium builders must provide, by law, to their customers.  The primary purpose of Tarion is to ensure that builders abide by this legislation, and to step in to protect consumers when builders fail to fulfill their warranty obligations.  Tarion is financed entirely by builder registration, renewal and home enrolment fees and receives no government funding.

The Role of Tarion

As the regulator of Ontario’s new home building industry, Tarion registers new home builders and vendors, enrols new homes for warranty coverage, investigates illegal building practices, resolves warranty disputes between builders/vendors and homeowners, and promotes high standards of construction among Ontario’s new home builders. Tarion also works with the building industry to help educate new home buyers about their warranty rights, and about how to protect and maintain their warranty.

Homeowner Information Package

Since 2003, Tarion has required builders to give all new home buyers in Ontario a Homeowner Information Package on or before the Pre-Delivery Inspection of their new home.
The most recent version of the Homeowner Information Package applies to both freehold homes and condominium units with a date of possession on or after July 1, 2008.  A copy can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

 What’s Covered and When?

New home owners benefit from One Year Warranty Protection and Two Year Warranty Protection against defects in work and materials, and Seven Year Warranty Protection against major structural defects (MSD).
Warranty coverage begins on the date of possession of a home or condominium unit, and remains in effect until the end of the warranty period, even if the home is sold before the warranty expires.
For condominiums, warranty coverage also includes the shared areas of the building, referred to as the common elements. Coverage for common elements begins on the day the condominium corporation is registered. However, there is no warranty coverage for common elements condominiums* or the common elements of vacant land condominiums**.
After taking possession of their new home, homeowners should note the specific anniversary dates of the first, second and seven year warranties. For example, if the possession date of a home is August 5, 2003 the first year warranty would expire at midnight on August 4, 2004; the second year warranty would expire at midnight on August 4, 2005; and the seven year warranty would expire at midnight on August 4, 2010. Tarion cannot respond to complaints unless there is written proof that the problem was reported to us within the applicable warranty period.
– Source: Tarion