Tarion is a private, not-for-profit consumer protection organization established by the Ontario government in 1976 to administer the province’s new home warranty program.

By law, all new homes built in Ontario are provided with a warranty by the builder. Tarion’s role is to ensure that buyers of newly-built homes in Ontario receive the coverage they are entitled to under their builder’s warranty. Tarion’s responsibilities include:

  • Administering the MyHome online portal, which allows homeowners to manage their warranty and report defects to the builder and Tarion
  • Facilitating the fair resolution of disputes between homeowners and builders over warranty coverage, repairs or customer service
  • Assessing warranty claims to determine if they are valid either through an on-site inspection or an alternative method of investigation
  • In cases where a builder fails to address a valid warranty claim, resolving the claim directly with the homeowner either through compensation or repairs by a third party and,
  • Managing a guarantee fund to protect new home buyers, out of which compensation for warranty claims is paid

The HCRA is now responsible for regulating new home builders and vendors in the province. To learn more about the HCRA, visit www.hcraontario.ca.