After the Application is Submitted
Once the HCRA has received a licence application or licence renewal application, along with the required fees and supporting documentation, HCRA staff will review the file to ensure that the application is complete. The applicant may be contacted if additional information is required.
The HCRA strives to process applications in a timely fashion while remaining objective, fair, and consistent. The HCRA will be transparent about anticipated processing times for applications, so applicants know what to expect.
There are four key areas that form the core of an assessment based on the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017 (NHCLA) entitlement criteria:
CompetencyDoes the applicant have the knowledge and skills necessary to build new homes or sell new homes and generally engage with purchasers and homeowners? Factors include completion of approved or equivalent courses and ability to apply knowledge to business and service planning and to the building of new homes.
Financial ResponsibilityCan the applicant be expected to be financially responsible in the conduct of business? Factors include history of bankruptcy.
Good standing (renewal only)Has the applicant met the responsibilities as a licensee, including satisfying any conditions that may have been applied to the licence and all Tarion obligations related to warranty performance? Other factors include contravention of the NHCLA, the ONWHPA or their regulations such as cooperating with an inspection or investigation, complying with the Registrar’s request for information and paying any fines owed to the HCRA.
For corporations and partnerships, the assessment will include consideration of the financial responsibility, conduct, and competency of principals, directors, officers, partners, and interested persons.