Pro­posed leg­is­la­tion would ben­e­fit con­sumers, ren­o­va­tors

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

LAST week, Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter Ron Lemieux in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that will make ren­o­va­tions a more pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for con­sumers and con­trac­tors. Bill 14, known as the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Amend­ment Act (Home Im­prove­ment Con­tracts), man­dates that ev­ery home ren­o­va­tion or im­prove­ment trans­ac­tion must be pre­ceded by a writ­ten con­tract. This al­lows the con­sumer to know who they are deal­ing with, whether that company has the ap­pro­pri­ate work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion and in­surance cov­er­age, the ser­vices to be pro­vided, all nec­es­sary per­mits, prices and length and scope of work to be done. When fully im­ple­mented, this leg­is­la­tion has the abil­ity to greatly cur­tail Man­i­toba’s un­der­ground econ­omy, long the bane of the hon­est con­trac­tor’s ex­is­tence. A more level play­ing field will al­low the con­sumer to com­pare ser­vice providers that won’t put the home­owner at risk through in­surance li­a­bil­ity, un­paid taxes, war­ranty con­cerns and in­com­plete work. All of this comes at a per­fect time for those think­ing of ren­o­vat­ing their home. From Jan. 9 to 11, the Kitchen Bath and Ren­o­va­tion Show will be pre­sented at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Win­nipeg. Pre­sent­ing spon­sors All Cana­dian Ren­o­va­tions Ltd. and Penta Spray Foam Sys­tems will be there along with many ad­di­tional spe­cial­ists in the home ren­o­va­tion in­dus­try. Ev­ery­thing that you might need to make your tired home come back to life will be un­der one roof. As if one great show wasn’t enough, the Man­i­toba Real Es­tate As­so­ci­a­tion and Win­nipeg Real­tors are part­ner­ing to present the an­nual Home Ex­pres­sions Show from March 27 to 29, also at the con­ven­tion cen­tre. This rite of spring is a must-see for those itch­ing to get a jump on the warmer weather just around the cor­ner. Th­ese two shows com­bine for more than 450 ex­cit­ing dis­play booths and gen­er­ally draw crowds ex­ceed­ing 25,000 at­ten­dees. Don’t let your neigh­bours get the jump on you this year. Be the first and the best in the neigh­bour­hood. With all of the ex­tra in­for­ma­tion con­sumers will re­ceive cour­tesy of an ac­tive aware­ness cam­paign sur­round­ing home ren­o­va­tions, they will be fully pre­pared to ven­ture into an ex­cit­ing home ren­o­va­tion.

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home­builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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