Montreal, April 14, 2020

Dear Members,

Following the declarations of the Legault government made on April 13, 2020 regarding a gradual return to the residential construction sector and the resumption of building inspections, we would like to clarify certain points.

Pre-purchase sector not specified by the April 13 announcement

After checking with the authorities concerned on April 14 in the morning, this point remains to be clarified and cannot be specified further for the moment. Currently, only the new home inspection sector would be affected by this return to work. It should be understood that thousands of housing construction sites had to be suspended in March because of the health decree. The previous government decree therefore remains valid and for the moment, the pre-purchase inspection service is still not in the list of essential

and/or priority services by the government.

Service agreement and drafting of inspection protocols to deal with Covid 19

In addition to creating an impact on our inspection methods, the crisis is also affecting the legal aspect of our profession. For this reason, discussions are currently underway with our legal advisers in order to temporarily modify this service agreement, so that it may reflect the current health crisis. Several documents are currently being drafted in order to face this reality. Given the scope of the tasks to be carried out, to ensure the protection of the public as well as those of our members, it seems unlikely for the AIBQ to envisage a gradual return before May 4, 2020.

We will give you more information as soon as possible.


François Langlois