The creation of a province-wide registry of homes that were former marijuana grow operations or clandestine drug laboratories is the goal of a bill introduced in the provincial legislature and supported by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA).
A bill to create a central registry was introduced at Queen’s Park by MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton) in March. OREA applauds the bill as a way to protect consumers from incurring health and safety risks on the biggest purchase of their lives – their homes.
“Grow-ops are a major problem for home buyers in the province and we have been urging the Ontario government to establish a registry to protect consumers for more than 10 years,” says Patricia Verge, an Ottawa REALTOR® and member of the OREA board of directors. “People across the province want this information and we’re continuing to urge the government to pass this legislation in order to protect home buyers.”
Last fall, a survey found that an overwhelming majority of Ontario residents (93 per cent) want to know if the home they plan to buy was once a marijuana grow-op or clandestine drug lab. The survey was commissioned by OREA and conducted by the polling firm Ipsos Reid.
For more information, visit the Government Relations section of the OREA website.