In 2022, 80% of new dwellings built will be subject to an inspection. This will increase to 100% starting in 2023, the first time since the establishment of the mandatory guarantee plan in 1999 that all dwellings will be subject to inspection. Two different types of inspections will be used to achieve this goal. Projects may also be inspected more than once, depending on the following factors:
- Risks associated with the contractor
- Type of construction
- Materials and technology used
- Time of year
- Project location and region
During site inspections, inspectors verify the quality of construction. 360° inspections verify all of the accessible elements on the list of elements to be verified on site, approved by RBQ, at each project stage. The elements of construction that are verified are the elements set out in the construction plans, as well as what can be observed and accessed at the time of the site inspection and what obligations are set out in the contract.
Any incidents of non-compliance observed by the inspector must be mentioned on site to the contractor or its representative, as well as in the inspection report, which will be sent to the contractor within three working days.
In contrast with the 360° inspection, targeted inspections focus on specific elements, as the name implies. Targeted inspections may be called for in the following circumstances:
- An issue is frequently brought up in consumer claims, so GCR visits sites to determine whether they have this problem.
- GCR frequently observes an issue that affects the quality of construction and wishes to have this problem corrected.
- GCR has discovered on‑site issue and is visiting other sites to determine whether they also have this problem.
Targeted inspections are carried out to support contractors and have no direct impact on the Cote Qualité GCR score. GCR will, however, need to follow up on any incidents of non-compliance that were observed on site and noted in the inspection report in order to ensure that the issues have been resolved.
In consideration of project risk levels and in accordance with the inspection policy, GCR will consider inspections performed by other parties and under other programs. GCR will also consider quality controls performed for the CAN/CSA-A277 standard and Novoclimat inspection reports for Select Group builders with a 100% certification rate.
||Directly impacts the Cote Qualité GCR score
||Based on the list of elements to be verified on site
||Inspection report issued
||May require follow‑up from the contractor