About the award
Established in 2017 and retired in 2021, Tarion's Ernest Assaly Award recognized the highest level of excellence in Ontario home building while honouring the legacy of a highly respected leader in the residential building industry.
About the award
Formerly known as the Tarion Awards of Excellence, the Homeowners' Choice Awards are the only awards that give Ontario's new home buyers the power to have their new home builder recognized for customer service excellence.
Finalists and recipients for the Homeowners' Choice Awards were determined by a comprehensive survey sent to Ontario homeowners who took possession of a new home. Survey questions were designed to assess homeowner satisfaction with after-sales customer service.
To be considered, builders must have had at least five possessions during the survey timeframe. In addition, a minimum number of completed surveys must be received to ensure that homeowner responses could be fairly evaluated.
Builders were not be eligible for a Homeowners’ Choice Award if they: were subject to a Notice of Proposal to suspend or revoke their registration; or were the subject of an active charge for illegal building; or had been convicted of illegal building in the last five years.
Builders competed in four categories:
High-Rise Builder of the Year: More than 100 high-rise possessions
Large Volume Builder of the Year: More than 100 possessions
Medium Volume Builder of the Year: 21-100 possessions
Small Volume Builder of the Year: 5-20 possessions