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The Home Inspector Inc.

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Hamilton , ON L8R 3G6

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James P. Buren

Before you purchase or sell your home or property, please call The Home Inspector Inc.. We can help protect your investment with a thorough home/property inspection! Call us now to discuss your individual inspection needs. Work Phone: 416-567-4282 Mobile Phone: 416-567-4282

About The Home Inspector Inc.

We perform thorough inspections at reasonable prices. We can help you get to know the condition of the property you are about to buy or sell, and give you the confidence you need to make an informed decision.

We are located in Hamilton and serve all surrounding areas. We look forward to hearing from you!


BA Environmental Studies, RHI (OAHI Registered Home Inspector), 20 years inspecting, inspector training, expert witness.


Buying a house is serious business but let's enjoy what we're doing. I prefer to give good news but when identifying and reporting the issues that are bound to be found I help you to understand what you can do to rectify the situation.

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James was an excellent inspector and is highly recommended by me. Not only did he take his time to thoroughly inspect every aspect of the home, but he also taught us along the way. He gave us insight into expected timelines for maintenance, estimated costs for repairs, and important aspects of the home to attend to right away. His report was completed within 12 hours of completing the inspection. Great experience overall.
- D.P., Oakville ON, December 2023
We plan on leaving the house to our children. We had James come and do an inspection on our house to see if it was worth the time and money to repair it or to have the kids tear it down and start new. Many thanks again for all your time and advice James, hugely appreciated! You explained things to us that makes the decision that much easier, and your guidance is truly invaluable. We would absolutely recommend James The Home Inspector! Robert Orav Uxbridge Ontario
- R.O., Uxbridge ON, August 2023
James was thorough and professional. His ability to inspect the property in great detail and explain in layman's terms is a bonus. The experience James brings to the table is vast and it helped me avoid buying a money pit. I would highly recommend James if tou are looking to have a property inspected.
- R.B., Blackstock ON, February 2023
James was a pleasure to meet and work with. As this was my first home inspection, I thought James to be very thorough and honest in his findings. I would definitely recommend James to anyone looking for this service!
- C.J., Waterloo ON, February 2023
James was a pleasure to work with. He showed a high degree of care and professionalism, and went above and beyond to ensure we felt comfortable with everything ahead of signing off on our inspection agreement with the realtor. He even offered to chat with us once we move in next year, and go over a few items and how to fix them since we weren't able to physically be there during the inspection. We appreciate all the details in his inspection report, and some tips on how to fix certain things ourselves. I highly recommend booking his services! Thanks again for making this experience a seamless one.
- A.J., Kelowna ON, November 2022
James was fantastic. He provided a professional, informed and thorough inspection, giving clear explanations, noted potential concerns and their consequences. His advice on addressing all issues was invaluable, and was prompt in providing us the report. That, coupled with the option to create a "To Do" reference list for future repairs based on the report, was also so helpful. As a result, we felt very confidant moving forward with the purchase of our home. Worth every penny. As a real estate agent, I will highly recommend James to my clients and colleagues.
- B.H., Toronto ON, October 2022
Many thanks again for all your time and advice James, hugely appreciated! You have a way of explaining things to us that makes the whole process that much easier, and your guidance is truly invaluable. 10/10, easily!
- S.L., Stouffville ON, October 2022
James was really friendly and helpful. He went over everything he was doing and explained all in a very detailed and easy to understand manner.
- P.B., Markham ON, July 2022
Amazing home inspector, saved us from a world of trouble. Very detailed approach, friendly, informative and efficient. Will be using him for all home purchases we make!
- C.K., June 2022
James was awesome to work with, he explained things to me in such an easy to understand way... he had so many great tips and ideas for how to repair things the home needed, how to prevent common things that happen to first time home buyers. Couldn't be more happy or impressed by him and would recommend again.
- P.A., Noth York ON, June 2022
James performed an extremely thorough inspection of our condo apartment. He was able to identify a lot of features with the construction and materials and let us understand how things worked. As first time home buyers we learned a lot of things from the inspection about how a home works on a deeper level. He gave us confidence in making our purchase. His promise of future support is also reassuring to us in case we need to know more about particular details if any maintenance issues arise.
- T.M., Mississuaga ON, May 2022
James Buren did an inspection on my home and I was fully satisfied with his knowledge and attention to detail. He is truly a professional inspector. lt was an experience to walk in summary with him after his inspection as he pointed out details I was unaware of in my home. Would recommend him for an inspection.
- J.M., Thornhill ON, March 2022
James was able to accommodate our quick turnaround with the most detailed home inspection I have ever seen! He spent the time to look at everything and talked us through a lot of it. He was available after the report was provided to us to answer any questions we had. We highly recommend his services.
- G.W., Hamilton ON, March 2022
James it was a pleasure working with you! You were very detailed, knowledgable, and personable. You made the process so smooth. The 2 hours just flew by. As a newbie to the investment property world, you explained things in a way that brought clarity and dispelled all confusion. You answered all of my questions without hesitation. Thank you again James. Looking forward to taking you up on your offer to reach out about this property at any time in the future.
- C.P., Ajax ON, March 2022
James responded right away to my call and arranged an inspection promptly. He showed up on time for the inspection. He asked me to follow along through the house so that he could show me what he was looking at. He explained both the house's assets as well as it's deficiencies. He sent his report quickly. It was thorough, easy to understand and was completely in keeping with what he had told me. I would most definitely recommend James to anyone looking for a home inspection.
- M.E., Toronto ON, March 2022
We found the inspection services by The Home Inspector (James Buren) very thorough, enjoyable, and professional. We would definitely recommend James to anyone and everyone and will not hesitate to consult again with him on any matters related to our home or future homes. Thank you for being so thorough, professional, warm, and candid during the inspection day. We truly enjoyed walking our home with you and learning from your experience.
- V.B., Elora ON, December 2021
I am so so pleased with James and his inspection. As a first time home-buyer I had a ton of questions and he answered all of them and then some. The inspection report at the end is extremely easy to read, understand and refer back to. James was so kind and very thorough. Can't speak highly enough of him and the overall experience. Thank you!
- E.V., Oshawa ON, November 2021
James is a true professional with a vast knowledge base
- M.K., Markham ON, October 2021
I am glad I found James for the home inspection for my upcoming home purchase. Before he began the physical inspection of the property, James first explained in detail how the process would be carried out so that I would be better informed. Well equipped with all the tools and devices he needed to carry out the inspection (including the infrared analysis kit!), he pinpointed even the most minor of the repairs that needed to be carried out when I move in to the property, which I believe would be very beneficial as a future home owner. As we continued with the inspection, his thoroughness with the process was quite evident as he would continuously engage me in all of his observations about the inside as well as the outside of the property. The detailed report he created after the inspection is going to go a long way for me, as I am sure I will be referring to his notes over and over again once I move in to the property. I would definitely recommend James Buren as the home inspector of choice to my network!
- G.G., Toronto ON, September 2021
James was invaluable. And he's also a very nice guy! We had a lot of questions; James's knowledge, patience, and thoroughness alleviated our worries. Also, the written report was stunning -- It even includes dozens and dozens of pictures (which will serve as a reference point for the future). We've referred to the report many times since receiving it and anticipate it will be "the bible" for our property, a handy reference for years to come. I am thrilled with the details and peace of mind James gave us about our property. We're thrilled we found him!
- S.K., Ripley ON, July 2021
James was great. Very thorough which we very much appreciated. If you’re looking for a home inspector, look no further!
- J.C., Maple ON, March 2021
James is The Best professional I have ever had. Very precisely conducted all the inspection and created a very detailed easy to understand report for clients.
- I.J., Brampton ON, February 2021
James did a very thorough and honest job.
- L.N., ON ON, December 2020
I have known James for many years. He is a very professional inspector. Very experienced and patient with people. I always highly recommend James to my clients .
- V.F., Richmond Hill ON, September 2020
James is very helpful and informative. he is knowledgeable and friendly. thank you so much
- F.N., North York ON, August 2020
James is a complete professional. His approach is educational, efficient, and transparent. During his inspection we learned a great deal about our pending property purchase, and his insights saved us what would have been tens of thousands of dollars in headaches down the road. We will engage him again in the near future to inspect our next purchase, and wholeheartedly endorse him to anyone who is in the property market. Thank you James. AA & AA
- A.A., Scarborough ON, August 2020
This was my first home inspection and I was so pleased with James. He was very informative and knowledgeable, answering all my questions. I would highly recommend James.
- D.M., Newmarket ON, August 2020
James was very thorough in his inspiration and walk through. The information he provided made us feel at ease about the condition of the house and repairs needed. I would highly recommend James and will definitely be using him again in the future!
- C.B., Thornhill ON, August 2020
Great work as always. Thanks.
- M.C., July 2020
This is the 4th home I've purchased, and the 4th home inspection I've had done. It is the first one I felt was worth paying for. James is thorough and meticulous, and importantly, curious. He isn't just checking off the boxes on some pre-printed checklist. If I should find myself in need of another home inspection in my lifetime, I will call James.
- A.G., Newmarket ON, May 2020
This was an extremely thorough, detail-oriented report. I really appreciated at how nit-picky James was. My agent and I were then able to create a list of to-do's for the seller to complete, that would deal with some of the issues, so that I wouldn't have to. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. I thank my agent, Michael Marchese, for recommending him.
- G.B., North York ON, March 2020
James clearly has a lot of experience and was happy to share his knowledge with us. He showed us all sorts of details about our home to keep an eye on for the future. A real pleasure to have as an inspector!
- D.C., Thornhill ON, March 2020
James, David and I were very impressed with your thoroughness and professionalism. It was a pleasure working with you. You provided a lot of information and were not only helpful by teaching us about what you were looking for but you were also easy and very positive to work with. Thank you for being so timely and supportive. Carole and David
- C.L., Stouffville ON, January 2020
Very thorough. Easy to communicate with and very friendly!
- L.W., Markham ON, January 2020
This was our first home inspection as we are new to the home buying game. James made the experience seamless and extremely enjoyable. He was very knowledgeable regarding what needed to be done and did an extremely thorough job with the home inspection. Due to his help we were able to get the seller to address some of the bigger issues discovered by James. If we need another home inspection in the future we will definitely be calling James and will be referring him to family and friends! Thank you James!
- S.J., Toronto ON, November 2019
James did a thorough inspection of the home we are buying. He provided a very detailed report that was clear and easy to understand. We found the process very informative and the tips and recommendations are well received. We would absolutely recommend James to anyone looking for home inspection. He provided excellent customer service.
- C.T., Hamilton ON, November 2019
We were impressed with the knowledge and advice that James shared. His expertise and attention to detail is apparent, as is his commitment to helping us make the best decision for us. He is also approachable, both professional and friendly. He took the time to answer every one of our questions thoroughly without making us feel like it was too many questions (or too obvious answers). Thanks to his diligence, we decided not to buy the home and we have a better idea of what to look for in the future. We will absolutely want his inspection on the next one and recommend him to friends.
- J.C., Toronto ON, October 2019
James was very helpful and informative
- V.G., Mississauga ON, October 2019
Very friendly and helpful!
- M.B., Burlington ON, October 2019
James came highly recommended from a friend. I have never bought a resale home before and was concerned about buying a house that may be unsafe for my 3 year old. James did not disappoint. He was quite meticulous and thorough. He seemingly sees all and was able to explain things clearly and help us prioritize on what needs immediate attention and others that can wait a bit. His past experience is evident as he walked us through the whole house. For example, he notice that 4 sets of the feed from the breaker are aluminum wires and explained in detail and in layman's terms why it is a concern in the long run. This is but 1 of many that James did in order for us to get to know our new found 1950's home. Even our Real Estate agent which of course has been through a few inspections was quite impressed. I'm glad we decided to use James' services instead of just any inspector. His walk-through plus detailed report with photos allows my wife an I to purchase our home fully informed and with peace of mind knowing my son will be safe.
- A.L., Whitby ON, October 2019
Very friendly, very informative, very supportive during an otherwise stressful time. Well done, sir - an excellent example of customer service :)
- M.M., September 2019
James was professional, polite, and explained things to us in an easy-to-understand manner. He let us know what we needed to fix or upgrade and helped us understand how we would start going about that process. He arrived on time, did the job thoroughly, and was able to provide recommendations for services upon request. There were no surprises or differences between his quoted rate and what we were charged, and overall, we left the inspection feeling secure in our purchase. We highly recommend James for any house inspection needs.
- G.M., Scarborough ON, August 2019
James is very personable, friendly,knowledgeable and organized. He was very detailed and didnt rush the inspection. James broke it down into simple language and explained what repairs required immediate attention and what repairs could be done in the future. Further he made it very clear if a repair would be costly and require professional repairman or it was merely costmetic and we could do the work ourselves. Onsite and written report was very detailed and very informative and will help us in future repairs. Would highly recommend James to anyone especially if they are inexperienced first time home purchasers. Thank you James you are amazing! Laura
- L.M., Ajax ON, August 2019
James Buren was excellent communicating the information I needed to know to understand the inspection process. He was thorough and patient while asked many questions. His knowledge of the structural integrity - both good and needing improvement areas - of the house were very much appreciated. The detailed report is a valuable resource, as I go forward with the TLC this lovely house requires. Thank you
- A.L., Oshawa ON, August 2019
Very knowledgeable and thorough. Great insight into the home and will love to continue the relationship.
- M.D., July 2019
Thanks so much for your time and invaluable expertise. Awesome experience!
- L.C., July 2019
James was very thorough. He checked and noticed things we never would have thought of. We appreciate the time he took to speak with us and explain his findings. We have definitely taken his advice seriously and have already made plans towards fixing the deficiencies. We were even able to have the sellers do much of the repairs. Thanks James, it was a pleasure meeting you.
- N.P., Toronto ON, July 2019
Extremely thorough and very helpful and informative. Thank you!
- M.Z., Markham ON, July 2019
James was a pleasure to work with. He's friendly, organized, and thorough. He provides detailed explanations about what he's looking for, what certain evidence means, and what needs to be done to get it fixed. He takes the time to educate his clients so they benefit from him even after the job is done. Thank you, James!
- P.M., Thornhill ON, July 2019
Fantastic approach and report delivery.
- J.B., Uxbridge ON, July 2019
Very honest & detailed about the inspections given. Would highly recommend if you really need to know what your getting into. Will be calling on your service in the near future. Thanks for your professionalism.
- J.S., Etobicoke ON, June 2019
Very thorough, took the time to explain any issues and what could be done about them. Very personable and great to deal with. Thanks so much James!
- M.F., Paris Ont, June 2019
James, you were absolutely amazing! From phone calls to emails to texting you were on the ball. We really enjoyed working with you and enjoyed your analogies and fun personality. You were extremely knowledgeable and took the time and care to make a personal connection and really care about our needs and concerns. We look forward to working with you again!
- G.G., Stouffville ON, June 2019
Very thorough and conscientious. Genuinely cares about the client and their home. A pleasure to work with!
- M.F., Paris Ont, June 2019
James: I really have to tell you how much I enjoyed the experience of doing the inspection with you. It was very enlightening and educational and I thought I had a good handle on home construction. We were very pleased at how thorough you were and especially how complete your report is. We will be recommending your services to anyone we hear than needs a home inspection.
- E.C., Uxbridge ON, June 2019
a very knowledgeable and friendly inspection
- M.F., Toronto ON, June 2019
Very thorough and knowledgeable. James is also very personable making the 3 hour inspection enjoyable.
- M.O., King ON, May 2019
Very thorough!! Super patient as we asked many questions and made the process very understandable and "user friendly". Definitely appreciate his expertise and will recommend in the future.
- R.W., Whitby ON, April 2019
Excellent work. Very thorough and efficient.
- M.C., April 2019
James, thank you for your professional service.
- Y.S., Markham ON, December 2018
Thank you for your report and a good inspection. It definitely influenced on our opinion. I will definitely recommend to my friends!
- K.A., Thornhill ON, October 2018
I was not only new to home ownership, but also to North American construction methods & materials. That is one definite takeaway from the inspection with James - by the time we were done, we had gone through R ratings, moisture gaps, bitumen roofing, easements, things that were done a particular way due to building code and why... Aside from his excellent customer service and professionalism, I came away with a greater understanding of the workings of the house, and will be better able to take care of my investment. Thanks, Jim!
- C.D., Whitby ON, October 2018
James did a fantastic job. A+
- K.L., Barrie ON, October 2018
James is a very knowledgeable and professional home inspector. You will not be disappointed with his services. Thanks James!
- M.N., Beaverton ON, October 2018
You are very knowledgeable. You are patient with me when I ask you a lot of questions.
- M.N., Beaverton ON, October 2018
James was incredible. He walked us through every step of the inspection and explained issues he found. The finished report is very, very helpful and easy to understand. I would use James again for a house inspection and highly recimmend him!
- L.M., Toronto ON, October 2018
Thanks James. Your inspection was very thorough and most helpful. I was impressed with your knowledge and professionalism. The way you explained things was easy to understand and follow. This is my first home purchase in a long time. The small things you pointed out would have been missed by me even though I've had two previous homes. Having a professional go over things as thoroughly as you did gives me peace of mind knowing that I won't come across any surprises when I move in. As people should know, surprises can cost you a lot of money that you may not be ready for. I would highly recommend that people speak to you before they sign on the dotted line. I like the idea that I can call you anytime for advice and guidance. Thanks again.
- R.K., Bradford ON, September 2018
It was very educational to walk around with you as you did the inspection. I learned a few things about the home I bought that will be useful, things I did not know I needed to do or how to do them. The report was well done and very useful for me. I did purchase the home, but it helps to know what will need attending to once I take possession. I will need to get in touch with you soon to get the name/number of the guy you were recommending who can upgrade/fix the insulation in my attic. Thanks again! Great job!!
- A.B., Pickering ON, August 2018
Thank you again for taking care of my clients! They are very happy with the way you took the time to explain everything in detail and made sure they understood everything.
- J.W., Uxbridge ON, August 2018
Very knowledgeable inspector with pleasant personality .
- F.P., Mississauga ON, June 2018
For the size of the property time should have been allowed for the inspection felt like it was rushed. Not properly trained no working at Heights card so could not access the roof only visual. Lack of proper tools cannot detect moisture in basement had no tool for that . Doesn't test any appliances wouldn't have had the time anyway. Seemed to waste time with obvious things instead of moving on to other things example garage door not working properly spend 15 to 20 minutes playing with it up and down up and down. Would not recommend James for any other inspections and definitely would not use him again.
- J.W., Oshawa ON, April 2018
James was extremely thorough and knowledgeable. He took the time to explain his findings to us and was very professional.
- J.S., Courtice ON, March 2018
Thank you very much. It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday. The comments you made are very helpful & reinforced my opinion to go ahead with this purchase.
- A.A., Brampton ON, February 2018
I have now worked with James on two occasions, and will definitely use his service again if and when needed. James was professional and thorough with the inspections he did for me, and he provided his reports and responded to my questions in a very timely manner. Overall, James is a highly skilled and experienced inspector who is most pleasant to work with.
- J.S., Saskatoon ON, July 2017
James was very thorough and knowledgeable. He kept us updated with his findings at every turn with explanations and suggestions along the way. Very pleased!
- C.C., Keswick ON, April 2017
Very thorough and provided helpful information throughout the inspection with explanations on why the repairs need to be done and the various options on how to do the repair. Thank you.
- K.S., Markham ON, March 2017
Excellent inspection report - very detailed and nicely presented with clear colour photos. Informative 1 hour tour with James explaining everything to us in layman's terms. We like the suggested costs for the repairs as it assists us in knowing roughly what we may need to expend. The fact that we can contact James at anytime in the future to ask questions and seek advice without additional fees in a true bonus. One gets the impression that James truly wants us to have a nice, safe and efficient home and is actually excited for us to achieve such. Dean Kemper & Leslie Kimberley-Kemper
- D.K., Markham ON, March 2017
Very thorough, my family who was there during the inspection are all going to use him as well!
- D.M., Ajax ON, November 2016
Perfect! Thank you, James.
- A.S., Toronto ON, October 2016
So happy with the service! Learned a lot about our home-to-be, was given very clear explanations of some of the problems (the why, the cost, the hazards, etc.), and came away with a comprehensive list of projects and solutions to get started on after the move. Would recommend to ANYone looking for a reliable and personable inspector. Definitely above and beyond!!
- M.H., Brantford ON, August 2016
James did a thorough review of the home. We appreciated the time he took to not only review aspects in detail but also provide suggestions to improvements without overpaying for repairs. James went above and beyond by making observations not typically included in a home inspection. He is very down-to-earth in his approach and never makes you feel like you're asking a silly question. His enthusiasm shines through! We will most definitely be in contact with him in the near future because he really knows his stuff! I'd never hesitate to recommend James to anyone.
- F.M., Brantford ON, August 2016
Being a real estate agent for over 35 years, and often requiring the services of a home inspector, I need to have an inspector that is thorough, knowledgeable, can accurately assess any defects found and can connect on a personal level with the client during an inspection. Then a need to followup with accurate reports in a timely fashion that are detailed and informative to the client. James is excellent on all counts and I highly recommend him to my clients, to other real estate professionals and to anyone needing the services of a quality professional inspector.
- D.I., Port Perry ON, July 2016
James is great and reliable
- R.B., Toronto Ont, July 2016
James did an excellent job of thoroughly looking at the house as well as explaining the issues and exactly what we needed to do to fix them. He also gave us ballpark estimates of the cost to fix those issues. He had our report ready in less than 24 hrs. Very knowledgeable and professional. This wasn't the first time we used him and we're very happy both times. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
- , June 2016
James did an excellent job of thoroughly looking at the house as well as explaining the issues and exactly what we needed to do to fix them. He also gave us ballpark estimates of the cost to fix those issues. He had our report ready in less than 24 hrs. Very knowledgeable and professional. This wasn't the first time we used him and we're very happy both times. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
- , June 2016
James you are very thorough and knowledgable. Thank you for sharing your ideas and suggestions with us. We also found you to be kind and sincere. We will be in touch again.
- J.S., Markham ON, June 2016
Thanks again James for a complete and thorough inspection of our new home. We appreciated the feedback for all the good and bad areas of the home.
- A.H., Brooklin ON, May 2016
Thank you James for your professionalism in providing us with such a thorough and excellent inspection. We were very impressed in your feedback. It was so detailed, and having the pictures accompany the explanations and recommendations was very informative. I highly recommend James, and certainly would use him again in the future. Angie May, 2016
- A.M., Woodbridge, ON, May 2016
James is by far and a long shut the best inspector we ever had. He is incredibly Proffesional, detailed, dedicated, punctual and honest. He brings tremendous expertise and peace of mind every time we have had the privilege of hiring his services. We highly recommend James and will not buy any property without his blessing.
- S.S., Thornhill ON, May 2016
Thank you for giving us piece of mind on our home purchase again! 10 years ago we used your services and your report was spot on.
- G.S., Stoufville ON, May 2016
We are very happy with the inspection services James provided. Thank you.
- N.S., Toronto ON, April 2016
I found James to be personable and informative. He took the time to describe all the details regarding his findings in every area. He was very thorough and precise. I am very happy with the report provided to me. Would highly recommend James for your inspection needs.
- T.P., Toronto ON, April 2016
Even on a brandnew purchase you found many jobs that needed completion. Without your backup, it would have ended up costing me way more...than you did. ?? Great job...thank you!
- B.M., Uxbridge ON, March 2016
Very thorough job and informative! Thanks!
- W.M., Markham, ON, March 2016
Awesome Thanks again.
- J.F., Toronto ON, July 2015
James is very professional, knowledgeable, and relates exceptionally well with my clients. He explains his findings and welcomes questions as he goes over and through the property. James is my "Go To Guy" for Home Inspections in Durham Region and the Kawartha Lakes. I know he conducts Inspections in Toronto as well, and would be my first choice for clients in that area. I highly recommend James!
- G.L., Port Perry ON, January 2015
James, thank you for doing an excellent job! wie'll highly recommend you to our friends and relatives.
- R.C., Markham ON, January 2015
Thank you, James for the professionalism and diligence you demonstrated during our home inspection. You took the time to explain in detail your recommendations, and the report that followed was very thorough. Best regards, Jeff & Maria
- J.D., Markham ON, December 2014
Always a thorough and informative process.
- V.C., Toronto ON, December 2014
Thank you for being so thorough and detailed with your explanations. Your patience is much appreciated especially in dealing with someone with minimal experience with home ownership and maintenance.
- N.T., Mississauga ON, October 2014