TORONTO — A+ Development and Management Corporation of Toronto and the firm’s director have been convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice for operating an electrical contracting business without a licence. Both were also convicted of failing to apply for electrical inspection, stated a release from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). They pleaded guilty to all charges.
A+ Development was fined $10,000 plus a $2,500 victim surcharge. The director was given a suspended sentence.
The company was hired to complete a full renovation of 92 units in a residential building. It was determined the firm failed to hire a licensed electrical contractor (LEC) for the electrical work performed as part of the renovation contract and did not apply for inspection of electrical work.
Following an ESA investigation and charges, A+ Development voluntarily hired an LEC to rectify all electrical defects and arranged for the ESA to conduct a follow-up electrical inspection of the units which resulted in ESA certificates of inspection.
Those looking to hire for electrical work should ensure the contractor holds all required qualifications and licences, including an ECRA/ESA licence for electrical work, and all appropriate notifications and inspections have been secured, said the ESA.