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PEO lays 352 charges in crane inspection case

PEO lays 352 charges in crane inspection case

TORONTO — Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the regulating body for professional engineering in the province, has laid 352 charges against Jay Lawrence Harding, also known as Jaye Lawrence Harding, for allegedly misrepresenting his credentials while working in the Kitchener-Waterloo region of the province.

The charges were laid against Harding under the Professional Engineers Act and the Provincial Offences Act for allegedly falsely representing himself as a professional engineer, states a release.

Harding is charged with using a forged seal and the title of a licensed professional engineer in the course of performing, under the name AJ Ontario Hoist Inspections, at least 80 “inspections” and “non-destructive tests” of cranes and lifting devices in the Region of Waterloo in 2021.

According to PEO’s member registry, Harding is not presently and has never been licensed as a professional engineer in Ontario. PEO is also alleging Harding does not hold a non-destructive testing certification.

Harding is said to have relocated to New Brunswick in 2022 and incorporated a new sole proprietorship named AJ Hoist Inspections.

PEO continues its investigation.

The regulator asks anyone in possession of a sealed or stamped document or certification bearing the name “J.L. Harding,” “J. Harding,” “Jay Harding,” “AJ Ontario Hoist Inspections” or “AJ Hoist Inspections,” or who has engaged any of the entities for professional engineering or inspection services, should contact PEO’s enforcement hotline at 416-840-1444 or 1-800-339-3716 ext. 1444, or by writing to

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