MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — An Orleans, Ont. man was convicted in an Ottawa court and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for advertising for electrical work without a licence.
Yvon Richer, who was convicted Aug. 29, has a history of non-compliance, notes an Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) statement.
In 2014 Richer was convicted by Provincial Offences Court in Ottawa on two counts: working without an electrical contractor's licence and failing to take out a permit for electrical work. He received a fine of $1,000 plus a victim fine surcharge on each count. Richer was also ordered to pay a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge for the recent conviction.
"In Ontario, only licensed electrical contractors are legally allowed to perform electrical work for hire and advertise to engage to perform electrical work," says Normand Breton, registrar, contractor licensing with the ESA.
"Unfortunately, we see too many examples of unlicensed contractors advertising for electrical services, which is against the law. Although online sites and referrals can be a good way to source trades, business owners and homeowners must verify the contractor is licensed before hiring."
To verify or find a licensed electrical contractor, visit findacontractor.esasafe.com.