7:30 a.m., Sept. 28)
Fraudulent electrical contractor handed $10K in fines
not every consumer has heard of the term “Caveat Emptor”
or the contract law principle of “Buyer Beware”. Potential
shoppers need to be more aware and execute due diligence
when purchasing goods and services through private sales,
referrals or online sites.
prime example of doing the required homework was illustrated
on Aug. 29 when Yvon Richer of Orleans, Ontario, was con-victed
in an Ottawa court and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine plus
a 25% ($2,500) victim surcharge for advertising electrical
work without a licence on Kijiji.
for Richer, he has a prior history of misbehaviour when
it comes to his fraudulent services. Fortunately for consumers,
his illegal activity was identified and dealt with by
2014, Richer was convicted by the Provincial Offences
Court in Ottawa on two counts of working without an electrical
contractor’s licence and failing to take out a permit
for electrical work.
didn’t learn his lesson the first time after being issued
a fine of $1,000 plus a victim surcharge on each count.
safety is a partnership and we all have a role to play,”
says Scott Saint, Chief Public Safety Officer with the
Electrical Safety Authority.
has dedicated resources to help combat contractors from
doing electrical work without a licence which is what
helped secure this conviction. It is also the responsibility
of home-owners to do their homework and make sure the
contractors they hire are properly licensed. Your family’s
safety is at stake when you take shortcuts with electrical
promotes itself as an online classified advertising service
that operates as a centralized network of online communities
for posting local ads but it cannot check the certificates
and qualifications of each vendor.
Ontarians turn to online ads to source services for their
home but when it comes to your home, you should always
do your homework.
family’s safety is at stake when you take shortcuts with
electrical upgrades in your home. On the ESA website www.esasafe.com
the message is clear – always hire a Licensed Electrical
Contractor. It’s the law.
Electrical Contractors are the ONLY business in Ontario
legally allowed to do electrical work in your home. Failing
to hire one could result in injury, death, loss of property,
or denied insurance claims.
anyone believes Richer conducted work on their property,
contact ESA’s Customer Service Centre at 1-877-372-7233.
They can provide assistance to help ensure the electrical
work that has been done is safe and to code.
When searching for licensed electrical contractor ESA
suggests following these guidelines.
ask for their electrical contrac-tor’s licence number
from ECRA/ESA. It should be on their business card, estimate
and their vehicle.
make sure to get an ESA Certificate of Inspection for
your records, when the electrical work is complete. You
can verify and/or find a Licensed Electrical Contractor
in Ontario using ESA’s using the ‘search by contractor’
function on their website.
Licensed Electrical Contractors are fully insured, will
arrange permits, can offer a Certificate of Inspection
and will willingly provide references. .
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