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Toronto Baked Goods Manufacturer fined $65,000 for Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) Violation

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Toronto Baked Goods Manufacturer fined $65,000 for Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) Violation

Convicted - Fiera Foods Company

Location - Toronto

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to expansion of a plant without the required Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) having been issued by the ministry.

Date of Offence - on or about March 14, 2014 and ending on or about February 16, 2016

Date of Conviction - January 17, 2018

Penalty Imposed - Fiera Foods Company was convicted of one offence under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), was fined $65,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $16,250 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Fiera Foods Company (Fiera Foods) produces frozen dough and baked goods at a manufacturing plant on Marmora St., in Toronto, which operates under a 2014 Environmental Complaince Approval (ECA) for air and noise emissions.
  • In January 2015, ministry staff conducted an inspection of the Marmora site, and became aware that the plant was under construction to expand its operations, to an adjacent site also on Marmora St.During the course of 2015, plant construction was completed and began operation.
  • In July 2015, Fiera Foods submitted an application to amend its existing ECA, but the application was incomplete.
  • In January 2016, the ministry received noise complaints from residents living in the vicinity of the Marmora plant, who identified the newly renovated Fiera Foods Marmora site as the source of the noise.
  • In February 2016, a Provincial Officer's Order was issued, requiring that Fiera Foods submit a completed ECA amendment application.
  • The incidents were referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and one conviction, through a guilty plea.

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