Business fined $25,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation
Convicted - Richview Acres Limited
Location - Grand River
Description of Offence - The conviction relates to the discharge of manure into a ditch which drained into a floodplain.
Date of Offence - on or about May 2, 2016
Date of Conviction - February 2, 2018
Penalty Imposed - On February 2, 2018, Richview Acres Limited was convicted of one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), was fined $25,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $6,250. The defendant was given one year to pay the fine.
- On April 29, 2016, ministry staff attended Richview Acres for the purpose of conducting a proactive inspection.
- During the inspection, several potential violations were observed.
- On May 2, 2016, ministry staff observed a possible manure discharge from an outdoor confinement area, which flowed across the road and through an adjacent field and into a ditch ending up in a flood plain of the Grand River.
- The matter was referred to the ministry's Investigation and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and a conviction.