Toronto Contractor Convicted of Unfair Practice
Ordered to Refund Consumer and Placed on Probation
On August 12, 2015, Weston Iron Design Inc. was convicted and sentenced under the Consumer Protection Act. The company was placed on probation for one year and a representative of the company is required to report to a probation officer over that period. Weston Iron Design was also fined $5,000 and required to pay a total of $2,200 in restitution to one consumer.
Weston Iron Design Inc. entered into a contract with a consumer for home renovations. The consumer provided Weston Iron Design Inc. with a $2,200 deposit for custom stair railings, but the company failed to do the work and the deposit was not returned.
Justice of the Peace Wong of the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto convicted Weston Iron Design Inc. of the following charge:
- engaging in an unfair practice by making false, misleading or deceptive representations to consumers
- Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002 provides for fines of up to $250,000 for corporations per charge and $50,000 per charge for individuals convicted of offences. It also provides for jail terms of up to two years less a day for each offence.
- The act empowers the court to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.
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