Niagara Region Contractor Convicted
Placed on Probation and Ordered to Refund Eleven Consumers
On August 28, 2015, Calvin Gordon, operating as Home-Tek Exteriors, was convicted under the Consumer Protection Act. Gordon was placed on probation for two years. He was also ordered to pay a total of $11,200 in restitution.
During Mr. Gordon's probation period, he is prohibited from owning, operating or acting as an officer or director in any company that provides home renovation services or other home residential products and services. He was ordered to have no association or communication with his co-accused, the consumers, or their families.
Mr. Gordon and the co-accused entered into consumer agreements with 11 consumers across the Niagara Region and Toronto area for home exterior renovations. Each consumer provided a monetary deposit. In some cases, only the materials were provided. In other cases, the consumers received nothing in return for their deposits. In every instance, the work was not completed and refunds were not provided.
Justice of the Peace Chernish of the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines convicted Calvin Gordon of the following charge:
- engaging in an unfair practice by making false, misleading or deceptive representations to consumers between January to September 2013
- 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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