Mississauga Contractor Convicted
Placed on Probation and Ordered to Pay Victims
On May 23, 2017 Jeffrey Cabral Da Silva of Mississauga pleaded guilty to, and was convicted of one count of engaging in unfair practice contrary to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.
Mr. Da Silva was placed on probation for two years and fined $1,000, which must be paid within one year. Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes also required Mr. Da Silva to pay approximately $6,000 in restitution to the victims, and precluded him from taking more than 20% of the value of a contract as a deposit.
Mr. Da Silva, operating under the business name Reno-Pros Interior and Exterior Design, collected over $8,300 in deposits from consumers for his services as a contractor. The projects were either never started, or had minimal work completed before Mr. Da Silva failed to return and ceased communication with the clients.
The summer season is an opportune time for many home owners to begin making renovations and improvements. To protect themselves and their homes, consumers are reminded to visit the ministry's Consumer's Beware List before entering a contract with any company, and to visit Consumer Protection Ontario for tips on how to safely enter a contract.
- 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 for individuals.
- The act empowers the court to order offenders to pay compensation or make restitution to victims.
- Visit Consumer Protection Ontario for tips and advice on how to be a smart consumer.