Eastern Ontario Contractors Convicted
Placed on Probation and Ordered to Repay Consumers
On August 31, 2017 Francis Lizotte and Steve Pasztor of Orleans Caulking, in Thurso, Quebec, plead guilty to and were convicted of two counts of providing a contract that did not comply with the regulations of the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.
Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault ordered Lizotte, as the sole proprietor of Orleans Caulking, to pay $10,000 in restitution to one consumer and $7,000 to another. Pasztor was fined $500. Lizotte and Pasztor were also placed on probation for two years. The consumers, who were seniors, lived in Orleans.
Pasztor, an employee of Orleans Caulking, signed agreements with two households to do repair work. In both cases, the consumers paid the company in advance. One consumer disputed the quality of work performed. The second consumer claimed the work to be performed was not completed. Orleans Caulking provided contracts that did not state the consumers' right to cancel the agreement nor the dates for beginning or completing the work.
Consumers are advised not to feel pressured to sign an agreement at the door or to pay in full before work is completed. To protect themselves, consumers are reminded to visit the ministry's Consumer's Beware List before entering into a contract with any company, and to visit Consumer Protection Ontario for tips on how to safely enter into 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.