Toronto Contractor Convicted for Unfair Practice
Convicted: Bruce Allen, owner of Bruce Allen Design.
Description of Offence: Unfair practice under Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (the act).
Date of Offence: Between March 28, 2014 - July 21, 2015.
Date of Conviction: January 9, 2019 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto by Her Worship S. Mankovsky.
- A suspended sentence.
- Twenty-four month non-reporting probation order with a payment plan totalling $12,000.
- Stand-alone restitution order for $28,000 payable to the consumer.
- A Toronto consumer entered into an agreement with Mr. Allen for repairs and major renovations, including waterproofing work.
- The consumer paid $38,800.
- Mr. Allen performed work, but did not complete the work and failed to provide a refund.
- 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.
- Consumer Protection Ontario reminds consumers to: