Charges: Part III Provincial Offences Act summons for offences under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, sec. 2 – individual engaging in compulsory trade – without Certificate of Qualification that is not suspended.
Summary: On November 28, 2017, Ontario College of Trades inspectors conducted an inspection at an automotive shop located at 50-1 Charterhouse Cres., London, ON in connection with work done on a Ford Explorer having suffered a “wheel off” accident on Highway 401.
The inspectors determined that between October 24 and 26, 2017, Gerald Essex had replaced two lower ball joints on the Ford Explorer while he did not hold a Certificate of Qualification or a Statement of Membership in the compulsory trade of automotive service technician (310S), and while he was not an apprentice in the trade working pursuant to a registered training agreement.
On July 30, 2018, Gerald Essex was convicted of the charge in a London court and ordered to pay a fine of $2,500 plus a $625 victim fine surcharge.