Charges: Part III Provincial Offences Act summons for offences under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, sec. 5 – unauthorized use of the title of a compulsory trade to describe himself or herself in his or her work; sec. 6 – represent or hold out expressly or by implication that he or she is a member of the Ontario College of Trades; sec. 86(2) – knowingly make false representation.
Summary: On July 13, 2017, Ontario College of Trades inspectors conducted an inspection at a Toronto residence after receiving a complaint alleging that an unauthorized individual was performing compulsory trade work. The inspectors determined that Eric Masell was using the title of ‘licensed plumber’ to describe himself in his work while he did not hold a Certificate of Qualification or a Statement of Membership in the compulsory trade of plumber (306A) that is not suspended, and while he was not an apprentice in the trade working pursuant to a registered training agreement that is not suspended.
On October 19, 2017 Eric Masell was convicted of the section 5 charge in a Toronto Court and was ordered to pay a fine of $3,200 plus a $800 victim fine surcharge. In addition, the court issued a two-year probation order for Mr. Masell.