The Ontario College of Trades (the College) has fined Richard D. Hazel for five different violations under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (the Act).
In December, 2013, the College conducted an inspection at a construction site in Burlington and found Mr. Hazel performing the work of an Electrician – Construction and Maintenance (309A) without certification, which is a violation under the Act, Section 2.
In February, 2014, the College, in partnership with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), conducted an inspection at a construction site in Hamilton and found Mr. Hazel engaging in practice, use of title, without a valid Certificate of Qualification, which is a violation under the Act, section 86 (1); and falsely representing himself as having a certificate or statement which is a violation under the Act, section 86 (2).
“This is a great example of how working together with our partners, we can protect the public from uncertified and unlicensed workers,” said Bob Onyschuk, Director of Compliance and Enforcement for the Ontario College of Trades.
On October 2, 2014, Mr. Hazel pleaded guilty at the Hamilton Courthouse to all five charges.
The College is an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades. One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practise this trade in Ontario.
“Members of the public have a right to expect that companies and individuals they engage to do the work of compulsory trades have the legal qualifications to perform that work. Tradespeople, who have invested time and money in achieving their professional status in the trades, deserve to work on a level playing field, and be protected from the underground economy,” adds Onyschuk.
Anyone working in a compulsory trade must have obtained a Certificate of Qualification in that trade and be a member in good standing with the College. The public can confirm a compulsory trade professional’s qualifications through the College’s public register, available on our website.
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