Illegal Electrical Work in Schools – Contractors Fined

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A general contractor and a licensed electrical contractor have been convicted and fined for illegal electrical work done in several schools in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas.

Mario Giroux, owner of Construction “G,” pleaded guilty April 3 in Ottawa’s Ontario Court of Justice to 13 counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence, eight counts of failing to apply for inspection and one count of leaving an unsafe condition.

April 24, Nick Medewar of NM Electric was convicted of six counts of illegally taking out electrical permits on behalf of an unlicensed contractor working for Construction “G.”

An Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) investigation revealed work done at 13 schools was not in compliance with electrical safety regulations; serious electrical hazards were discovered at one site.

Construction “G” hired a worker who performed electrical work on its behalf but did not ensure this worker held the required electrical contractor licence. The worker later arranged to have electrical permits taken out illegally by Medewar, a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC), for work at several schools and at least one residential site in Eastern Ontario. The worker has been charged with doing electrical work without a licence; that case is before the courts.

The court fined Giroux $58,750, and Medewar $7,500.

Only Licensed Electrical Contractors are permitted to contract to perform electrical work in Ontario under Ontario Regulation 570/05, Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians. Prosecutions are conducted under the Provincial Offences Act.

The ESA worked with the school board to ensure all electrical defects were corrected by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.

More Information
    The ESA maintains a searchable database of licensed electricians. Call ESA at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233) to report misrepresentations.

    Review a list of convictions obtained after ESA investigations.

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