By Anthony Capkun
September 19, 2013 – John Marynowycz of Burlington, Ont.—operating as Amascott Electric—was convicted on charges related to performing electrical work illegally. This is the second conviction in two years for Marynowycz, who was convicted in December 2012 for working without an electrical contractor’s licence.
Marynowycz was found guilty on one count of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence, and one count of failing to apply for an application for inspection. The total fine was $2500 for the violations, plus a $610 victim impact surcharge.
Under Ontario Regulation 570/05, Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, only Licensed Electrical Contractors are permitted to contract to perform electrical work in Ontario.
Marynowycz was subcontracted by a general contractor to provide electrical contracting services for a residential renovation, including the kitchen and basement. The homeowner then tried to sell the property upon completion of the renovation, only to discover the electrical work had not been inspected by Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority.
Marynowycz did not hold a valid electrical contractor licence and was not legally allowed to perform the electrical work.
Normand Breton, ESA’s general manager, harm mitigation (who oversees ESA’s electrical contractor licensing system), reminds consumers to follow The 3 Cs:
• check to ensure the contractor holds a valid electrical contractor licence, which you can search at www.esasafe.com
• confirm they are arranging the appropriate inspections from ESA
• call ESA at (877) 372-7233 when you suspect someone is misrepresenting themselves.