Penalties imposed by the courts

This section summarizes penalties imposed by the courts to businesses and individuals in relation to contraventions under the legislation enforced by the Bureau.

2017
2017 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
NGK to pay $550,000 for rigging bids for car parts 2017-12-13 Spark plugs s. 47
Bid-rigging
$550,000 fine
Irving pleads guilty in Quebec gasoline cartel case 2017-11-06 Retail price maintenance in the gasoline industry in Thetford Mines and Sherbrooke (Quebec) s. 61
Retail price maintenance
$287,583 fine
Cardinal Ventilation Inc., company linked to Les Industries Garanties Limitée 2017-10-27 Ventilation contract in the Faubourg St-Laurent Phase II project s. 47
Bid-rigging
$375,000 fine
Houmam Al Nashar, estimator for Les Industries Garanties Limitée 2017-10-10 Ventilation contract in the Faubourg St-Laurent Phase II project s. 47
Bid-rigging
50 hours of community service and collaborate with the Bureau as this matter progresses
9201-2640 Québec Inc. 2017-06-20 Installation of ventilation systems s. 47
Bid-rigging
$140,000 fine
Thompson Hill Publishing 2017-05-24 Sold online and hard-copy directory listings s. 52.1
Deceptive telemarketing
$180,000 fine
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 2017-04-25 Car parts manufacturer s. 47
Bid-rigging
s. 45
Conspiracy
$13.4 million fine
Dollar Thrifty 2017-04-24 Car rental s. 74
False or misleading representations
$1.25 million administrative monetary penalties
Hertz 2017-04-24 Car rental s. 74
False or misleading representations
$1.25 million administrative monetary penalties
Aquaréhab Eau Potable 2017-02-17 Water and sewer system infrastructure s. 47
Bid‑rigging
$160,000 fine
Mega Byte Information 2017-02-06 Sold subscriptions to online directories s. 52.1
Deceptive telemarketing
$450,000 fine
Georges Haligua 2017-02-06 Sold subscriptions to online directories s. 52.1
Deceptive telemarketing
Prohibited from engaging in telemarketing for 10 years.
2016
2016 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Jacqueline Kolthoff 2016-10-28 Office supplies and medical kits s. 52.1
Deceptive telemarketing
16-months of imprisonment to be served in the community and to two years’ probation. Prohibited from engaging in telemarketing for 10 years.
Construction Benvas Inc. 2016-10-11 Infrastructure repair project s. 47
Bid-rigging
s. 45
Conspiracy
$100,000 fine
Linda Graham 2016-08-24 Federal government contracts for the supply of professional information technology (IT) s. 47
Bid-rigging
s. 45
Conspiracy
$20,000 fine
90 hours of community service
18-month conditional sentence, with the first six months to be served under house arrest
Les Entreprises de ventilation Climasol Inc. 2016-03-14 Ventilation contract s. 47
Bid-rigging
$130,000 fine
Roch Raby 2016-03-14 Ventilation contract s. 47
Bid-rigging
$10,000 fine
Chalifoux Sani Laurentides Inc. 2016-02-08 Specialized sewer services s. 47
Bid‑rigging
$118,000 fine
2015
2015 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Groupe Esthétix 2015-12-17 Specialized sewer services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$10,000 fine
Les Entreprises Paysagistes Gaspard inc. 2015-06-23 Supply of water services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$117,000 fine
Éric Chenail 2015-06-22 Online
business
directories
52(1) Competition Act
52.1(3)(a) Competition Act
52.1(2)(a) Competition Act
52.1(2)(b) Competition Act
Deceptive
telemarketing
$10,000 fine
4 months conditional sentence
175 hours of community service
Carl Rubat‑Du‑Mérac 2015-05-29 Online
business
directories
52.1(3)(a) Competition Act
52.1(2)(a) Competition Act
52.1(2)(b) Competition Act
Deceptive
telemarketing
$5,000 donation to a charitable organization
2 months conditional sentence
175 hours of community service
Stephen Forgie 2015-05-21 Federal government contracts for the supply of professional information technology (IT) s. 47
Bid-rigging
s. 45
Conspiracy
$23,000 fine
60 hours of community service
18-month conditional sentence, with the first six months to be served under house arrest
Michaels of Canada, ULC 2015-05-06 Frames and custom framing services s. 74.01(3)
False or misleading ordinary selling price representations
$3.5 million administrative monetary penalty, and is required to set up a corporate compliance program under the terms of a consent agreement.
Les Pétroles Global Inc. 2015-04-17 Gasoline
retailers
s. 45
Conspiracy
$1 million fine
Amalia DiFalco 2015-04-08 Online
business
directories
52(1) Competition Act
52.1(3)(a) Competition Act
52.1(2)(a) Competition Act
52.1(2)(b) Competition Act
Deceptive
telemarketing
$50,000 fine
15 months conditional sentence
120 hours of community service
2014
2014 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership 2014-11-06 Water Heater s. 79
Abuse of Dominance Provisions
$5 million
administrative monetary penalty

$500,000
Bureau’s investigative costs
DENSO Corporation 2014-08-20 Supplier of motor vehicle components s. 47
Bid-rigging

s. 45
Conspiracy
$2.45 million fine
Matthew Hovila 2014-06-04 Online job
opportunities
scam
s. 52
False or misleading
representations
and s. 66
Contravention of an order
and s. 354 of the Criminal Code
Possession of property obtained by crime
$164,000 fine
Restitution to customers
Richard Béliveau 2014-05-27 Online
business
directories
s. 52.1(2)(b)
s. 52.1(3)(a)
Deceptive
telemarketing

Criminal Code of
Canada
s. 380 Fraud
18 months imprisonment
Overseas Container Forwarding, Inc. 2014-04-09 Ocean Freight Industry s. 45
Conspiracy
$675,000 fine, and is required to set-up a corporate compliance program under the terms of a prohibition order
Elvio Lancione 2014-04-08 Ocean
Freight
Industry
s. 45
Conspiracy
Sentenced to two concurrent conditional sentences of four months and 30 hours of community service
Michael Teixeira 2014-04-08 Ocean
Freight
Industry
s. 45
Conspiracy
Sentenced to two concurrent three-month conditional sentences and 20 hours of community service
ECU Line Canada Inc. 2014-04-08 Ocean
Freight
Industry
s. 45
Conspiracy
$1 million fine, and is required to set-up a corporate compliance program under the terms of a prohibition order
Rogers-Chatr 2014-02-24 Mobile
wireless
services
s. 74.01(1)(b)
False or misleading
representations
$500,000
administrative
monetary
penalty
Matthew Hovila 2014-02-07 Online job opportunities scam s. 52
False or
misleading
representations
and s. 66
Contravention of an order
Sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for operating an online job opportunities scam
2013
2013 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Gilles Tremblay 2013-12-04 Fraudulent and Misleading Telemarketing Calls s. 52.1(2)(b)
s. 52.1(3)(a)
Deceptive
telemarketing

Criminal Code of Canada s. 380 Fraud
9 months of imprisonment to be served in the community and to 12 months probation
Kevin Secours 2013-08-30 Business
directories
s. 52.1(3)(a)
Deceptive
telemarketing
Prohibited from engaging in telemarketing for 10 years
Yves Gosselin 2013-08-16 Gasoline
retailers
s. 45
Conspiracy
$15,000 fine
Michel Lagrandeur 2013-08-16 Gasoline
retailers
s. 45
Conspiracy
$15,000 fine
Linda Proulx 2013-08-16 Gasoline
retailers
s. 45
Conspiracy
$15,000 fine
Claude Berthiaume 2013-06-28 Business directories s. 52.1
False or
misleading
representations
12-month conditional sentence
Matthew Hovila 2013-06-25 Online job opportunities scam s. 52
False or
misleading
representations
 
Hershey Canada Inc. 2013-06-21 Chocolate
confectionery
products
s. 45
Conspiracy
$4 million fine
Louis Facchini 2013-06-13 Federal government contracts in Canada s. 47
Bid-rigging
 
Nestlé Canada Inc., Mars Canada Inc., and ITWAL Limited 2013-06-06 s. 45
Conspiracy
Chocolate Industry  
Sylvie Fréchette and Valérie Houde 2013-03-28 Gasoline
retailers
s. 45
Conspiracy
fines totalling $8,000
Michel Lagrandeur, Linda Proulx and Yves Gosselin 2013-03-22 Gasoline
retailers
s. 45
Conspiracy
 
Steve Green 2013-02-28 Online
business
directories
s. 52.1(3)(a)
Deceptive
telemarketing
$500,000
administrative
monetary penalty
2012
2012 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Canalisation Nord Américaine Ltée 2012-08-31 Sewer services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$15,000 fine
Corporate Research Group Ltd. (CRG) 2012-07-30 Real estate advisory services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$125,000 fine

5 year Prohibition Order
Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd. (Korean Air) 2012-07-19 Air cargo s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,500,000 fine
Rénald Drouin (Colmatec Inc.) 2012-06-19 Sewer services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$50,000 fine

100 hours of community service

2 year probation
Maxzone Auto Parts
(Canada) Corp.
2012-05-03 Aftermarket auto lighting s. 47
Bid-rigging
$1.5 million fine
Société Coopérative Agricole des Bois-Francs 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$124,000 fine
Normand Roy 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Ghislain Lallier 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Martin Fréchette 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Tomas Fréchette 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Marc-Yvan Létourneau 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$10,000 fine
Suncor (Sunoco) Energy 2012-04-13 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$500,000 fine
Pioneer Energy LP, Canadian Tire Corporation, and Mr. Gas 2012-03-20 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$2,035,000 fine
Robert Murphy 2012-03-08 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$7,500 fine
Yellow Page Marketing B.V., Yellow Publishing Ltd., Yellow Data Services Ltd., Yellow Business Marketing Ltd. and BackOffice Support SL

2012-03-01 Online business
directories
s. 74.01(1)(a) False or misleading representations 10 year Order (s.74.1)

$8,000,000 administrative monetary penalty

Corrective notice

Restitution to customers
Jan Marks 2012-03-01 Online business
directories
s. 74.01(1)(a) False or misleading representations $500,000 administrative monetary penalty
Steve Green 2012-03-01 Online business
directories
s. 74.01(1)(a) False or misleading representations $500,000 administrative monetary penalty
Brendon Marsh 2012-03-01 Online business
directories
s. 74.01(1)(a) False or misleading representations $35,000 administrative monetary penalty
Construction G.T.R.L. (1990) Inc. 2012-02-17 Construction s. 47
Bid-rigging
$50,000 fine
Acoustique JCG Inc., and Entreprises de Construction OPC Inc. 2012-02-17 Construction s. 47
Bid-rigging
$25,000 fine
Entreprises de Construction OPC Inc. 2012-02-17 Construction s. 47
Bid-rigging
$25,000 fine
Gary Neiderer 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$3,000 fine
Fabien Chouinard 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$4,000 fine
Jacques Blais 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Louis Blais 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Luc Fecteau 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Yvan Grondin 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Jacques Robert 2012-01-27 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000 fine
Donald Darby 2012-01-09 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$10,000 fine
Domfoam International Inc. and Valle Foam Industries (1995) Inc. 2012-01-06 Polyurethane foam s. 45
Conspiracy
$12.5 million fine
2011
2011 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
MSC Réhabilitation Inc. 2011-11-22 Sewer services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$75,000 fine
bound by a court
Beiersdorf Canada Inc. 2011-09-07 Skin cream s. 74.01(1)(a)False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b) Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
$300,000 administrative monetary penalty

Corrective notice

Restitution to customers

Investigative costs of $80,000
Les Entreprises Promécanic Ltée 2011-07-19 Ventilation s. 47
Bid-rigging
$425,000 fine
Bell Canada, Bell Mobility Inc. and Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership 2011-06-28 Home phone,
internet, television
and wireless services
s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations
$10,000,000 administrative monetary penalty
Investigative costs of $100,000
Claude Bédard 2011-06-10 Gasoline retailers s. 47 Bid-rigging $15,000 fine
Stéphane Grant 2011-06-10 Gasoline retailers s. 47 Bid-rigging $10,000 fine
Micheline
Lapointe-Cabana
2011-05-30 Gasoline retailers s. 47 Bid-rigging $20,000 fine
Kason Industries Inc. 2011-03-08 Commercial food service equipment s. 45
Conspiracy
$250,000 fine
Brent Marsall
(also known as Brent Marshall), also doing business in Alberta as Dynasty Spas and Games Room, Dynasty Spas Inc., also doing business as EcoSmart Spas, and 1232466 Alberta Ltd., also doing business as Dynasty Spas
2011-01-17 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations
$130,000 administrative monetary penalty

10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
2010
2010 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Premier Career Management Group Corp. 2010-12-09 Employment opportunities s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations
$10,000 administrative monetary penalty
Minto Roy 2010-12-09 Employment opportunities s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations
$20,000 administrative monetary penalty
Panasonic Corporation 2010-11-03 Compressors s. 45
Conspiracy
$1,500,000 fine
Cargolux Airlines International S.A. 2010-10-28 Air cargo surcharges s. 45
Conspiracy
$2,500,000 fine
Embraco North America Inc. 2010-10-27 Compressors s. 45
Conspiracy
$1,500,000 fine
Solvay Chemicals Inc. 2010-05-12 Hydrogen
peroxide
s. 45
Conspiracy
$2,500,000 fine
Tassimco Technologies Canada Inc. 2010-01-26 LED module traffic signals s. 47
Bid-rigging
$50,000
fine

10 year Prohibition Order
(s. 34(1))
2009
2009 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Michel Dubreuil 2009-12-07 Gasoline retailers s. 45 Conspiracy 6 months imprisonment to be served in the community

$25,000 donation to charity

Prohibition Order (s.34(1))
British Airways PLC 2009-10-30 Air cargo surcharges s. 45
Conspiracy
$4,500,000 fine
Gisèle Durand 2009-10-23 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
4 months imprisonment to be served in the community

$20,000 donation to charity
David Stucky 2009-08-28 Lottery promotions s.52(1)
False or misleading representations
$2,000,000 fine

10 year Prohibition Order (s. 34(1)) (no mass marketing)

5 year Prohibition Order (s. 34(1)) (must file affidavit stating occupation once/yr)

1 year suspended sentence

18 months probation

Donation of $100,000 to the Salvation Army
Qantas Airways Limited 2009-07-07 Air cargo surcharges s. 45
Conspiracy
$155,000 fine
Société Air France (Air France) 2009-06-26 Air cargo surcharges s. 45
Conspiracy
$4,000,000 fine
Koninklijke Luchtvaart
Maatschappij N.V. (KLM)
2009-06-26 Air cargo surcharges s. 45
Conspiracy
$5,000,000 fine
Martinair Holland
N.V. (Martinair)
2009-06-26 Air cargo surcharges s. 45
Conspiracy
$1,000,000 fine
Avonnlee Pies and Fine Backing Ltd.
(doing business as Wet 'N Wild Funtubs)
and Shelley-Anne Huber
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
Chris Metron, C. Metron Enterprises Inc.
(doing business as Warehouse Guys and Chris' Warehouse) and
Warehouse Guys RS
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
Valley Spas Invermere
(formerly Dynasty Spas and Stuff
doing business as Dynasty Spas Invermere),
Neil Woelfle and Coralie Woelfle
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
Dynastyspasregina Inc.
(doing business as Dynasty Spas Regina)
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
Premium Wholesale Home & Leisure
and Griffin Ryan
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
6474675 Canada Inc.
(doing business as SubZero Hot Tubs & Pool Tables), 6497101 Canada Inc.
(doing business as Premier Wholesalers)
and York Sikora
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
1327974 Alberta Ltd.
(doing business as Dynasty Spa's Saskatoon)
2009-06-25 Hot tubs (Dynasty Spas) s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
Theodore Martin
(former owner of TRM Technologies Inc.)
2009-06-09 IT services s. 47
Bid-rigging
$25,000 fine

TRM Technologies received a Consent Prohibition Order s.34(2)
Daniel Drouin 2009-05-21 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
Absolute discharge

$10,000 donation to charity
Les Pétroles Cadrin inc. 2009-05-21 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$90,000 fine
Jean-Yves Plourde 2009-05-21 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$10,000 fine

150 hours of community service
Curry's Art Store Ltd. 2009-03-31 Art supplies s. 74.01(1)(a)
False or misleading representations

s. 74.01(2)
False or misleading ordinary selling price representations — suppliers generally

s. 74.01(3)
False or misleading ordinary selling price representations — supplier's own
$60,000 administrative monetary penalty

10 year Consent Agreement (s. 74.12)

Corrective notice

Corporate compliance program
Christian Payette 2009-03-30 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
12 months imprisonment to be served in the community

Prohibition Order (3 years)

$5,000 donation to a non-profit organization
Philippe Gosselin & Associés Limitée 2009-03-17 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$600,000 fine

Prohibition Order (3 years)
Carol Lehoux, senior executive, and André Bilodeau, former representative, of Philippe Gosselin & Associés Limitée 2009-03-17 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
10 months imprisonment (to be served in the community)

75 hours community service

Prohibition Order (3 years)
2008
2008 — Penalties imposed by the courts
Company/Individual Date Product Provision of the Competition Act (unless otherwise specified) Penalty
Pierre Bourassa 2008-10-31 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
12 months imprisonment to be served in the community

Prohibition Order (3 years)
Daniel Leblond 2008-09-24 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$10,000 fine

Prohibition Order (3 years)
Les Pétroles Therrien inc. and Distributions Pétrolières Therrien inc. ($179,000); Ultramar ltée ($1,850,000); and individual Jacques Ouellet ($50,000) 2008-06-12 Gasoline retailers s. 45
Conspiracy
$2,079,000 fine

Prohibition Order (3 years)
Imperial Brush Co. Ltd. and Kel Kem Ltd. (carrying on business as Imperial Manufacturing Group) 2008-02-07 Chimney cleaning logs s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
$25,000 administrative monetary penalty

10 year Cease and Desist Order (s. 74.1)
Imperial Brush Co. Ltd. and Kel Kem Ltd. (carrying on business as Imperial Manufacturing Group) 2008-05-14 Chimney cleaning logs s. 74.01(1)(b)
Representations not based on adequate and proper tests
Investigative costs of $40,000

Corrective notice
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