City of Hamilton staff say Hamilton’s licensing regulations have no role in potential fines under the Provincial Offenses Act that could be levied on Hamilton businesses participating in the ‘Freedom Convoy’ disruptions from Ottawa.
“The City of Hamilton bylaws provide regulation and apply only within the limits of the municipality. Activities taking place outside the municipal boundaries would not fall under the jurisdiction of the City to enforce the law. City of Ottawa authorities would be the lead agency to act on any illegal behavior or acts,” the City of Hamilton wrote in a statement responding to questions.
Section 14(1)(d) of Hamilton Licensing Regulations states that the City may hold a hearing to revoke licenses where “fines for convictions under the Provincial offenses Act are due and unpaid,
or any ban or other court order issued as a result of such conviction has been breached by Licensee. »
Vehicles belonging to Hamilton businesses were photographed in Ottawa.
A trailer bearing B & G Heating Air Conditioning & Ventilation markings is clearly visible in widely circulated photos showing a cabin being built by participants of the “Freedom Convoy” in a park across from Ottawa City Hall.
HVAC contractors operating in Hamilton must be licensed by the City of Hamilton. For HVAC contractors, this involved a basic qualification check, including disclosure of any criminal or recent violations of provincial offenses law.
Licensing of the trucking and towing industries is the responsibility of the Province of Ontario.