Construction company with ties to Belleville fined $17,500 for falsifying documents

Standard Paving Limited, a Nova Scotia-based company with ties to Kingston, Frontenac County, and Belleville, and its owner Shane Ross were the defendants in a case recently heard at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston. Kingstonist file photos

A Kingston court has fined Standard Paving Limited, a corporation based in Nova Scotia but which was previously hired and fired by the City of Belleville, $17,500 for “applying a facsimile of a professional engineer’s seal to design drawings without the knowledge or consent of the professional engineer,” according to Professional Engineers Ontario.

In the summer of 2019, Standard Paving was retained by a homeowner to assist in rebuilding their home in Clarendon Station, north of Sharbot Lake, after it was damaged by fire. Standard Paving Limited then submitted the drawings containing the forged seal to the Township of Central Frontenac in connection with a building permit application. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, the company pleaded guilty to one count of breaching section 40(2)(c) and one count of breaching section 40(3)(b) of the Professional Engineers Act in connection with this conduct. His Worship David J. Auger imposed a $17,500 fine on Standard Paving Limited.

This comes after the company’s owner, Shane Ross, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for civil contempt in 2021 after a court found Ross engaged in deceptive and fraudulent conduct both personally and through his companies in relation to his dealings with the Clarendon Station homeowners. A more detailed description of the previous judgement can be found here.

The City of Belleville has also had dealings with the same company that ended badly. In 2019, Council cancelled two contracts with Standard Paving. These contracts involved construction of a washroom pavilion in West Zwick’s Centennial Park and the reconstruction of an entrance area at the city’s water treatment plant. Council then sued Standard Paving for over $344,900 to account for losses due to alleged breach of contract and legal fees.

“Unfortunately we weren’t getting the cooperation we needed from the contractor,” then-Mayor Mitch Panciuk told The Belleville Intelligencer at the time.

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