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Ottawa, Mar 29 (Canadian-Media): An announcement of an emergency order had been made by Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Mar 28 that penalties would be levied on price gouging on the necessary goods needed for Ontarians for themselves and their families' protection from COVID-19, media reports said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
The emergency order, which is effective Mar 28 will remain in effect for the duration of the declared provincial emergency.
A ticket worth $750 would be issued to an individual for violating the order and if summoned to court and convicted, could face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and one year in jail.
Company director or officer, if convicted could face a fine of up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail, and a fine of up to $10 million could be levied on a corporation.
The emergency order prohibits Ontario retail businesses and individuals to charge unfair prices for necessary goods, including masks and gloves used as personal protective equipment to prevent infections; non-prescription medications for the treating symptoms of the coronavirus; disinfecting agents for cleaning and disinfecting objects or humans; Personal hygiene products, including soap products and paper products.
The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) prohibits persons, including retailers, from selling necessary goods for unconscionable prices -- exceeds the price at which similar goods are readily available to like consumers. which is consistent with well-established principles from the Consumer Protection Act.