Professional Engineers Ontario

Professional Engineers Ontario

November 09, 2009 14:13 ET

Engineering Licensing Body Obtains Order Against Toronto Man

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2009) - Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) today obtained an Order plus costs in the amount of $2,500 against Michael James Tolfo, requiring that he refrain from using an engineering seal in Ontario. The Order was obtained under the Professional Engineers Act in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, at Osgoode Hall, Toronto.

Tolfo has never held a licence to practise professional engineering or a Certificate of Authorization in Ontario.

Under the Professional Engineers Act, a public protection statute, only individuals who are licensed as professional engineers by PEO or hold a temporary licence from PEO may represent themselves as professional engineers, engage in the practice of professional engineering and in the business of providing to the public in Ontario services that are within the practice of professional engineering or use a seal that will lead the public to the belief that a person is a professional engineer.

PEO brought the application after receiving information from a professional engineer, of whom Tolfo was a former client, who complained that his engineering drawings had been altered and his engineering seal had been used by Tolfo without his prior knowledge and consent in an application for a building permit.

PEO's investigation revealed that Tolfo had retained the professional engineer to provide engineering drawings to Tolfo for an alteration to Tolfo's residence. The work was produced and formed part of a building permit application by Tolfo to the City of Toronto.

The engineer later found out that Tolfo had altered the drawings and filed them with the Building Department in support of a new building permit application without the engineer's prior knowledge or consent.

Neil Perrier of Perrier Law Professional Corporation represented PEO on the application.

After reviewing the affidavit evidence and hearing the submissions of counsel for PEO, the Honourable Mr.Justice Matlow found that Tolfo had breached the Professional Engineers Act and ordered that he refrain from using an engineering seal in Ontario until such time as he is licensed as a professional engineer.

Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act to serve and protect the public interest by licensing Ontario's 72,000 professional engineers, granting temporary, limited and provisional licences to practise professional engineering, and permitting more than 4,200 firms and individuals to offer engineering services to the public under Certificates of Authorization. Under the Professional Engineers Act, a Certificate of Authorization is required before any individual or business can provide professional engineering services to the public.

PEO also disciplines professional engineers and firms that fail to maintain the profession's technical and ethical standards, and prosecutes in the Courts those practising professional engineering without a licence, or using a term, title or designation that may lead others to believe they are entitled to practise.

Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a Code of Ethics that puts the public interest first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. Limited engineering licensees can be identified by the LEL after their names.

/For further information: David Smith, Manager, Communications
Tel: 416-840-1068; 800-339-3716, ext.1068

Contact Information

  • David Smith, Manager, Communications, Professional Engineers Ontario
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1068
    Toll-Free: 800-339-3716