2442259 Ontario Inc. owns a 32-trailer mobile home park in Sault Ste Marie, operating as Rosedale Trailer Park located on Fish Hatchery Road.
The company purchased the Rosedale Trailer Park in February 2015. In 1971, the Sault Ste Marie Health Unit issued a “temporary approval” for the septic system at the Rosedale Trailer Park. The trailers at the site discharge into 11 septic tanks and three septic beds. One of those three septic beds receives sewage from 28 trailers.
Since 1971, the ministry has not received any applications for ministry approval for the sewage works, aside from one application in 2006 which was returned because it was “grossly incomplete”. In October 2016, following the company’s purchase of the Rosedale Trailer Park, ministry staff attended the site to conduct an inspection. At that time, the ministry requested that the company participate in voluntary abatement and submit a completed sewage works application by September 1, 2017. The company did not submit the application.
In May 2019, the company reported that its sewage system field bed was failing and that sewage could be seen rising to the surface. The company subsequently retained professional services to pump out the septic tanks on a weekly basis.
In June 2019, the ministry advised the company that a new sewage system was required and that such system would need to be approved prior to construction. During a subsequent ministry inspection in November 2019, the sewage system was observed to have been modified, however the company had still not submitted a sewage works application. In March 2021, a ministry Order was issued to the company requiring several work items to be completed. In particular, the company was required to submit a completed application for ministry approval for the on-site sewage works and provide a copy of the completed application to ministry staff.
In May 2021, the company contacted the ministry to advise of another sewage system failure. The company failed to submit a completed application for ministry approval for the on-site sewage works and provide a copy of the completed application to ministry staff as set out in the ministry Order by the deadline.
At the time of conviction, neither of the work order items had been completed. The ministry’s Environmental Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges which resulted in the convictions.
2442259 Ontario Inc. was convicted of two violations (counts) under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).
- Failing to submit a completed application for ministry approval of an on-site sewage works
- Failing to provide a copy of the completed application to ministry staff
Fined $8,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $2,000, and given six months to pay.