Compliance Orders and Penalties
An AIT officer is authorized to issue a compliance order to any person who is contravening the Act or Regulations, directing them to comply within a specific time frame and in accordance with specific directions.
If that person refuses or fails to comply with the terms specified in the compliance order, the AIT officer will apply to the courts for an order requiring the person to comply with the Act.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
There is no minimum fine specified in the Act. The Crown Prosecutor may suggest an appropriate fine in a particular case, however the decision is at the discretion of the Court, up to a maximum of $15,000 for each offence.
The Minister may suspend or cancel a person’s trade or occupational certificate or an apprenticeship contract:
- if the certificate has been improperly altered, obtained by misrepresentation or fraud, was improperly entered into or granted due to an administrative error, or has been used by someone other than the certificate or contract holder, and
- if there has been an irregularity in the taking of an exam required under the Act.
On the recommendation of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, the Minister may also suspend or cancel a person’s trade or occupational certificate or apprenticeship contract if the person is not maintaining an acceptable standard of quality or skill in their trade or occupation.
If circumstances warrant (such as fraudulent activity), charges may also be pursued under the Criminal Code of Canada.