Canadian Manufacturing

Failed Toronto business slapped with $49K fine for not paying employees

Winli Apparel Manufacturing Inc., a garment manufacturer operating in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, went out of business and failed to provide termination pay for some of its workers. The hefty fine was handed down in court August 21


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TORONTO—A garment manufacturer in Toronto’s east end that went out of business and failed to provide termination pay to some of its workers after being ordered to do so has been fined $49,000 in court.

The business, Winli Apparel Manufacturing Inc., operated at 80 Rolark Drive in Scarborough, Ont.

Claims were filed under the Employment Standards Act by the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic on behalf of the workers. The provincial government says many of the garment workers were vulnerable and not fluent in English.

The Ministry of Labour issued Orders to Pay amounting to about $26,000, which the company failed to pay. Winli was then charged with 14 counts of failing to comply with the orders.

Justice of the Peace Alice Napier handed down the sentence in Toronto court on August 21.

The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act, which is credited to a provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.


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