A Brampton contractor has been banned from bidding on Toronto construction contracts until 2020.
In a majority vote of 32-3 last week, Toronto City Council agreed that Four Seasons Site Development be suspended from any City of Toronto tender calls as a general contractor or a sub-contractor for a total period of three years, until February 8, 2020.
The contractor had been awarded nearly $3.5 million last year to beautify College Street from Shaw Street to Havelock Street. Construction began on June 27, 2016, and was scheduled to be completed within 60 days.
Construction went well past the 60-day mark, and the area is still under construction almost a year later.
According to Councillor Jim Karygiannis, much of the delay was allegedly because Four Seasons found an environmental and safety hazard on College Street, a diesel tank, and would not continue working because of it.
However, Four Seasons had failed to comply with almost all of the terms of their contract, resulting in months of debate at council meetings, and ultimately their suspension.
“We’re not going to be cancelling any projects as a result of this,” said Councillor Mike Layton. “It has nothing to do with the workers on site.”
According to the council, Four Seasons breached their contract on several occasions, exhibiting unsatisfactory performance levels.
Along with poor management of workers and scheduling, the company violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act, disrupted transit operations such as streetcar service, and often had insufficient resources.
Councillor Cesar Palacio pointed out that many small businesses in the area had seen a decline in business since the construction began.
“The work will still happen,” confirmed Councillor Layton.
Since the Brampton contractor has been suspended for three years, it remains to be seen which firm will take over the project.