The company Desia Venafro Inc. is fined $25,000 for violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Saint-Jérôme, Quebec – February 20, 2018 – Environment and Climate Change Canada

The effective and strict enforcement of Canadian environmental and wildlife protection legislation is one way that Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) meets its commitment to maintaining clean air and water and protecting wildlife and their habitats.

On June 12, 2017, Desia Venafro Inc. pleaded guilty to one charge and, on February 20, 2018, was fined $25,000 for violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).

In addition to the fine, the Court ordered Desia Venafro Inc. to publish a notice in a business newspaper, which will first have to be approved by ECCC, and post it in the store window for a maximum of 12 months. Desia Venafro Inc. will also have to remain compliant and immediately abide by all demands from ECCC in that connection. Within 3 months of sentencing, the company owner must have done or at least started training, the content of which is satisfactory to ECCC.

The investigation conducted by ECCC showed that the company Desia Venafro Inc. did not abide by an environmental protection compliance order (EPCO) issued in December 2015 for violating the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations.

The amount of the fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) administered by ECCC.


  • The Department’s enforcement officers conduct inspections and investigations under the CEPA. They strive to ensure that organizations subject to the environmental protection legislation comply with it.
  • Desia Venafro Inc. will be entered into the Environmental Offenders Registry.
  • The EDF, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada, was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for funds received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments to be directed to priority projects that will benefit our environment.


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