The Klub Athlétik 10, boul. Taschereau, in Brossard, and its president Amir Khayami pleaded guilty on December 12 to charges laid under the Consumer Protection Act. The company will have to pay a fine of $ 5,250 and its president, $ 750.
The Consumer Protection Office (OPC) accuses the health studio and its president of having received payment from a consumer before starting to perform his obligation. The company also admitted that it announced on its website and Facebook page the amount of periodic payments to be made for subscription to a training service, without also disclosing the total price of the service or highlighting it in any way. more obvious. The offenses were committed in July, August and October 2017. The property has since closed.
The Consumer Protection Act designates as health studios those establishments that provide goods or services intended to help a person improve their physical condition through weight control, treatment, diet or exercise. The merchant who operates a health studio is required to comply with certain specific rules aimed at protecting consumers. These rules specify the requirements related to the content of the contract and to payments. They also regulate the conditions for canceling the contract and the penalties.
In addition, a merchant who operates a fitness studio must hold a permit issued by the OPC and provide security of $ 20,000 for each of his establishments. This bond serves to ensure compliance with the law and can be used to compensate consumers in the event of a business closure.
Info .: opc.gouv.qc.ca.