It’s happened to all of us. You’re about to dig into dinner when there’s a knock at your door, and more often than not, it’s someone from some company you have never heard of, trying to sell you sell you some “must have” item for your home.
A couple of GTA councillors are looking to put an end to this practice. They are launching a campaign which calls for a province-wide ban on door-to-door sales in the home service sector. That includes water heaters, water filtration systems and furnaces.
Last year the provincial Liberals did bring in new door-to-door rules, but some companies are still using scare tactics and high pressure sales to coerce victims into services they don’t need. And they find themselves with a contract with pricey cancellation fees and nowhere to turn.
Karen Ras, a Councillor in Mississauga, will be putting forward the motion at the next council meeting, later this month, and Markham Councillor, Colin Campbell will do the same a week later.
They are both calling on other municipalities to get involved.
“This is not just a Mississauga or Markham issue, but one that crosses every community in the province, from Thunder Bay to Toronto. I am very disappointed that these companies continue to engage in these deceitful practices. They do not fear prosecution under the current legislation. Homeowners must be protected. Only a total ban on their door-to-door activities will achieve this.” – Colin Campbell, Markham Councillor.