A Private Member’s Bill banning door-to-door sales has been introduced at Queen’s Park.
Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre was joined by concerned seniors and consumer advocacy groups as he announced that he would table legislation to ban door-to-door sales of certain consumer products that have been the subject of aggressive and coercive sales tactics.
The ban would prevent air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, and water treatment devices from being sold, leased or rented by contract at a consumer’s home.
The move would be to protect consumers from misleading sales people.
Baker says “It is beyond reprehensible that some organizations have a business model based on taking advantage of vulnerable people. We must take action to protect Ontarians and end this predatory practice. My bill will do just that.”
Similar bills were to be introduced by Councilors in Mississauga and Markham.
Baker says the bill being tabled today after months of consultation and research would ban the sale of selected household equipment that has been prone to false and misleading sales practices. If passed, the bill will ban the sale, lease or rent of air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, water treatment devices as well as any other product prescribed by regulation.
Stiff penalties would be put in place for offenders who violate the ban. In addition to the contract being voided, the consumer would be entitled to any money paid under the contract as well as the return or replacement of any product taken under the contract.
In addition, individual offenders of the ban would be subject to fines of up to $2,000 and organizations caught breaking the ban could be subject to harsh penalties of up to $25,000. Finally, if the consumer does not receive payment, they have the option of taking the case to court and, if successful, receiving double the amount owed plus legal fees.
The bill will be presented for Second Reading on June 9, 2016.