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IMPORTANT: The Unwanted Door Knock - A Step for Senior Safety
Door to door sales can be aggravating for anyone, but mature Canadians are more vulnerable and targeted more aggressively. In Ontario, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services amended the Consumer Protection Act to help restrict the type of uninvited sales that can be made at your door.
As of March 1, 2018 the prohibited list includes: furnaces / air conditioners / air cleaners, purifiers / bundled HVAC systems / water heaters, pumps, treatment devices, filters, softeners / duct cleaning. While the list may seem short, it targets the most common door to door situations, and allows groups like the Girl Guides to continue their canvasing.
If someone from the “prohibited list” knocks on your door, you can complain. But this is NOT a 911 situation. So unless you feel threatened, contact the Ministry for help. Keep a record of literature, time lines, vehicle information, etc. But the best policy is to close the door, provide no personal information and refuse to let the sales pitch even begin! For more information on door to door sales ethics, cooling off periods, etc., call 1.800.889.9768 or click here.
Retired Police Sergeant Bob Paterson works closely with The McLennan Group to develop and share practical, economical safety tips for Canadians 50-plus. To read and print out all tips and view Sergeant Bob’s appearance schedule, visit Senior Safety Tips online.
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