Residents in Ward 18 and across Ontario have been subject to the high pressure and unsolicited sales tactics by sales representatives from the home services sector. My office has been assisting residents who have been tricked into signing contracts by these companies.
Eariler this month I moved a motion at City Council, requesting the Province ban the door-to-door sales of the furnaces, water systems, air conditioners, water heaters and HVAC equipment to put an end to this predatory practice before the Ontario Legislature breaks for the summer recess. These efforts support MPP Yvan Baker's Private Members Bill, the Door-to-Door Sales Prohibition Act, 2016, which was tabled in the Provincial legislature on May 2, 2016.
As the weather changes, the frequency of these sales encounters will increase. It is imperative that the Province takes immediate action to further protect residents. Recently, a home services company was charged with 142 counts of violating the Consumer Protection Act. It is clear to me that we need to stop these companies from taking advantage of vulnerable members of our society through aggressive and misleading sales practices.
I will continue to work on initiatives protecting residents and encourage you to contact my office if you continue to encounter these aggressive sales tactics.
To read my full motion, please click here.