If you happen to be a homeowner in Ontario you probably know how annoying it is to get door to door sales people ringing your doorbell. With their unsolicited sales pitches to even the dangerous scammers looking to have you sign bogus contracts and hand over payments upfront - it is a less than ideal situation for anyone looking to purchase a product or service.
However, the Ontario government has effectively put a stop to door to door sales and will ban all front door solicitors effective March 1st, 2018. According to Bill 193, Door-to-Door Sales Prohibition Act:
No person shall sell, lease, rent or offer to sell, lease or rent a product listed in subsection (2) to a consumer in person at the consumer’s home; or cause a person to sell, lease or rent or offer to sell, lease or rent a product listed in subsection (2) to a consumer in person at the consumer’s home.
The items prohibited from being sold at a homeowners residence include: air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, water treatment devices, and "any other prescribed product".
There are a few exceptions to the rule however. Those invited into the home will be able to make a sale and the new rules do not apply to advertising and marketing activities.
Now for anyone caught soliciting door to door after March 1st, expect to be nailed with some pretty steep fines. First time offenders found guilty will be slapped with a $500 fine for an individual and $5,000 fine for a corporation. It'll cost second time offenders $1,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a corporation. Finally, third time offender will be hit with a $2,000 fine for an individual or $25,000 for a corporation.
Finally, anyone who signs a contract or exchanges money with a door to door solicitor, you'll be able to have the contract voided and have your payment returned under certain circumstances.
For more information, you can visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.