What year is this that people still try to sell you things door to door? Nobody wants to be disturbed at home unless you have Girl Guide cookies or my Amazon order, don’t ring my doorbell. Ontario homeowners are in luck as a new ban will keep solicitors off of your porch.
The Ontario government has put forth an official ban on all front door solicitations, and it is set to take effect as of March 1, 2018. The Door-to-Door Sales Prohibition Act reads:
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 ban will prohibit the sale of items like air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, and water treatment devices as well as any other prescribed product. Only a few exceptions to the law have been made, and anyone you invite into your home may still make a sale.
The fines for those breaking the ban is hefty ranging from $500 – $2,000 for an individual, and $5,000 – $25,000 for a corporation. Additionally, under certain circumstance, any contract with a door-to-door solicitor after the ban will be voided, and any money exchanged will need to be returned.