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1 Corporate Vision “To be a responsive, innovative, world leader in customer service and consumer protection by delivering quality products for a safe, fair, dynamic, and informed Ontario marketplace” Presentation to : The Canadian Association of Movers Chris Ferguson, Director, MSSB November 23, 2004

2 Marketplace Standards and Services Branch Our Mission is: “To protect, inform and empower Ontario’s consumers while promoting a positive business environment in the province.”

3 Consumer Services Bureau Registration and Licensing Compliance Inspections Investigations Four Key Functions Directly administer 20 statutes including: Arthur Wishart Act (Franchises) Athletics Control Act Bailiffs Act Business Practices Act* Cemeteries Act (Revised) Collection Agencies Act Condominium Act Consumer Protection Act* Consumer Protection Bureau Act* Consumer Reporting Act Discriminatory Business Practices Act Loan Brokers Act* Motor Vehicle Repair Act* Paperback and Periodical Distributors Prepaid Services Act* Theatres Act *to be replaced by the Consumer Protection Act, 2002.

4 Cemeteries Registration & Licensing - Regulates operation of 5,000+ cemeteries - Monitors more than $300m in trust accounts - Licenses theatres, distributors, retailers - Supports Ontario Film Review Board Theatres

5 Registration & Licensing (ctd) - Licenses pro boxers, kick-boxers, wrestlers and officials re: safety. Credit Reporting Regulates consumer credit bureau re: access, accuracy of credit reports - Licenses 3,900+ collection agencies and collectors -Cross-Canada harmonization efforts Athletics Debt Collection

6  1,686 compliance inspections in numerous education visits.  242 investigations completed, 330 charges.  $615,801 in consumer restitution and fines.  Violators got total 8 months of jail time and 379 months of probation  MSSB has received various awards such as the Amethyst, Institute of Public Administration Canada Award (IPAC), and US Consumer Agency Achievement Awards for successful enforcement initiatives. Compliance Inspections & Investigations

7 Consumer Services Bureau - Consumer Services Bureau staff handle more than70,000 consumer complaints and inquiries per year. - Provide advice, mediation and consumer education (Fraud-free calendar, high school education modules, public outreach to high schools, community organizations,etc.)

8 Top Ten Complaints – 2004 to date 1. Collection Agencies4, Home Renovations2, CarRepairs1, Motor Vehicle Purchases 1, Personal Items 1, Home Furnishings1, Credit Reporting 1, Health/Fitness Memberships Timeshare/Vacation Clubs Computers 524

9 Complaints Against Movers YearWrittenInquiriesTotal

10 Top 5 Consumer Issues - Holding goods hostage/renegotiate price - Disputes re: overcharges & billing - Quality of service - Reputation of company - Lost/damaged goods

11 Current Law in Ontario - Business Practices Act (misrepresentation, failure to state a material fact, unfair business practice) - Consumer Protection Act (Executory contracts, Direct Sales Contracts)

12 New Law: CPA Final cost to within 10% of written estimate - Prohibition against using a consumer’s goods to force the renegotiation of the terms of a contract - Warranty of reasonably acceptable quality - Conviction for an offence can lead to a maximum fine of $50K for individuals and/or a term of imprisonment of not more than 2 years; a corporation can be fined $250K

13 Shop Smart Tips - Don’t arbitrarily choose the cheapest company in the telephone directory - Ask relatives/friends for recommendations - Call at least 3 moving companies to set up estimate appointments - Book early if possible to avoid making choices under pressure - Ask for references and check them - Ensure verbal representations/promises are written into the final contract before signing - Ask the mover if they offer liability coverage.

14 CAM’s Excellent Initiatives · Code of Ethics · Certified Canadian Mover Program · Online Membership Directory · Tips for Consumers · Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers · Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company

15 How to Reach us Consumer Services Bureau (416)


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