A Liberal MPP wants to ban the door-to-door sale of furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters and water treatment devices in Ontario to protect consumers.
Etobicoke Centre MPP Yvan Baker introduced a private member’s bill Monday to crack down on what he calls aggressive and coercive sales tactics of some companies.
“It is beyond reprehensible that some organizations have a business model based on taking advantage of vulnerable people,” said Baker.
“These four products alone cost consumers who reported their experiences to the Ministry of Consumer services over $3.1 million in 2015, and that’s only the people who reported it to the government,” he added.
Under the bill, any contract signed at the door for a new furnace, water heater or air conditioner would automatically be voided.
Baker says there would be fines of up to $2,000 for violating the ban on door-to-door sales, and the government would be able to add other products to the banned list in the future.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her party has been concerned about some door-to-door sales practices for some time.
Private member’s bills rarely become law in Ontario, but the ones put forward by government members often have a better chance of getting past second reading. Baker’s bill will come up for second reading June 9.