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Helping Newcomers Become Smart Consumers

Mcguinty Government Helps More Ontarians Shop Smarter

Ministry of Consumer Services

Ontario is helping newcomers to the province become smart consumers with the release of the 2009 Smart Consumer Calendar.

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The calendar provides a wealth of tips on home repairs and renovations, telemarketing and debit card fraud, choosing an electricity or natural gas supplier, auto insurance scams - and more.  

For the first time , the popular and informative calendar is available in Spanish, Punjabi, Portuguese, and Chinese (simplified and traditional) - in addition to English and French.

The calendar is produced by Ontario's Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services and is available free of charge.   To order a copy, call (416) 326-5300 in the Greater Toronto Area or toll-free at 1-800-668-9938 (TTY toll free at 1-800-268-7095) or go to http://www.publications.serviceontario.ca/ecom/

Quick Facts

  • In 2007, the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services' Consumer Protection Branch handled over 55,000 complaints and inquiries.
  • Between September 2007 and September 2008, the Consumer Protection Branch received over $323,000 in mediated refunds, $200,000 in cancelled/rescinded contracts, $370,000 in restitution and recovered more than $423,000 thousand through investigations and prosecutions.

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“Newcomers to Ontario are often vulnerable to scam artists and fraudsters. Our calendar makes smart shopping easier - and helps all Ontarians be savvier consumers.”

Harinder Takhar

Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services



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