Many private energy companies go door-to-door trying to get residents to sign contracts for their services. These companies may lead consumers to believe that by signing a multi-year contract, they will save money on their heat and hydro bills. However, in some cases, it actually costs a lot more money to lock into a contract and can be difficult to get out of.
This webinar, presented by Margaret Capes, Legal Education Coordinator of Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc., looks at how the general protections of the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 apply to energy marketers, or re-billers are they are more formally called. In addition, the Ontario Energy Board Act specifically governs energy re-billing, identifying unfair marketing practices and providing additional protections for consumers. In this webinar we:
- identify unfair business practices as they relate to energy re-billing;
- describe the typical approach energy re-billers take when contacting consumers; and
- review consumer rights and remedies with regard to energy re-billing contracts, as well as where to lodge a complaint about energy re-billers.
We hope that this webinar will help consumers to recognize the need for caution if contacted by an energy re-biller, and to be better informed about their rights if they find themselves unexpectedly trapped in an unfavourable re-billing contract.
Please note that the information in this webinar covers contracts signed before January 1, 2011.
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