The majority of us don’t like them, Telephone Solicitors. It’s not a new problem; it’s been going on for years. On a positive note, they generate some great jokes and everyone can relate, my favourite Jerry Seinfeld episode features Jerry getting a call from a solicitor and he asks for their home phone number, the telemarketer said we’re not allowed to do that, Jerry says I guess you don’t want people calling you at home, the telemarketer says no, Jerry responds, well now you know how I feel and hangs up. These calls seem to come at worst times and are a source of aggravation, but now with our increasing use of cell phones, it can cost you money if you don’t have unlimited incoming calls or an unlimited talk plan.
National Do Not Call List (DNCL) was first introduced by the Canadian Government and the first reading of the Legislation entitled Bill C-37, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act was December 13, 2004. The Bill was written to stop telemarketing calls in Canada to people who did not want to be contacted by telemarketers and would allow people to sign up to prevent certain telemarketers from contacting them. On September 30, 2008, Canadians could add their home phone number to the list online, or by telephone, fax or teletype.
Now that most Canadians use a cell phone, adding your cell phone number on the DNCL can save money. The National DNCL enables consumers to register their home phone, cellular phone, VoIP or fax number free of charge in order to reduce the number of telemarketing calls and faxes received by Canadians. Telemarketers will not be allowed to contact numbers registered on the 31 days after the consumer’s registration. This program is available to all Canadian Consumers with the exception of calls to business consumers.
Keep in mind that there are still certain calls that are allowed; Canadian registered charities; Political parties; Nomination contestants, leadership contestants, or federal, provincial or municipal candidates; General circulation newspapers calling for the purpose of selling a subscription; Calls to a consumer who has an existing business relationship with the organization; Calls to a consumer who has given express consent to be called; and Calls to business consumers. If you continue to get these calls, you can find out more about how to file a complaint on the DNCL Website and it also provides some information if you are part of a fraud scheme.
To register your cell phone number on the Do Not Call List, you can register online https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/insnum-regnum-eng