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Consumers find identifying perils of counterfeit goods difficult
New Council research finds Canadian consumers find it difficult to identify the perils of buying ‘counterfeit’ goods and ‘pirated’ digital media, and industry intellectual property protection campaigns don’t help them.
Consumers eager for innovative ways to resolve marketplace problems
Council report finds Canadian governments can better handle consumer complaints and work more capably with consumer organizations, to promote and protect consumer interests.
Canada lags behind at requiring standardized unit pricing displays at retail
Council report finds Canadian governments and retailers fail to meet consumer needs and expectations by providing accurate, transparent and forthright unit pricing.
Extended product protections often misunderstood by consumers
New research finds extended product protections are not well understood by consumers, who misunderstand terms and conditions, neglect to read the contracts and show little appreciation of the different regulatory structures and business models associated with different products
Canadians enjoy little protection against prices, practices of instalment lenders
The Council sent representatives to the premises of 93 instalment lenders across Canada and to the websites of leading online lenders to determine what consumers experience when they go there to do business.
Government aid packages have prevented a surge in the number of Canadians seeking help from credit counsellors – so far. But when that assistance winds down, the head of the national not-for-profit Credit Counselling Canada expects a “wave” of Canadians to look for...
A common question for employees nearing a return to the workplace is whether they would be entitled to benefits if they acquired COVID-19 in the workplace. Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage is mandatory for some industries, but optional for others....
Canadians report spending less, shopping less frequently and relying less on cash in survey results released by Payments Canada May 13. The pandemic has also accelerated the use of digital payments, a transition that is likely to remain permanent, according to the...