Door to Door Sales, Services, Charities
Always be cautions of unsolicited persons at your door attempting to sell a product or service or looking for charitable donations. Never let them rush or pressure you into buying a product, signing up for a service, or making a donation if you are unsure of their validity.
In Ontario, many products and services cannot be offered or sold at your home unless you initiate the transaction. For details on these rules see https://www.ontario.ca/page/door-door-sales-and-home-service-contracts. If someone comes to your door to sell these products and services, don’t be afraid to shut the door and call Consumer Protection Ontario at 1-800-889-9768.
If someone comes to your door seeking a donation for charity and you are unsure if they and/or the charity is legitimate, do not be pressured into making a donation for some “urgent” cause. Legitimate charities in Canada are registered by the Canada Revenue Agency. You can search the Canadian Governments list of charities online at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/charities-listings.html. If the charity is well known, but you are unsure of the person seeking the donation, obtain the charity contact information from the phone book or online and then call to confirm the person is legitimate.
More information on Frauds and Scams.