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  • The CRTC has said that all Canadian homes and businesses should get a minimum download speed of 50 Mbps and upload speeds of 10 Mbps.
  • If you believe you're receiving speeds that are either slower than this standard or slower than the speed that was advertised, you should make a complaint via Resolver.
  • Many service providers use up-to speeds in their adverts. This can cause some confusion, since they're generally based on average speeds – if in doubt as to the speed you're getting, you should use a free speed-checking service to make sure the service you're receiving is as described.
  • If your broadband is far slower than advertised, your service provider should take steps to fix the problem or, if they can't, they may consider releasing you from your contract without demanding an early cancellation fee.
  • The CRTC has recently consulted on the creation of an internet code that will promote consumer-friendly business practices (such as clear contracts and easy switching between services). These new rules should come into effect in 2019!
You should know

The Wireless Code

The Wireless Code was made by the CRTC to help make it easier for Canadian consumers to navigate the telecoms market. It applies to any mobile wireless voice and data services and sets out the rules for dealing with a number of issues relating to your contract, including cancellation fees (allowing you to cancel your contract after 2 years with no cancellation fees even if you’ve agreed a longer term), a limit on data and roaming charges, unlocked cell phones, trial periods and clear language.

PAD – Pre-Authorized Debit

If you’re paying via PAD, you’ll have some protection from unauthorized transactions. Anyone taking money via PAD has to have a reimbursement statement in their agreement, giving you the right to receive reimbursement for any unauthorized debit or debit that isn’t consistent with the PAD (for example, a payment for an incorrect amount).

Generally speaking, you’ve got 90 days from the date of the withdrawal to report an incorrect or unauthorized PAD.

CCTS – Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services

The CCTS is an independent organization that handles complaints about telecoms and television services in Canada.

If the service provider you’re raising a complaint about can’t resolve the matter for you, you can escalate your case to the CCTS. If the CCTS accepts your complaint, they’ll consider your case and issue a recommendation.

Either you or the service provider can reject the recommendation if you aren’t happy with it. The CCTS will then consider your reasons for rejecting the recommendation and issue a final decision on the matter.

The final decision is binding on the service provider but not on you – meaning you can still reject it at any point. 

CRTC – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications 

The CRTC is the independent public authority that’s in charge of regulating and supervising Canadian telecoms and TV services. Generally speaking, the CRTC makes high level decisions about the sector.

The majority of complaints should go through the CCTS, who can make recommendations and decisions on specific cases. The CRTC will take note of broader issues and come up with new rules to promote a fairer environment for consumers.

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