OTTAWA - Canada's telecom regulator says it has taken action against four Toronto-area home-improvement companies for alleged violations of the telemarketing rules.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says the companies have paid $84,000 in penalties for making telemarketing calls â€” directly or through a third-party firm â€” to people on the National Do Not Call List.
The CRTC says it launched an investigation after a number of Canadians who had registered their phone numbers on that list complained they were receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls.
In addition to the settlements, the companies â€” Ecosmart Home Services Inc., Loyal Seal Windows and Doors, Home Comfort Group and Pegasus Peaks â€” have also agreed to end their current telemarketing practices.
Separately, the CRTC has issued a notice of violation to a fifth company â€” Action Windows and Doors â€” with a penalty of $24,000.
More than 12 million people are registered on the National Do Not Call List, which was launched in 2008.
So far, the CRTC's enforcement actions have yielded more than $4 million in penalties and $741,000 in other payments.