A bill tabled by the Liberal government aims to make it easier for consumers to get out of cellphone contracts and is expected to become law after passing a final vote in the legislature on Wednesday.
Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said it will allow cellphone users to cancel their contracts at no cost after two years. It also caps cancellation fees and requires providers to write contracts in plain language.
Nickel Belt NDP MPP France Gelinas voted for the Liberal bill, but said it could have been better and the process was rushed.
“We've missed an opportunity here,” she said. “Lots of people came and did deputation and committee to the bill. They … understood the industry inside and out and made some really good recommendations. Unfortunately, because it was time regulated, the bill had to be brought back to the house before all of the changes were able to be made.”
Ontario's bill is almost identical to provisions that Canada's telecommunications regulator, the CRTC, will put in place in December.
The rules build on previous private members' bills introduced by Sault Ste Marie Liberal MPP David Orazietti.