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Complaint and Advocacy

When you feel that you have been treated unfairly, there may be a service that can help you to resolve your complaint. Each of the following services deals with a specific type of situation. Read the descriptions and visit the websites to see if the service is appropriate for you.


CPLEA Suggested Resources

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Alberta Resources

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for the regulation of the real estate industry. The real estate industry consists of several sectors - residential, commercial, property management, business brokerage and mortgage brokerage. RECA is mandated to protect consumers, and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry members. RECA deals with complaints against industry members within its jurisdiction.

Related legal topic(s): Real estate and home ownership

The UCA represents Alberta small consumers by acting as the voice of consumers during regulatory proceedings to ensure the lowest regulated rates consistent with reasonable service, and by providing consumers with the information they need to make informed choices about how to purchase electricity and natural gas, based on their individual circumstances. When consumers have exhausted known avenues of issue resolution, the UCA will investigate and mediate concerns with utility companies.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Consumer protection and fraud, Landlord and tenant, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

Canada/Federal

Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) is Canada's independent advertising self-regulatory body. ASC was founded by the advertising industry more than fifty years ago on the belief that advertising self-regulation best serves the interests of the public and the advertising industry. ASC is dedicated to creating and maintaining community confidence in advertising. They handle consumer complaints about advertising.

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media, Consumer protection and fraud

Beyond Borders is a national, bilingual, volunteer organization advancing the rights of children everywhere to be free from sexual abuse and exploitation. We are a registered charity without political or religious affiliation.Beyond Borders is the Canadian representative of ECPAT International, a global network of more than 80 groups in 75 countries.
Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Child abuse, Sexual assault

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Human rights, International law

The Commission's business is to make the Canadian Human Rights Act work for the benefit of all Canadians. There are three main aspects to its work: To provide effective and timely means for resolving individual complaints; To promote knowledge of human rights in Canada and to encourage people to follow principles of equality; and to help reduce barriers to equality in employment and access to services. Their website includes sections with publications and frequently asked questions.The Commission provides dispute resolution services in cases of alleged discrimination by federally regulated organizations, including employers, unions and service providers. This online resource addresses issues such as alternative dispute resolution and the dispute resolution process.

Related legal topic(s): Federal government departments, Human rights, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

The Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) is a program where disputes between consumers and vehicle manufacturers about alleged manufacturing defects or implementation of the manufacturers' new vehicle warranty can be put before a neutral third party (arbitrator) for resolution. Links to an overview of the CAMVAP arbitration process. From the homepage, an introduction to CAMVAP is available in several languages.

Related legal topic(s): Consumer protection and fraud, Driving, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

This website is produced by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), an Ontario-based non profit human rights organization that has spent the past 20 years challenging the systemic barriers and discrimination that contribute to homelessness and housing insecurity. The goal of this website is to provide housing workers and advocates across Canada with information and tools to enable them to overcome - using a human rights framework - the barriers that keep people from accessing and retaining adequate housing.
Related legal topic(s): Affordable housing, Homelessness, Human rights

CERA’s Women’s Program was established in early 2000 to address low-income women’s experiences of inequality and discrimination in housing in Canada. The Women’s Program undertakes advocacy, litigation support, networking and research aimed at investigating and addressing the economic and social conditions that contribute to women’s inequality in housing.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Affordable housing, AIDS/HIV, Homelessness, Human rights, Poverty

The Commissioners office assists Canadians in resolving issues about their television service providers. If a Canadian cannot resolve a complaint with a communications service provider - regardless if it is a television service provider, Internet service provider, wireless service provider or telephone service provider - the CCTS will become the single point of contact for obtaining a resolution. All licensed television service providers will hae to become members of the CCTS by Septermber 1, 2017.

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media, Consumer protection and fraud, Contracts, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

The CCTS is an independent organization dedicated to resolving consumer and small business complaints about retail telecommunications services, including wireless, local and long distance telephone, and internet access services. Customers who cannot resolve their complaints about issues like billing, contract terms, or service delivery directly with their provider may file a complaint with CCTS for a fair, impartial and independent review. The CCTS does not accept complaints about prices or about misleading advertisements.

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media

As a project sponsored by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Equality Rights Central (ERC) is a website to find cases, commentary, trends, news and facta about equality and discrimination issues, in law and policy. This site is for advocates, academics and practitioners involved in equality rights, to monitor and advance the development of equality law in Canada. The goal of the ERC is to stimulate discussion, and provide resources for work to advance equality rights and equality issues affecting any disadvantaged and marginalized group.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Charter of Rights, Courts and court judgments, Disabilities, Human rights, Law reform, Public policy

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) is the national coordinating body of the Canada’s 14 law societies mandated to regulate Canada’s 95,000 lawyers and Quebec’s 3,500 notaries.  Each law society governs the legal profession within their respective province or territory and, as such, is reponsible for dealing with complaints from the public about the profession. The Federation is the voice of Canada’s law societies on a wide range of issues critical to the protection of the public and the rule of law, including solicitor-client privilege, the importance of an independent and impartial judiciary, and the role of the legal profession in the administration of justice.

Related legal topic(s): Lawyers, Legal process

Information on how to file a complaint related to the captioning of TV programs in Canada provided by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA).

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media

This online resource is from The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation. The purpose of this guide is to provide housing workers, social service providers and community advocates with tools to help them effectively challenge discrimination in housing. The resource can be found under the Tools section.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Affordable housing, Human rights

The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of Aboriginal Women and is currently involved in many activities for the benefit of Alberta Aboriginal Women. The IAAW works to achieve social justice for Aboriginal women by: Researching and developing resource materials; Identifying opportunities to participate in policy development and decision making with the municipal, provincial, federal governments; and Challenging and eradicating discrimination of Aboriginal women.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Diversity

The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) gives consumers a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. If you are a consumer you can choose to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive by registering your residential, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone number on the National DNCL. You can also file a complaint about telemarketing calls. Call toll-free 1-866-580-DNCL (1-866-580-3625)

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media, Consumer protection and fraud, Privacy

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education, which is their right. The Association provides information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishes a regular newsletter, and conducts research on issues of importance to its members.
Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Disabilities

The Commissioner is an advocate for the privacy rights of Canadians and her powers include: Investigating complaints, conducting audits and pursuing court action under two federal laws - Privacy Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA); Publicly reporting on the personal information-handling practices of public and private sector organizations; Supporting, undertaking and publishing research into privacy issues; and Promoting public awareness and understanding of privacy issues.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Freedom of information, Privacy

The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) is an independent organization that investigates customer complaints against financial services providers, including banks and other deposit-taking organizations, investment dealers, mutual fund dealers and mutual fund companies. OBSI resolves disputes between participating banking services and investment firms and their customers if they can’t solve them on their own.

Related legal topic(s): Business, Consumer protection and fraud, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

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