Calendar features tips for consumers

Press Release

Ontario is helping more consumers protect themselves with the release of the 2011 Smart Consumer Calendar.
The calendar features different consumer protection themes and tips each month.
Topics include what consumers need to know about buying or selling a home, dealing with telemarketers, switching energy suppliers, changes to the province’s auto insurance system, and many more.
In addition to English and French, the calendar also is available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Spanish, Punjabi, and Tamil.
Free copies of the calendar can be ordered at or by calling 1-800-668-9938.
Copies also can be downloaded at
“We want Ontarians to learn how to protect themselves in the marketplace,” said Consumer Services minister John Gerretsen.
“Our calendar helps them do that—it makes smart shopping easier and helps all Ontarians be savvy consumers,” he noted.
Each calendar contains a postage-paid comment card.
In 2010, 99 percent of respondents said the calendar made them more informed while 82 percent said they would change their behaviour in making future purchases.