SASKATOON – The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act came into effect Monday bringing with it new rules that protect Saskatchewan consumers’ rights.
The Saskatchewan government took steps to protect residents from unfair practices by strengthening the authority of investigators and increasing fines.
The new Act covers a variety of marketplace activities including contracts, gift cards, tickets and warranties.
“This legislation updates the consumer protection framework for Saskatchewan making the legislation more accessible and easier for consumers to understand,” said Gordon Wyant, the province’s justice minister.
“The new Act adds consistency and flexibility, by allowing consumer protection licensing and regulation to be governed by the same set of regulations.”
Another change benefits business owners with predictability between different regulations.
New legislation includes the existing provisions of The Consumer Protection Act and adds upon them.