first_imgTORONTO – Ontario has introduced broad consumer protection legislation that covers home warranties, ticket sales, real estate practices, and travel services. Here are some of the provisions in the bill:Ticket sales— Bans the use of automated ticket purchasing software, or so-called scalper bots.— Bans tickets from being resold at more than 50 per cent of the face value.— Makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by bots.— Ticket sellers would also have to disclose how many tickets will be on sale as well as the venue capacity, an itemized list of all fees, taxes and service charges.— Ticket resellers would have to disclose the ticket’s face value.— Companies would have the power to sue other companies for losses resulting from the use of bots.Home warranties— Establishes one administrative authority to deliver the warranty program for new homes and a separate one to regulate new home builders.— Clarifies the dispute resolution process to make it easier and fairer for new home owners.— Gives the auditor general the power to investigate the regulatory authorities.Real estate— Allows the government to create regulations specifying circumstances in which real estate agents and brokerages are prohibited from representing both buyer and seller in a transaction.— Real estate sellers, brokers and brokerages would also be subject to stiffer fines if they violate a code of ethics, up from $25,000 to $50,000 and $100,000 for brokerages.Travel industry— A travel salesperson could be required to take educational courses if a complaint is made against them.— Travel salespeople would no longer have to register as both a travel agent and a wholesaler.— Allows the government to make regulations governing advertising by out-of-province travel sellers who target Ontarians.last_img read more