In Canada. the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) will launch today, September 30, 2008. It is designed to reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing calls and faxes Canadians receive.
As of September 30, 2008, you can register your home phone, cellular or fax number(s) on the National DNCL.
Signing up is simple, quick and free. You can sign up online at http://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/ or by calling the toll-free numbers 1-866-580-DNCL (1-866-580-3625) or 1-888-DNCL-TTY (1-888-362-5889).
Once you have signed up, many telemarketers can no longer call you starting 31 days after your registration.
You must renew your registration every three years if you want your number(s) to stay on the National DNCL.
Registering on the National DNCL will reduce but not eliminate all telemarketing calls and faxes.
There are certain kinds of telemarketing calls and faxes that are exempt from the National DNCL, including those made by or on behalf of:
registered charities seeking donations
newspapers looking for subscriptions
political parties and their candidates, and
companies with whom you have an existing commercial relationship in the previous 18 months
Telemarketers making exempt calls must maintain their own do not call lists. If you do not want to be called by these telemarketers, you can ask to be put on their do not call lists. They are obliged to do so within 31 days.
You will continue to receive calls from organizations conducting market research, polls or surveys even though you are registered on the National DNCL. These are not considered telemarketing calls because they are not selling a product or service, or requesting donations.
It is not a perfect solution to eliminate unwanted telephone calls but at least, we here in Canada, can now stop SOME of those annoying interruptions to our days and/or nights.
I am signing up, are you?