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Telemarketing Regulations – DNC CANADA

*as per the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission* National Do Not Call (DNC) If you engage in telemarketing for the purpose of solicitation, or hire an agency to do so for you, then you must subscribe to the List. Remember:

  • Non-compliance can result in significant financial penalties-so be sure you understand your responsibilities fully before September 30, 2008.
  • You are responsible for making sure any numbers you call are not registered on the National DNCL.
  • If you think your calls may be among those exempted from the List, refer to the full details on exemptions at
  • The National DNCL does not eliminate your responsibility to maintain your own do not call list.
  • Every call made to consumers must follow Canada’s Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules.
  1. Do all telemarketers have to subscribe to the National DNCL? As of September 30, 2008, subscription is mandatory by law for every organization engaged in telemarketing, including those who hire a third party to make calls for them. In addition, telemarketers must make sure their own calling lists are current and accurately capture the information in the National DNCL, which is updated continually.
  2. Are any organizations not required to subscribe? Many kinds of calls are exempted from the National DNCL-those for charitable donations, political parties, public-opinion surveys and calls for newspaper subscriptions, for example. As well, if an organization has done business with a consumer in the last 18 months, it is free to call that individual even if he or she has registered their number on the National DNCL. Once 18 months have passed since the last transaction, however, this expires unless the consumer consents to further calls. Importantly, organizations making exempted calls often also make calls that do fall under the National DNCL, and in those cases they must subscribe. It’s not the organization but rather the type of call that is either exempt or not. Learn more about exemptions by reading Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-48.
  3. How do I subscribe? As of September 30, 2008, go to and register your organization. You may subscribe to the complete List or just to the area codes of regions where you wish to conduct business; you may choose to download updates daily, annually or at another interval of your choosing. The subscription models are flexible, and your fees will depend on the specifics of the one you choose.
  4. Do I need to maintain my own do not call list? Yes. Even if you are making exempt calls based on a business relationship, the consumer can ask not to be contacted-at which time you must add their number to your own do not call list. According to Canada’s Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, you are obligated to respect the consumer’s wishes and maintain your own do not call list.
  5. What are the consequences if I don’t comply? Under the National DNCL, the CRTC has new enforcement powers and can penalize telemarketers found to be in violation of the National Do Not Call List legislation or the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules. Penalties of up to $1,500 for an individual and up to $15,000 for a corporation per infraction may be levied. If you are able to show that you exercised due diligence to prevent the violation, the judgment may be overturned. You are also entitled to take your case to the Federal Court. For more information on the appeal process, you can download Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-48 at
Subscription Fees 
Number of area codesAnnual6-months3-months1-month
All area codes 
Total Fee Payable$45,134$27,479$14,842$5,015
By individual area code    
Total Fee Payable$2,701$1,399$715$242
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