Every month the CRTC releases new stats on the National Do Not Call list. This initiative was created back in 2008 with a goal for Canadians to register their home phone, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone numbers to prevent telemarketers from calling.
If you receive an unwanted call, which still happens to many of us, all you need to do is tell the person on the other end to take you off their calling list. The CRTC recently shortened the time period for a telemarketer to remove your number to 14 days.
The CRTC has updated their charts and now shows thousands are still signing up. April saw a jump of 41,000 new numbers to the list, but unfortunately there was an average of 12,000 complaints for the month. The good news is that the CRTC opened up 6 new investigations in April.
Since inception, the CRTC has ordered telemarketers who violated the telecommunications rules to pay a total of $4.3 million in penalties.