CRTC wants to implement universal call blocking for ‘blatantly illegitimate’ numbers

Canada’s telecom watchdog has formally opened up a call for comments


  • Bill___A

    I am firmly in support of some sort of measures that not only rid of of “blatantly illegitimate” It is my expectation that millions of Canadians are harassed every day by these.

    Furthermore, it is also imperative that we have the ability to block numbers which do not give calling line information.
    I agree that certain places, such as crisis centers,women’s shelters, and the like should be able to hide their identity. However, these phone calls should be labelled “private number” and should have to be registered as an official crisis center/women’s shelter number and should not be allowed to make calls without authorization with an entity which reviews and grants permission to such a facility.

    Legitimate businesses are also not forthcoming in giving their calling line identification. I’ve received calls from at least two Microsoft Offices where it appears they haven’t “bothered” to enable calling line id. Furthermore, Telus Business Connect Support also does not always have a number, it sometimes shows up as “unknown”. This is not acceptable.

  • Victor Creed

    Yes. Make this happen.

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    I’m all for blocking those scam calls that spoof the caller ID with the called number’s exchange (i.e. area code + first 3 digits of the number called), then plays you a robot message. Just not too sure about the “no caller ID” calls being blocked, there are some legitimate scenarios where you do want to withhold your caller info.

    • vn33

      Yes, yes! I’ve been getting calls from this scam for the past two years. I’ve blocked all of them.

    • Alex

      i block them… they keep calling… and i work in sales & service, so i always have to pick up… sighs

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      That’s the thing, you can’t block them all as that’s not the real number. I have friends on the same carrier as me and with the same exchange number as well, it was a matter of time when they spoof that, since it’s random. The whole premise of that spoof was to pretend to be a legitimate number.

    • Bill___A

      No Caller ID provided is not the same as “private number”.And maybe there should be an option for the subscriber to control that. If someone wants to withhold their number, I don’t want to talk to them, or even hear from them.