Unsolicited door-to-door sales of specific household appliances and related services are no longer allowed in the province of Ontario.As of March 1, 2018, businesses may only agree to a contract in a consumer's home if the consumer has invited them ahead of time, for the sole purpose of entering into a contract. Businesses will be required to keep a record of how their contracts with consumers are made, offering substantiation when it is requested. They must also provide consumers with clear information about their rights.New rules will apply to the following household appliances and services, along with bundles of these goods and services:Air cleanersAir conditionersAir purifiersDuct cleaning servicesFurnacesWater filtersWater heartersWater purifiersWater softenersWater treatment devicesIn the event that a consumer calls a business for repairs, maintenance, or other reasons, the business is permitted to provide information about the products and services offered but cannot enter into a new contract while on the property. The exception will be if a business already has a written contract in place with the consumer and proceeds to secure their approval before arriving to solicit a contract for any of the restricted goods or services.Contracts found to violate the new rule related to door-to-door solicitation will be considered void and consumers may keep the goods with no obligation.All contracts signed in the home for the above-mentioned products or services will also have a 10-day cooling off period. This allows consumers to cancel the contract, for any reason, without penalty.The decision to ban door-to-door sales is one way to increase consumer protection from misleading and aggressive businesses or business representatives. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services in Ontario are hopeful the ban will see a decrease in the number of complaints lodged about the practice. BBB offers the following tips to protect yourself when planning to sign contracts in your home:Know Your Rights. Consumers in Ontario have a number of rights when it comes to making purchases in your home or from someone at your door. To view your rights under the Consumer Protection Act 2002 (CPA), click here.Do Your Research. Check bbb.org to view the company's rating, complaint history, and customer reviews. Exercise caution if you find evidence of questionable marketplace practices or government actions.Verify Applicable Licensing. Does the industry you're dealing with require municipal or competency licensing? What about specific insurance coverage? If licensing or liability insurance is required, the company should be able to provide those details to you upon request.Ask for Identification and References. Request that whoever arrives at your home provide you with proper identification and references. Legitimate sellers and contractors will understand that you want time to research their qualifications.Obtain Everything in Writing. Prior to signing a contract, ensure you get everything in writing. This includes the total price, all services and materials, a start and end date, the terms and conditions, and details of verbal promises that were made. Also check for hidden fees. Never sign a contract that contains blank spaces and always retain a copy for your records.If You Feel Uncomfortable, End the Interaction. if someone you invited to your home is difficult, irate, or refuses to leave the premises, contact your local law enforcement agency. it's better to be safe than sorry. You can also report problems to BBB, or the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services in Ontario.For more news and tips, visit bbb.org.About BBB serving Central OntarioFor more than 100 years, BBB, a not-for-profit organization, has been dedicated to creating a community of trust by fostering honest and responsive consumer and business relationships. BBB Central Ontario is based in Kitchener and supports more than 8 million consumers and thousands of businesses in Central Ontario, including Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Barrie, Oshawa, and the Niagara Peninsula.