Block Canadian telemarketers: do not call lists

First published on January 26, 2008

Currently, the CRTC’s (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) National Do Not Call List is planned to be operational on September 2008. At that time, in theory, those who wish to have a few less telemarketers bugging them can add their number to that list.

In the meantime, the Canadian Marketing Association has its own Do Not Contact Service. As it says on the CMA’s website:

The Do Not Contact Service enables individuals to reduce the number of marketing offers they receive by mail, telephone and fax. Consumers register to have their names removed from marketing lists held by members of the Canadian Marketing Association.

With 800 corporate members in the CMA, putting your number on the CMA’s list won’t exactly give you complete respite from telemarketers, but it’s something!

Canadian Marketing Association’s Do Not Contact Service

September 2008 update: Starting on September 30, 2008, you can get on the National Canadian Do Not Call list at or by calling 1-866-580-DNCL (3625). For TTY service, call 1-888-DNCL-TTY (1-888-362-5889).


7 Responses to “Block Canadian telemarketers: do not call lists”

  1. Patrick says:

    I looks like a way to give your informations to companies who didnt had your info before. Since they have no obligation (yet) nothing can stop them to call you using this "voluntary do-not-call list". Just my opinion. Thanks for the article though, very interesting as always.

  2. noah mann says:

    Sounds too good to be true,it would nice if it did though..

  3. Luc Levasseur says:

    I keep receiving calls at (613) 799-0363 from Ontario Credit Assistance phone number (905) 455-8474 and would like it to cease. Thank you!

  4. Caleb says:

    Hey, I get calls from 000-000-000 and i do not know who it is. I don’t know how to block it and I would like too.It says *CALLER_REVEALED under the number. I use Shaw. :O Thanks so much.

  5. Hugh Jarse says:

    -You can’t call-block an "unknown number" and many telemarketers use a false number in the caller name display.
    -There are too many exceptions to the Do Not Call legislation.
    -Many telemarketers don’t care about the Do Not Call legislation.

    Here’s how to end the madness. Whenever it could be a telemarketer just answer like this (using your real last name), "Smith, shipping… " If they ask if it’s you say yes, but they’ve reached you at work. If they ask if they’ve reached a business say, "Yes, this is the shipping department of Western Plastics. How may I help you?"
    They just apologize and hang up… Then they flag your number as non-residential, and never phone you again. It works!

  6. me says:

    I’d like to see a DDOS (distributed denial of service) tool that consumers could get/use to flood telemarketers’ ip telephony phone servers.

  7. John says:

    Instead of me going endlessly on about how telemarketers drive me and the rest of Canada up the friggin wall, I will instead put out a challenge to anyone who has the brain and the money to invent a device that can be attached to any standard telephone line whether be from Shaw or whomever, that only allows calls from a list the homeowner creates. That is to say that when a call comes in, before your phone ever rings the device checks the number and compares it to your list. If it is not on your list then the call doesn’t come in.

    Of course this device would exclude the police, fire, and ambulance. Political parties can use this new invention called Television to bug the crap out of us. The person or persons that come up with this device will be very rich as there are millions of Canadians that would buy it!! I pray with all my heart that someone does this.

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