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July 31, 2014
Harper Government Implements New Measures to Protect Consumers
OTTAWA - Industry Minister James Moore today announced that new measures are taking effect to protect Canadian consumers against unfair retail practices, ensuring they get what they pay for when purchasing everyday consumer goods such as gasoline and groceries.

These changes are a result of the coming into force of the Fairness at the Pumps Act. This law will mean greater fairness for consumers by placing more responsibility on retailers to ensure the accuracy of their measuring devices. Retailers will be required to have devices inspected regularly, and they will be subject to hefty fines if they do not comply. If businesses do not do their part to ensure measurement accuracy, they will be held to account.

The new measures are part of the government's concrete actions to stand up for consumers first.

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The new measures, which take effect August 1, 2014, will
  • introduce mandatory inspection frequencies for retailers and other vendors who use measuring devices (scales, gas pumps, petroleum meters, etc.);
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