Your Consumer Rights for Mobile Phones (The Wireless Code of Conduct)

Every Canadian with a mobile plan is protected by the Wireless Code. It explains your consumer rights and the rules your provider must follow. We created the Code to make it easier for you:

  • to understand your mobile plan
  • to change providers
  • to prevent bill shock
  • to return your cellphone if you are unhappy with your service
  • and more!

We need your input!

We created the Wireless Code three years ago based on input from Canadians like you.

We are reviewing the Wireless Code to make sure it is effective. Our goal is to improve the rules service providers must follow (if needed), so we need to know if you find it easy:

  • to understand your mobile plan?
  • to change providers?
  • to prevent bill shock?
  • to decide whether a new phone and plan work for you?

We will consider all comments, including yours, when we decide whether the Wireless Code needs to be improved.

To tell us what you think, comment on our form. You have between July 28 and September 26, 2016 to leave a comment.

You can also come back on September 13 to participate on our discussion forum.

Your Consumer Rights

Read the simplified Wireless Code to learn more about your consumer rights. You can also read the entire Regulatory Policy  to learn more about why the CRTC created the Wireless Code.

Make a Complaint

Do you have a complaint that you have not been able to fix with your provider? Do you think your provider is not following the rules in the Code?

Contact the CCTSFootnote 1. They take your complaints about your mobile plan and the Wireless Code (and read their Guide to making a complaint).


Results of the Code

Public opinion surveys

We have asked Canadians about their mobile plans each year since the Wireless Code was created. Here's what we found:

Ensuring providers follow the rules

Each year the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services reports publicly on all consumer complaints about the Wireless Code. These reports list the types of complaints that have been resolved and what steps were taken to resolve them. Read their annual and mid-year reports.

We made all providers report publicly on their compliance to ensure they were following the rules. You can read the results in the Implementation Report Card [PDF] which is based on the providers’ Compliance Reports.

Clarifying the Code

Providers have asked us to clarify some parts of the Code. To learn more about these clarifications, read the CRTC Decisions related to the Wireless Code.

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