Telecom Commission Letter Addressed to Mr. Caleb Kalenuik (VerseTEL Communications Ltd.)
Ottawa, 5 June 2017
Mr. Caleb Kalenuik
VerseTEL Communications Ltd.
131 Saunders Road, Unit 4&5
Barrie, Ontario, L4N 9A7
Subject: Your company’s mandatory participation in the CCTS
Dear Mr. Caleb Kalenuik:
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)Footnote1 has been informed that VerseTEL Communications Ltd. has failed to become a participant in the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)Footnote2 .
The CCTS provides a valuable service to Canadians, helping them resolve disputes with their Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs). As such, the CRTC has determined that participation in the CCTS is mandatory for all TSPs, including resellers that provide services within the scope of the CCTS’ mandate. Over 300 TSPs, large and small, are participants in the CCTS.
Failure to participate in the CCTS is taken very seriously by the CRTC and may result in enforcement action being taken against non-compliant TSPs. As of April 2017, the CRTC has started to impose administrative monetary penalty (AMP) on TSPs failing to participate in the CCTS.
Based on the information provided to the CRTC by the CCTS, VerseTEL Communications Ltd. was required to become a participant in the CCTS by 16 February 2017 but has failed to do so. As a result, VerseTEL Communications Ltd. could be found to be in violation of the Telecommunications Act because it had contravened the CRTC’s participation requirement. Appendix A provides more details concerning the requirement that VerseTEL Communications Ltd. participate in the CCTS.
In order to avoid the CRTC taking enforcement actions against your company, VerseTEL Communications Ltd. is required to become a participant in the CCTS and provide proof that it has done so (i.e., a copy of correspondence from the CCTS acknowledging your company’s participation) to the Chief Consumer Officer of the CRTC by 27 June 2017.
Should you have questions about registering as a participating TSP or the triggering complaint, you can contact Ms. Josée Thibault at the CCTS at 613-688-4752. If you have questions specific to the CRTC’s requirements concerning CCTS participation and the Telecommunications Act, you may contact Nanao Kachi, Director of Social and Consumer Policy, at 819-997-4700 or email@example.com.
Original signed by
Chief Consumer Officer and Executive Director
Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy
Appendix A – Details concerning the requirement that VerseTEL Communications Ltd. participate in the CCTS
As per paragraph 45 of Broadcasting and Telecom Regulatory Policy 2016-102, the CRTC requires, pursuant to sections 24 and 24.1 of the Telecommunications Act, that as a condition of offering or providing telecommunication services:
- Every person (i.e. TSP) who is not a participant in the CCTS as of March 17, 2016 become and remain a participant in the CCTS commencing 30 days after the date on which the CCTS informs that person that the CCTS has received a complaint related to telecommunications services provided by it falling within the scope of the CCTS’s mandate.
For clarity, the term "person" includes every Canadian carrier and every person who is not a Canadian carrier, as defined in the Telecommunications Act.
Based on the information provided to the CRTC by the CCTS, VerseTEL Communications Ltd. was required to become a participant in the CCTS by 16 February 2017 but has failed to comply with this requirement. Specifically the CCTS informed the CRTC that:
- The CCTS received an in-scope complaint from a customer of VerseTEL Communications Ltd. on 4 January 2017 that triggered the CCTS participation requirement;
- The CCTS provided written notice to VerseTEL Communications Ltd. on
- 16 January 2017 that VerseTEL Communications Ltd. was required to become a participant by 16 February 2017;
- The CCTS provided a subsequent written notice to VerseTEL Communications Ltd. on 16 February 2017; and
- As of the date of this letter, VerseTEL Communications Ltd. has failed to become participant in the CCTS as required.
- Date modified: