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:

Your consumer rights

Read the simplified Wireless Code to learn more about your rights. You can also learn more about why the CRTC created the Wireless Code in 2013 and what changes were made as a result of a review of the Code in 2017.

ASL/LSQ Videos

Watch the American Sign Language (ASL) video on The Wireless Code and Your Rights as a Canadian Wireless Consumer.

Also available in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) : Code sur les services sans fil et de vos droits à titre de consommateurs canadiens.

What the CRTC’s Wireless Code Means for You

No cancellation fees after 2 years

You can cancel your contract after 2 years with no cancellation fees – even if you have agreed to a longer term.

Limit on data & roaming charges

Extra data charges and data roaming charges are capped to prevent bill shock.

The account holder, by default, is the only one who can consent to data overage and data roaming charges beyond the established limits, or authorize another user to do so.

Unlocked cellphones

Mobile devices unlocked free of charge, upon request, and all newly purchased devices unlocked.

Trial period

You can return your cellphone within 15 days, without penalty, if you are unhappy with your service. Use up to half of your allowed monthly usage during the trial period.

Persons with disabilities: You can return your cellphone within 30 days, without penalty, if you are unhappy with your service. Use up to 100% of your allowed monthly usage during the trial period.

Clear language

Your contract and related documents must be provided to you in plain language.

If you feel your Wireless service provider is not following these rules, contact them directly. If you’re not satisfied with the answer, contact the CCTS.

PDF version

Have a question?

If you have a question regarding the Wireless Code, visit our Support Centre.

Have a complaint?

Infographic identifying the steps to take in order to resolve issues with your service provider.
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Issues with your wireless provider? Step 1: Try to resolve it with your services provider. Step 2: File a complaint with the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services.

Secret shopper program

In the Report on Misleading or Aggressive Communications Retail Sales Practices, the CRTC found that it is apparent that misleading or aggressive retail sales practices are present in the telecommunications service provider market in Canada and identified a nationwide secret shopper program as a potential solution to monitoring all service providers’ retail sales practices. The 2020 Secret Shopper Project Detailed Findings Report details the findings of the first round of this secret shopper program, with a focus on the larger wireless service providers.

Public opinion surveys

We have asked Canadians about their mobile plans and experience with wireless service providers, each year, since the Wireless Code was created. Here's what we found:

Ensuring providers follow the rules

Each year the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) reports publicly on all consumer complaints related to the Wireless Code. Those reports list the types of complaints that have been resolved. Read their annual and mid-year reports.

We require all service providers to report annually on their compliance to make sure they’re following the rules. In 2014, service providers were required to report on their implementation of the Wireless Code. You can read the results in the Implementation Report Card [PDF], which is based on the providers’ Compliance Reports.

The CRTC has also commissioned a report by Deloitte LLP to provide an overview of the collection and use of Canadians’ Personal Information (PI) by Wireless Service Providers (WSP) and third party entities.

Ensuring Canadians continue to be protected by the Code

The CRTC has initiated a consultation to examine whether device financing plans are in compliance with the Code. After review, we concluded that the Wireless Code does apply to device financing plans and early cancellation fees. We’re also trying to understand why some service providers announced they would start charging for customer support interactions.

Clarifying the Code

The CRTC recently published clarifications related to the Wireless Code. To learn more about these clarifications, read the CRTC Decisions related to the Wireless Code.

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