Ensuring Fair Access to Entertainment Tickets

    McGuinty Government Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Consumer

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ -


    Proposed amendments to Ontario's Ticket Speculation Act to be introduced
today would, if passed, help ensure that Ontario consumers have fair access to
tickets for their favourite concerts, sporting events and theatrical
    The new provisions respond to public concern that companies may make
tickets available for sale to popular Ontario events on the primary market and
then on the secondary market, at a much higher price.
    The legislation, if passed, would prohibit related primary and secondary
ticket sellers from selling tickets to the same event. An individual fine of
up to $5,000 and a corporate fine of up to $50,000 would also be created for


    "Ontarians have spoken out clearly, resoundingly and unequivocally
against companies benefitting from the primary and secondary markets. This is
about fairness. We are determined to ensure that Ontarians have fair access to
entertainment tickets for events taking place in the province."
    - Chris Bentley, Attorney General

    "We are ensuring that fair business practices continue to be the standard
in Ontario. Ontarians deserve to know that they are getting fair and equitable
access to event tickets."
    - Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Consumer Services


    Read Ontario's Ticket Speculation Act

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For further information:

For further information: Jessica Bishop, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3266; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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