When is the last time you bought anything and had to pay EXTRA for the bill?

(Sign the petition below!)

Recently you may have noticed a new fee has appeared on your monthly bills. Many telephone, internet, television and other companies have begun to charge you an additional fee to continue to receive a statement of your monthly bill in the mail.

You may be a loyal customer for years who has always received a bill in the mail but now you’re being charged extra for it. These fees force you to pay to receive the bill, so you can then pay that bill. They’re making you pay, to pay.

Pay-to-Pay Fees unfairly target seniors, those who do not have regular access to the internet or do not feel comfortable performing such transactions online, and Canadian families already struggling to pay their bills.

If these companies were serious about reducing the amount of paper in circulation they would have offered a discount for those who use online billing rather than penalize those who cannot easily make the transition.

This is an obvious cash-grab, worth millions of dollars and it is largely Canadian seniors who are being stuck with the bill.

The NDP is calling on the Conservative Government and all of its agencies, to take action, stop the rip-offs and prohibit Pay-to-Pay Fees.

Add your voice and sign the petition!

Petition to the House of Commons

WHEREAS:

  • Many telephone, internet, television and banking companies have introduced a new ‘Pay-to-Pay’ fee for customers who continue to receive a printed statement of their monthly bill;
  • These charges effectively force consumers to pay an additional fee just so they can pay their bills;
  • ‘Pay-to-Pay’ fees unfairly penalize seniors, those who do not have regular access to the internet or do not feel comfortable performing such transactions online, and Canadian families already struggling to pay their bills;
  • Customers who do use online billing options are not reimbursed for the savings they provide;

WE THE UNDERSIGNED call upon the Government of Canada, its agencies, ministries and departments, to employ the measures at their disposal, appropriate to their jurisdiction, in order to prohibit the charging of consumers for receiving a monthly bill or statement in the mail.

Thomas Mulcair