PIAC joins in Open Letter to Finance Minister requesting OBSI be designated only bank ombuds

OTTAWA – 24 February 2022 – Today the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) joined leading Canadian consumer groups in an Open Letter to Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, requesting the Minister designate the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) as Canada’s only consumer banking complaints Ombuds service. “We have been asking […]

Campaign: Revising the Criminal Rate of Interest

OTTAWA – (8 December 2021) – Today the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) joins ACORN Canada, Momentum and over 30 groups representing anti-poverty, low-income, disability, immigrant and refugee, labour, tenant, progressive policy and related groups to advocate for reform of Canada’s regulation of high cost lending and to create safe and fair credit alternatives for […]

“We Fight for That” Ep. 11 – “The Internet Affordability Revolution will not be Subsidized with Shelley Robinson”

We interview Shelley Robinson, Executive Director of National Capital Freenet, about how the CRTC’s recent reversal of its decision on wholesale internet rates not only challenges smaller ISPs, but virtually guarantees that affordable service will not be extended to lower income Canadians and certainly not at higher speeds.

Canadians to pay more, have less choice, for Internet

OTTAWA, 27 May 2021 – Consumers likely will lose competitive service options and pay more for Internet as a result of today’s CRTC reconsideration of wholesale Internet rates, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) warned. John Lawford, PIAC Executive Director and General Counsel, decried the decision, saying: “Both the CRTC and the federal government lost […]