As the Ottawa Citizen reminds us, the new national do-not-call system goes into effect this Tuesday:
Canadians fed up with unsolicited telemarketers will be able to register Tuesday on a national do-not-call list established by Canada’s telecommunications regulator and operated by Bell Canada… Residents can register their home and cellphone numbers to block unwanted telemarketers…
The number to call is 1-866-580-3625. The CRTC sign-up page for the do-not-call list is here. It will take up to a month for the telemarketers to comply.
Note that, as the CRTC acknowledges, this will only “reduce the number” of calls, because the exemptions are broad. Michael Geist has introduced iOptOut, a site that enables you to remove yourself from the lists of nearly all exempt organizations in one simple step.