CPA Public Affairs
December 2017

SK: The Direct Sellers Act Review in Saskatchewan

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The Direct Sellers Act (2013) is currently being reviewed by the Saskatchewan government to ensure the legislation still meets consumer protection standards in the province.  The CPA is watching this review closely as the Act presently contains an exclusion for "a person selling newspapers, water, propane gas or fuel petroleum products" from the requirement to be a licensed direct seller. One of the questions being reviewed is "whether current exemptions from licensing should be maintained". 

The CPA and its Saskatchewan member companies strongly believe that the exemption for selling propane gas is as applicable today as it was in 2013 and that maintaining the exclusion is important to customer relationships. The sizable propane industry our members have built with their customers is providing real value in Saskatchewan. Propane can be an important solution for the province in coming years as an answer to environmental, agricultural, energy, and economy concerns.     

Propane is the primary heating fuel for over 2,000 commercial, industrial and agricultural facilities, as well as over 3,000 primary residences in the province, year-round. Our Saskatchewan CPA members want their long-serving, and trusted vendor-consumer relationships to continue without disruption. 

With all Canadian provinces and territories looking for lower hydrocarbon alternatives, the CPA also took this opportunity to promote propane as an environmentally friendly energy for Saskatchewan. Propane already plays an important role in rural, Indigenous and remote communities in the province. 

The CPA has approached the Saskatchewan government to offer assistance on their review of the Direct Sellers Act. 

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