Your right to local telephone service
Everyone in Canada has the right to receive basic local home telephone services, subject to certain conditions.
You have the right to receive the following basic services as part of your local telephone service, where they are available:
access to emergency services, for example through 9-1-1;
access to the operator and directory assistance;
access to long distance calling;
access to special features, such as call display blocking;
access to message relay service, which is used to facilitate communications
with persons with speech or hearing disabilities;
a copy of the white and yellow pages of the local phone directory.
These services may not be available in all parts of the country but, where they are available, the phone company must provide them.
When there is phone service in your area and you have the required credit rating or credit guarantees, or if you are required to pay a deposit (see "Your rights regarding deposits" section), the phone company must provide local telephone service to your home. There may be instances where the phone company requires access to your property in order to provide phone service to you.
You are entitled to pay the initial connection charges over a period of up to six months for local telephone service. In areas where there is no telephone service, there may be options to make phone service available, if you agree to pay certain construction charges. If local telephone service is currently unavailable in your area, contact a phone company providing service in the nearest area and ask them to quote you a price for providing phone service to your home. You are entitled to pay any construction charges on a reasonable instalment basis.
Your right to choose a phone company
When more than one phone company offers service in your area, you can choose from whom to buy phone services, you can switch phone companies or you may be able to buy some services from one phone company and other services from another.
You have a right to choose your phone company and to choose the services that you receive from the phone company. You do not have to buy all of your services from the same phone company. For example, some customers buy their local telephone service from one company and their long distance service from another.
You have the right to change companies where more than one phone company offers service in your area. You can also change the services you are buying from any company (see "Your rights when you want to discontinue phone service" section).