04/08/2014 01:22 EDT | Updated 06/08/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia to toughen fines in effort to combat aggressive door-to-door sales

HALIFAX - Companies violating door-to-door sales regulations in Nova Scotia would face set fines of $300,000 each under legislation introduced by the provincial government.

Currently, corporations that contravene the Direct Sellers' Regulation Act face fines of $1,000.

The amendments to the act would also see the range of fines against individuals rise to between $500 to $25,000.

That range of fines is now $100 to $1,000.

The changes would also allow the government to identify the names of people and companies accused of violating the act in order to warn the public.

Consumers would also be allowed to cancel contracts at any time.

Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey says the changes are intended to protect seniors from misleading and aggressive tactics by door-to-door sales people and companies.

Furey says the changes would bring Nova Scotia's regulations and fines governing door-to-door sales in line with most other provinces.

He says the new fines would take effect July 1, while the remainder of the changes would be proclaimed once the regulations are finalized.