New Ontario Government Suspending Part of the Anti-Scalping Law

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According to a joint report by the CBC and Toronto Star, Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government led by Doug Ford is putting a freeze on a portion of the previous government’s [anti-scalping law]( The portion of the law that is being suspended is the section that would outlaw the markup of resold tickets to more than 50 per cent over face value.  The section that outlaws the use of ticket-buying bots will still go into effect.Numerous people and organizations, including Music Canada Live, had previously raised concerns about the unintended consequences of a price cap on resold tickets, saying that the law was unenforceable and would likely drive the resale of tickets to the black market, which only creates more risks for fans. Currently, secondary ticket market websites like SeatGeek and StubHub allow ticket holders to resell the tickets for any price they choose, but the sites at least verify the authenticity of the tickets, providing some security for the buyer.

However, there is close to unanimous support for the outlawing of ticket-buying bots, which are used by scalpers to unfairly buy up large blocks of tickets instantly, depriving fans of a fair chance to buy tickets at face value. This portion of the law will remain unchanged.

“The previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket resales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection,” Ford spokesperson Simon Jeffries wrote in an email statement to the CBC.  “We have paused the implementation of this section until we can review this provision in full to make sure it is in the best interest of Ontarians.”

To read the full report on CBC’s website, CLICK HERE.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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