According to Stats Can http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/job_futures/statistics/6232.shtml there are 16,000 real estate agents in Canada. They rely heavily on electronic communication to stay in touch with past clients, current clients and potential clients. Over 37% of real estate agents earn more than $50,000 a year.
The insurance industry employs 18,650 people (http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/job_futures/statistics/6231.shtml). Over 26% of insurance agents earn more than $50,000 a year.
According to CAAMP (http://www.naylornetwork.com/caampdirectory/SearchResult.asp?Lang=&Show=All) there are 10,452 mortgage agents. This number does not include mortgage agents who are not members of CAAMP. According to Stats Can 25% loan officers earn over $50,000.00 a year http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/job_futures/statistics/1232.shtml.
Information from the Direct Sellers Association states that there are over 882,000 people earning income from home based direct sales businesses (I’m one and have been for years) http://www.dsa.ca/content/industry/stats.php.
On July 1st 2014 we are driving more of these people out of business, reducing their income, reducing income tax generated, increasing their expenses and reducing the choices the buying public have. On July 1st 2014 Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) becomes law (http://fightspam.gc.ca/eic/site/030.nsf/eng/home). These hard working people now have to ensure they follow tight email regulations or face severe penalties.
We’ve already attacked these hard working people. On September 30, 2008, Canada’s National Do Not Call List (DNCL) was launched to give Canadians a choice but what it really did was force these professionals into more expensive means of contacting people and implemented a very expensive call list, an annual subscription is $33,642.
People complain about unsolicited mail in their mailbox and post signs saying “No Flyers”. Canada Post has developed a policy about ad mail and gives instructions on how to eliminate ad mail from your mailbox. (https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/support/helpcentre/receiving/admail_stop.jsf?ssl=1)
I like junk mail and flyers because sometimes I learn something and I get to read other people’s copywriting.
There are people working to eliminate door knocking as a means of generating new business for these hard working people.
As a country we share more information over the internet than we ever used to tell our best friend yet we attack people who are trying to make a living.
Looking to the future I see us travelling backwards with our communication methods…
Smoke signals… until the environmental protection agencies get upset,
Semaphore…except we would have to educate the entire country and then somebody would complain that the flags and signals give them a headache and intrude upon their privacy,
Walking the streets wearing a billboard… until somebody complains that it is a visual distraction and violates their eye space
I know this posting won’t make me popular but the emotional knee jerk reaction of some people really bugs me.
Instead of pushing for more laws and costing the country more money I make a different choice… I choose not to answer my phone when I don’t want to, I choose not to read unsolicited email if I don’t want to, I choose not to read ad mail if I don’t want to. I choose not to over regulate honest hard working people trying to make a living.
What are your thoughts on this vicious attack on the income of over 927,102 hard working Canadians? How are these laws affecting you?