March 2023

Office of Consumer Affairs

March 2023

In this edition of Consumer Edge, get information on this year's Fraud Prevention Month campaign, discover the Government of Canada's new Housing page and read Équiterre's report on zero-waste opportunities for Canadian food retailers and distributors.

March is Fraud Prevention Month

Fraud Prevention Month (FPM) is here and the theme for this year's national campaign is "Tricks of the trade: What's in a fraudster's toolbox?"

Learn about some of the most common fraud techniques being used so you can stay vigilant and protect yourself. Take some time this month to check out FPM resources offered by the Competition Bureau and its partners, to get tips on how to recognize, reject and report fraud and then test your knowledge using the fraud quiz.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #FPM2023 and following @CompBureau on Twitter.

The Government of Canada's new Housing page

With housing affordability being top-of-mind for Canadians, the Government of Canada has made finding current housing information easier, through the creation of the new Housing page.

You can find the most relevant information on how to choose, finance, maintain and improve the place you call home, as well as housing resources for specific groups.

This new page will help you navigate the programs that the government has developed to help move more Canadians into homes. So continue to watch this page as more programs and resources become available for homebuyers and renters alike.

Équiterre: Strategy for a zero-waste Canada

In 2021, Équiterre received funding through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program for Non-Profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations to undertake a two-year research study on zero-waste opportunities to reduce packaging for Canadian food retailers. They released the results of this study last month in a report titled "Solutions to Reduce Packaging for Canadian Retailers".

The project focused on the challenges and opportunities faced by Canadian food retailers and distributors as they move towards zero-waste products. Read the report to see Équiterre's recommendations for governments, retailers, major retail chains and consumers interested in helping to develop and support a zero-waste strategy in Canada.

Consumer news spotlight:

News Release: Fraud Prevention Month 2023: Fraud losses in Canada reach another historic level

Find more consumer-related information from the Government of Canada on the News for consumers page.