(Consumers' Association of Canada, Alberta)

Alberta Consumers' Association

Sources of Consumer Information

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Organizations Associated with the Alberta Consumers' Association

Consumers' Association of Canada

The Consumers' Association of Canada, (http://www.consumer.ca), an independent, non-profit volunteer organization, represents and informs consumers and advocates action on their behalf to improve the quality of life.

An interesting affiliated organization is CAC Manitoba (http://www.mbnet.mb.ca/crm/law/cac01.html).  While the site focuses on services available to Manitoba consumers, many provinces have similar organizations to help consumers.

Government Sites

Office of Consumer Affairs-Industry Canada

Consumer Connection: Office of Consumer Affairs-Industry Canada http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_consu/consaffairs/engdoc/oca.html

Consumer Affairs-Alberta

Alberta Consumer Affairs, a Division of Government Services http://www.gov.ab.ca/ma/hca/consumer/index.htm

Health Canada

In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada provides national leadership to develop health policy, enforce health regulations, promote disease prevention and enhance healthy living for all Canadians.  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/

Health Information Sources

The Health Links page has several links to consumer and professional information about health care.  These sites have a wealth of information about food safety, medical information, and public health policy.  Many of the sites have taken the time to translate medical jargon into useful consumer information.  However, there are several sites for those individuals that need current information about diseases and treatments.  Many of these sites provide links to specialty sites.  Also, users should check for partners or affiliates for more sources of health information.

Caution is advised because the information provided about the sites was provided by the site owners.  Consumers should be aware that some sites promote certain treatments and some sponsored sites rely on advertising and other revenues that may affect the information they provide and how they provide it.  Some sponsored sites belong to the Health on the Net Foundation which has a  code of ethics for health care sites.    Also, before providing any personal information, consumers should read the site's Privacy Policy.  A question every user should ask is, "Do I want this information shared with third parties or affiliates?"  And don't hesitate to ask who the third parties or affiliates are.

Other Canadian Information Sources

About.com Canadian Consumer Information Index

About.com Canadian Consumer Information Index (http://canadaonline.miningco.com/msubmenu2.htm) also has links to many Canadian consumer information sites.

About.com Consumer Information: Scams

This About.com index, Consumer Information: Scams, lists sites that provide information about many common and current scams. http://canadaonline.miningco.com/msub106.htm

CBC Market Place

CBC Market Place (http://www.tv.cbc.ca/market/) is a consumer affairs show.  This site archives many of the reports featured on the program.

Child & Family Canada

Child & Family Canada (http://www.cfc-efc.ca/index.html) is presented through the cooperation of 46 non-profit organizations committed to the health and well-being of children and their families. The web site was initiated by the Canadian Child Care Federation with the support of Human Resources Development Canada, and Industry Canada.   They have information provided by member organizations on a wide variety of topics.  One of these topics is media influence, including the internet, on young people.

GoEdmonton.Net - Government, Politics and Law

GoEdmonton.Net - Government, Politics and Law (http://www.ecn.ab.ca/gov/) contains links to sources of political and legal information.

Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC)

A Canadian safety, certification, testing, quality registration, and standards development organization dedicated entirely to the protection of life and property, UNDERWRITERS' LABORATORIES OF CANADA (ULC http://ulc.ca) is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. With modern and fully equipped testing laboratories, it exists for the purpose of investigating devices and materials as to their relation to life, fire or accident hazards, or their value in crime prevention, and to providing authoritative information to inspection authorities.

Business and Money

About.com: Investing Canada

Investing Canada is the About.com index of Canadian investment information sites.  Linked sites provide information about investing in Canada and Canadian financial institutions.  (http://investingcanada.about.com/money/investingcanada/mbody.htm)

About.com Personal Finance: Credit
This About.com index focuses on Personal Finance: Credit in Canada: applying for credit, managing credit, calculators, costs, and debt problems. http://canadaonline.miningco.com/msub18.htm

CALM 20 Financial Links
http://www.2learn.ca/currlinks/2teach/netsteps/calm.html

Canadian Bankruptcy Law Centre has articles covering bankruptcy, insolvency, business or personal, credit bureaus and debt collection.  Also, the page has links to pages specializing in Provincial Law. http://wwlia.org/ca-bankr.htm

Other Information Sources

Consumer World

Consumer World ® is an American public service, non-commercial site which has gathered over 1800 of the most useful consumer resources on the Internet, and categorized them here for easy access. Whether you want to find buying advice and product reviews, comparison shop for bargains and last minute travel, file a consumer complaint with a government or company consumer affairs department or the BBB, read 100s of consumer rights booklets, find a low rate credit card or mortgage, look up the wholesale price of a car, get personal finance tips, read news of the latest scams, research a law, or clip electronic coupons, you can do it in Consumer World. http://www.consumerworld.org/

Consumer Reports Online

Consumer Reports Online (http://www.consumerreports.org/index.html) is the American online site for Consumer Reports.  There are some free product evaluations and other information on this U.S. member only site.

GTE Superpages - Consumer Guide

Consumer Guide TM provides you with the unbiased, independent information
you need to make informed, intelligent decisions--as we have for about 30 years. http://cg.gte.net/cgi-bin/osform/bestbuys?osform_template=main.html This is a U.S. site.

Product ReviewNet

Welcome to Product ReviewNet! Thousands of summaries of product reviews from hundreds of online and print sources for fast and easy product research. http://www.productreviewnet.com/home.html  This is a U.S. sponsored site.

Internet Fraud Watch

Internet Fraud Watch (http://www.fraud.org/internet/inttip/itpset.htm) is a project of the National Consumers League.

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov/), Bureau of Consumer Protection's mandate is to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices.


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