The responsibility is yours.
Calling 3-1-1 to confirm a contractor is licensed is a good
first step to help protect you from bad business practices,
but having a valid business licence does not guarantee
quality of work or the business operator’s ethics.
There are many other things you can do to guard against
contractor fraud, such as insisting on written estimates
and receipts. Here are some suggested resources:
Service Alberta “Home Renovations” Consumer Tip
Sheet at www.servicealberta.ca or 1-877-427-4088.
Alberta Seniors and Community Supports “If in Doubt,
Check it Out” fraud awareness tips and tools at
www.seniors.gov.ab.ca or 1-800-642-3853.
Canadian Home Builders’ Association website at
Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region
“RenoMark™” program at
www.renomark.ca or www.crhba.com.
Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association
“Heads Up Fraud Prevention Program” at
BBB Serving Southern Alberta “Hiring a Contractor” tips
at calgary.bbb.org or 403-517-4222.
Report fraudulent activity.
If a fraud occurs, report it to the Calgary Police Service at
266-1234. Please also notify 3-1-1 so The City’s business
licence inspectors can take the appropriate action.