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Only a third of residents have not dealt with salespeople at their doorstep in the past four years.

Calgary, AB – Residents of Alberta are decidedly on side with the provincial government’s decision to ban door-to-door sales of home energy products, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of Albertans, 85% say they agree with the government’s decision, while only 8% disagree with it.


The ban, announced by the provincial government in November and implemented in 2017, compels companies that offer home energy products—including furnaces, water heaters and energy contracts—to rely on the Internet, phone or other means to contact prospective customers.

Albertans who voted for the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the 2015 provincial election are wholeheartedly supportive of the ban (92%), but sizeable majorities of those who voted for the Liberal (86%), Wildrose (83%) and Progressive Conservative parties (79%) believe the government took the right course of action.

Only a third of Albertans (32%) say they have not had a person try to sell them energy products at their doorstep over the past four years. Two-in-five Albertans (43%) have dealt with salespeople outside their home three times or more—a proportion that rises to 50% among Edmontonians.

“The new policy on door-to-door sales of home energy products has been embraced by most Albertans,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “It is rare to see this level of support at a time of extreme political volatility in the province.”

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

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About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from January 13 to January 17, 2017, among a representative sample of 606 Albertan adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 4.0 percentage points. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West


Photograph: Rebecca Siegel