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Consumer Advisory - Driveway Repair Contractors

Released on September 28, 2015

Consumers are advised to be cautious when it comes to unsolicited contract work for driveways.  If a contractor comes to your door with an unsolicited offer to pave, patch or apply a protective treatment to your driveway, ask for a direct seller’s license number.  Door-to-door salespersons are required to be licensed under The Direct Sellers Act.

You can confirm a contractor’s license is valid at

Red flags:
  • The price sounds too good to be true.
  • High pressure sales—if the sales representative pressures you to “act now or lose out on a limited time offer.”
  • The salesperson requires you to pay a substantial down payment before providing any services.
Protect yourself:
  • Check the validity of the licence number on FCAA411.
  • Get everything in writing and create a formal contract with clear expectations of the work to be done and the timeframe that the work has to be completed in.
  • Do not hand over a blank cheque.
If you have been contacted by unlicensed door-to-door salespersons offering to make driveway repairs, please contact the Consumer Protection Division at or toll free at 1-877-880-5550.

For more tips about contractors, please see our guide at


For more information, contact:

Noel Busse
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority
Phone: 306-798-4160

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