The Ontario government is reviewing how event tickets are sold online

Feb 28 2017, 4:34 pm

Did you miss out on the Red Hot Chili Peppers when they were in Toronto┬ábecause you couldn’t secure tickets?

Or are you upset that the upcoming Justin Bieber shows in September are sold-out and you have to fork out US dollars on StubHub if you want to go?

The Ontario Government hears your frustrations, and is working on reviewing the rules for buying and tickets online.

On February 28, the province announced that it is looking to give fans “a fair shot at getting tickets to see their favourite team, musical act or theatrical performance.”

In a press release, the province said that popular shows and games often sell-out, and many tickets are posted on resale sites at a much higher price than the original value, leaving fans unable to find tickets at a price they can afford.

And today, fans can help the provincial government as they develop new legislation to process the buying and selling of event tickets.

The province is looking for feedback in four key areas:

Access – making sure everyone has a fair shot at buying tickets for popular events
Affordability – addressing consumer concerns about resale prices and service charges
Transparency – making more information available to consumers when they buy tickets
Enforcement – making sure laws are followed.

Interested individuals can take part in the consultations online, and have until March 15 to complete the survey.

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