New CRTC Call Blocking System Kicks into Effect Tomorrow

Last year, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced it would force telecoms in Canada to implement a new call blocking system to stop telemarketing calls.

The CRTC gave telecoms one year to implement this new call blocking system, so the launch will take place tomorrow on December 19, 2020.

The system works by blocking calls with caller ID information is beyond 15 digits, while numbers that do not conform to a number that can be dialed will be blocked automatically.

“Providers that offer their subscribers call filtering services, which provide more advanced call management features, will not have to implement call blocking,” explains the CRTC.

“Canadians need to have the right tools to manage nuisance calls. With the implementation of a call blocking system, calls that are malformed will be stopped within the network. At the same time, we are working with the industry on other tools to better protect Canadians from nuisance calls, including a process to alert them when the caller ID has been spoofed,” said Ian Scott, Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC.

Earlier this month, the CRTC announced it would have telecoms implement a new framework to fight caller ID spoofing, which has emerged as a problem affecting many Canadians.