2014–15 Project Summaries: Contributions Program for Non-profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations

2014-15 Funded Research Project Contributions
Organization / Project Type Project Title Project Detail Awarded Amount
Year 1 Year 2
Automobile Protection Association
Research Survey of Extra Charges in the Retailing of New Vehicles Details $71,470 $0
Automobile Consumer Coalition
Research Subprime and Extended Auto Loans, A Potential Consumer Debt Crisis? Details $69,950 $0
Consumers Council of Canada
Research Consumer Experiences in Online Payday Loans Details $45,500 $0
Stuck in the Middle: Consumers, Transaction Fees and Loyalty Programs Details $63,000 $0
Options for a sustained institutional role for consumer organizations in internal trade harmonization initiatives Details $96,800 $0
Food Secure Canada
Research Paying for Nutrition: Income and Food Costs Across Canada Details $48,960 $51,030
Option consommateurs
Research The cost of getting something free: should limits be imposed on the collection of personal information as part of online behavioural advertising? Details $79,788 $0
There will be pie in the sky when you die: a look at retirement planning tools offered by financial institutions Details $59,146 $0
Canadian Viewpoints on the Harmonization of Consumer Protection Standards Details $91,986 $0
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Research Off the grid? Pinpointing Location-Based Technologies and the Law Details $74,053 $0
Dispute Resolution in Internal Trade Agreements Details $91,000 $0
Service de Protection et d'Information du Consommateur
Research Mitigating the impact on vulnerable consumers of the Canadian government's decision to stop issuing cheques Details $46,160 $0
Union des consommateurs
Research Cable problems: what individual recourse is there for Canadian consumers? Details $92,102 $0
The Wireless Code: who's the winner? Reviewing the new services Details $66,514 $0
The truth behind the obligation to take back returned items: return policies or take-back times for in-store purchases Details $56,830 $0
Prepaid wireless services: protection from bill shock? Details $47,350 $0
Lifting of barriers to internal trade and consumer protection: the example of the European Union Details $61,750 $0
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