Business Registration/Transient Trader

Business Registration

The business registration process is a simple form that potential businesses are required to complete and provide to the Town, under by-law 650/10, prior to opening their business; "No person shall commence or carry on a business unless they have completed and submitted a Business Registration Form".

The purpose of the registry is to ensure we have communication with the business owner at the outset of the business development process and can verify site location for conformity with the Official Plan and other regulations such as adherance to the Building Code and Fire Codes.

Contravention of any provision in by-law 650/10 does constitue and offence and upon conviction is liable to a fine pursuant to the provisions of the Provincial Offenses Act.


Transient Traders Licence

Council of the Town of Petawawa implemented a Transient Trader licence in order to ensure that out of town businesses that were operating a door to door sales campaign were registered and approved by the Town.  In order to ensure this they enacted a Transient Trader by-law.  All non-Petawawa businesses that operate, in this manner, are required to complete the Transient Trader documentation and provide all additional information as requested in the by-law.

This process allows staff to review the business and product to ensure that they are permitted to operate and conduct business in this manner.  It also allows staff the opportunity to make a posting on our website that advises residents that the business has in fact registered with the Town and will be in the community for a specified length of time.

Any business that fails to undergo this process is in violation and will be reported to the Ontario Provincial Police and/or ticketed by our By-law Enforcement Officer.

As of March 1, 2018, Ontario has banned unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect the consumer from aggressive and misleading contracting at home.  Please see the attached communication from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services regarding the new law and the list of household appliances included in the ban. If you wish to report a violation of this law please contact Consumer Protection Ontario at 1-800-889-9768.

Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st
New Law will Protect Consumers at Home
February 23, 2018 10:00 A.M.

Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario will ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home.

Businesses will only be able to enter into a contract in the consumer's home if the consumer has contacted the business ahead of time and invited them into their home for the purpose of entering into a contract. Contracts that are in violation of the new rules relating to door-to-door contract solicitation will be considered void, and consumers will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations.

The new rules will apply to:

Air cleaners
Air conditioners
Air purifiers
Duct cleaning services
Water filters
Water heaters
Water purifiers
Water softeners
Water treatment devices
Bundles of these goods and services


In addition, businesses will be required to keep a record of how contact with the consumer entering the contract was made, and all contracts signed in the home for these goods and services will also have a 10-day cooling-off period, allowing consumers to cancel the contract for any reason without penalty.

Protecting consumers is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


" These new laws will ensure that people arent being taken advantage of through unsolicited door-to-door contracting. We have heard from many consumers, including many seniors, who are being taken advantage of at their doorsteps. Our government is taking steps to protect Ontario consumers and provide them with more protection against aggressive and misleading door-to-door contracting tactics so that they can enjoy peace of mind in their homes."

- Tracy MacCharles Minister of Government and Consumer Services


  • Door-to-door contracts have been among the top complaints received by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
  • Ontario is the second province in Canada to restrict door-to-door solicitation and contracts.
  • If a consumer calls for a repair, maintenance or any other reason, businesses will onlybe allowed to leave information about the products and services they offer, unless the business has a written contract in place with the consumer and secures the consumer’s approval in advance of the visit to solicit a contract for the restricted goods or services.
  • Businesses will need to keep a record of how contact with the consumer was made and provide consumers with clear information about their rights.


Know your rights about door-to-door contracts