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How to Check Out If a Canadian Business Is Legitimate?

Stephen Lilley

Just like with American businesses, Canadian businesses are monitored by an organization called the "Better Business Bureau (BBB)." Customer complaints are tracked through the BBB, as are the specific ways a company handles those complaints. Based on this formula each company is given a rating, and it is with that rating that you can determine whether or not a particular Canadian business is legitimate.

  1. Visit the Canadian Better Business Bureau website at http://www.bbb.org/canada/

  2. Click "Check Out a Business or Charity," a link that can be found on the right-hand side of the page in a dark blue box.

  3. Type the name of the business you are researching into the "Search For" box. Type the location of the business (if you know it) into the "In" box.

  4. Click "Search." Click the name of the appropriate business in the Better Business Bureau "Search" results. The page that appears will allow you to determine whether or not the business is legitimate. The rating for the business will appear on a scale of "A" to "F", with "F" being poor and "A" being excellent. You can read complaints that have been filed against the business, allowing you to see if they were handled in a legitimate manner or if they were ignored by the company.