Complaint Handling Process

After the Consumer Protection Office receives a complaint, an officer contacts the business and asks for a response. The officer then advises the consumer of that response. The process continues until an agreement is reached or until the parties reach an impasse. Dispute resolution can only take place when all parties are willing. The Office cannot impose a settlement or guarantee the results. If an agreement cannot be reached, either party may take the matter to court.

Why Dispute Resolution / Mediation?

  • Informal
  • Confidential
  • Individuals affected are involved in finding a solution
  • May resolve complaints more quickly than a more formal process

Files at the Consumer Protection Office are confidential by statute. Therefore, the Office cannot report to the public or comment on specific information regarding complaints.

To file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Office, contact us:

Consumer Protection Office
302-258 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0B6

Telephone (Winnipeg and area): 204-945-3800
Toll-free within Manitoba: 1-800-782-0067
Fax: 204-945-0728
Email: consumers@gov.mb.ca
Website: Consumer Protection Office