Ontario passes law to ban scalper bots, strengthen ticket laws


TORONTO — Scalper bots are now banned in Ontario, as a bill to enact various measures to protect ticket buyers passed today, though the ticket industry warns some parts of it may actually disadvantage fans.

The provisions in a new Ticket Sales Act are contained in omnibus consumer protection legislation passed by the majority Liberal government that also includes strengthening rules around home warranties, real estate practices and travel services in Ontario.

Changes to ticket selling laws include banning so-called scalper bots, which buy a large number of tickets online for an event then resell them at a large profit.

The legislation also bans tickets from being resold at more than 50 per cent above the face value and makes it illegal to knowingly resell tickets that were purchased by bots.

Ticket sellers would also have to display an itemized list of all fees, taxes and service charges, and resellers would have to disclose the face value of the ticket.

But Ticketmaster has warned that the legislation puts companies that are playing by the rules at a disadvantage, and ticket resale site StubHub says capping ticket resale prices artificially controls a global market and will lead to unintended consequences.

The legislation originally required ticket sellers to disclose both the maximum capacity for a venue and the number of tickets going on sale. But the government changed that, to now only require sellers to disclose the maximum event capacity and the distribution method of the tickets.

The Canadian Press


  1. I got into a shouting match with a scalper outside of MLG years ago. He said he was “providing a service”, and that without him people couldn’t get “good seats”. I told him we could get “good seats at face value” if crooks like him didn’t buy them all up, first.

  2. Ok seeing as how Ticket master sells the tickets originally why are they upset about rules restricting the resale of said tickets (unless they are intending to take a cut of that resale price). and who is surprised that stubhub is upset that they cant sell a $100 ticket for $1500

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