The Facts

Why is Commissioner Aitken pursuing action against TREB?

Commissioner Aitken’s motives are unclear. But, TREB is troubled that she is taking action that would force TREB to release private information openly and without accountability on the Internet.

TREB strongly believes that REALTORS® have an obligation to protect consumers’ personal information. That’s why TREB and REALTOR® Members are fighting for the privacy rights of consumers.

Why is the Commissioner wrong? What are your concerns with her proposals?

The Competition Bureau is taking action that would force TREB to abandon the safeguards in the MLS® system and make all personal information publicly available on the Internet.

If the Competition Commissioner gets her way and the MLS® system is dismantled, consumers’ private information could end up freely available on the Internet, including:

  • Seller’s name and address
  • Property floor plans
  • Sensitive property access information
  • Negotiated sale price
  • Mortgage details

Not surprisingly, Ontarians are concerned about the consequences of the Competition Bureau’s actions:

  • 75% of Ontarians believe that personal information such as name and final sale price should be kept confidential by REALTOR® professionals. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.
  • 70% of homeowners do not want their personal contact information released to the public. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.
  • 67% of Ontarians oppose any measure to make personal contact information such as name and address available to others who are not subject to a professional code of conduct. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.

If Commissioner Aiken gets her way, Ontarians won’t. TREB is standing up for GTA consumers.

If Commissioner Aitken is successful and the system becomes open, what future do you foresee for TREB?

It’s not the future of TREB that’s important, but the future for GTA buyers and sellers.

The Competition Bureau is taking action that would force TREB to abandon the privacy safeguards of MLS® and make personal information publicly available on the Internet.

If the Competition Commissioner gets her way and the privacy safeguards of MLS® are dismantled, consumers’ private information could end up freely available on the Internet, including:

  • Seller’s name and address
  • Property floor plans
  • Sensitive property access information
  • Negotiated sale price
  • Mortgage details

Have you consulted with the public on this?

TREB commissioned a poll of Ontarians by Angus Reid Vision Critical to see what Ontarians think about abandoning the privacy safeguards of MLS®.
Not surprisingly, Ontarians are concerned:

  • 75% of Ontarians believe that personal information such as name and final sale price should be kept confidential by REALTOR® professionals. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.
  • 70% of homeowners do not want their personal contact information released to the public. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.
  • 67% of Ontarians oppose any measure to make personal contact information such as name and address available to others who are not subject to a professional code of conduct. Commissioner Aitken wants to release this information.

Why are you fighting for consumers?

REALTORS® have an obligation to protect consumers’ personal information. That’s why TREB and REALTOR® Members are fighting for the privacy rights of consumers.

We are running this campaign to ensure that Ontarians know their privacy is our priority.