Consumer Information

Online Databases – Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

EBSCOhost MasterFILE Premier – Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, the MasterFILE Premier database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications including hundreds of popular magazines such as Consumer ReportsGood Housekeeping, and People, as well as full text for nearly 500 reference books. Also included are 165,000 primary source documents and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags.

Subject Guides – Open Resources (no login required)

In the Library

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Consumer Education 640.73
House Buying 643.12
House Selling 333.33 & 643.12

General Consumer Resources

Canadian Consumer Information Gateway – Information about fraud, consumer protection and other subjects for Canadian consumers. Does not include product reviews.

Canadian Toy Testing Council – Useful information for toy consumers.

Consumer Search.com – A U.S. site that claims to find the best reviews, analyze the choices and provide the best products.

Better Business Bureau. – US and Canadian, including Vancouver Island BBB.

Marketplace – Website for CBC’s consumer information TV show. Shows list of recalled products.

Strategis for Consumers – From Industry Canada. Links to National Do Not Call List.

iOptOut – View a categorized list and opt-out of further contact from exempt organizations. Include charities, business with prior relationships, political parties, survey companies and newspapers.


See Automotive eResource page


Healthy Canadians – Federal government site that gives you access to reliable, easy-to-understand information about health and safety relating to many aspects of our lives.


BC Housing Rental Assistance Program – Program gives eligible low-income, working families with cash assistance to help with monthly rent payments.

British Columbia Real Estate Association – Information for real estate professionals, as well as buyers and sellers.

Mortgage Calculator – Calculates monthly, bi-monthly or weekly mortgage payment.


Protect Your Data, Protect Yourself – An industry-led initiative designed to help ensure that Canadian wireless users have the information they need to keep their personal information safe and secure, and to promote the safe use of wireless devices.