Government Taking Action On Scalpers And Ticket Bots In BC – Public Survey

Victoria – The B.C. government is moving to clamp down on high-priced ticket scalping to make live-event tickets more affordable for British Columbians, says Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.

Government will begin by conducting a three-week survey on British Columbians’ experiences with ticket buying, reselling, and buying from resellers. That information will be used to develop recommendations for improving affordability, fairness and transparency.

The survey is aimed at people in B.C. who buy tickets for live events, and those who sometimes resell their tickets, to ensure that changes will improve fairness and transparency in how tickets for live events are bought and sold.

The public consultation will look to find out specifics on how people feel about parts of the ticket-buying process, such as:

  • how often they purchase event tickets (from resellers, online, through a venue, etc.);
  • experiences reselling tickets; and
  • what changes are needed to improve the fairness in the buying and selling process.

British Columbians have many opportunities to see sports, concerts, live theatre and other cultural or recreational events throughout the province. This survey will help shape the way government gives everyone a fair chance at seeing their desired events.

Once the survey concludes, ministry staff will use the results to develop recommendations for improving fairness and transparency. The survey results will be available to the public later in the spring.

The survey is open to residents of British Columbia and can be taken here: www.engage.gov.bc.ca/ticketbuying

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