New Year’s resolutions: from pledging to be kinder to your sibling to flossing more often and (finally) dusting off that guitar and learning to play, many of us are starting the New Year with great intentions. If you’re like many of us and have a fitness resolution on your list, this blog post serves as a refresher of your fitness contract rights.
Fitness contract right #1: you must receive a copy of the contract
You must receive a copy of your contract within 15 days of signing and it must include all the required information. If the contract does not contain the information required, you may cancel by giving notice of cancellation to the supplier – the gym no later than one year after they received a copy of the contract.
Fitness contract right #2: you can cancel within 10 days
Gym isn’t the right fit for your needs? You can cancel your fitness contract within 10 days after you receive a copy of your signed contract – no matter what. If you cancel your contract, the business must provide a refund within 15 days of the date of cancellation.
Fitness contract right #3: you can cancel if there is a material change in your circumstances
Life happens, and this can impact your ability to continue with your fitness program. Under certain circumstances (called a material change) you can cancel your fitness contract after your initial 10 days. This includes a physical, mental or medical disability confirmed in writing by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner stating that continued participation is unreasonable. A material change can also occur if you move more than 30 km away from the facility and the supplier does not provide comparable facilities in the new location.
Fitness contract right #4: you can cancel if there is a material change in the services provided by the supplier.
You can cancel your contract if there is a material change in the circumstances of the fitness providers. This includes the services are not being completed or are no longer available. This is also the case if the supplier relocates the facility more than 30 km away and does not provide comparable facilities within 30 km from your location. If these events occur, you have the right to cancel your contract.
For more information on continuing services contracts, check out our other blog posts below. More helpful information can be found on our website, including contract cancellation forms.
Happy New Year!