Marketplace

On air since 1972, Marketplace is Canada’s consumer watchdog. We get the goods to help you shop smarter and protect yourself from slick scams and misleading marketing claims. We investigate the products and services we all use every day and push companies and government for answers. And we expose the truth on stories that matter to you and your family.

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Episodes

Marketplace Tired doctors: How your doctor’s schedule could harm your health

Do tired and overworked doctors working marathon hours make more mistakes? Sleepless shifts of up to 30 hours are routine for many of Canada’s 12,000 resident doctors. That’s unacceptable and dangerous, according to a panel of medical experts. But Canada has no national standard for the hours residents work. David Common and two doctors stay awake and put themselves to ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/19/2016

Marketplace Coffee cups: Do the coffee giants really recycle?

We love our take out coffee, but what happens to all those cups? Coffee companies like Tim Hortons and Starbucks say they recycle them. We stake out two coffee giants and find out how green those promises really are. Canadians drink about 1.5 billion cups of coffee a year: That’s over half a million trees’ worth, enough to fill more ...
  • 2016
  • 00:10:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/06/2016

Marketplace Are you being served? / Coffee cups update

Are you being served?: Scanning your own groceries, booking your travel, printing your own tickets, selecting your own seats. It’s not just about convenience: we’re doing a lot of work ourselves that companies used to do for us. But while we’re doing the work, are we seeing the savings? - - Coffee cups update: Last fall, we revealed that cups ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/23/2016

Marketplace Trouble in the Classroom

In a months-long investigation, CBC's Marketplace team combs through data from provincial governments to find out how teacher discipline is handled across Canada.
  • 2016
  • 00:21:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/22/2016

Marketplace Egg crackdown: Are ethical eggs actually better?

"Nest-laid," "free-run," "free-range" and "organic": egg cartons hold a lot of big promises about what’s inside and how they got there. The Marketplace team tests the marketing on supermarket eggs and asks companies if we can see for ourselves what the labels really mean for chickens and for consumers.
  • 2016
  • 00:21:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/22/2016

Marketplace Are We Racist?

Looking for a job, shopping, renting an apartment: Does your name or the colour of your face matter? A special one-hour Marketplace investigation looks at consumer racial profiling, blind recruitment and implicit bias. It also puts Canada to the test and the results may surprise you.
  • 2016
  • 00:43:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/19/2016

Marketplace Toxic jewelry: What’s in the cheap jewelry you buy

Costume jewelry is everywhere these days, popular with tweens, teens and adults. But is it safe? CBC's Marketplace team tests jewelry bought from major Canadian retailers and finds those low prices can come at a surprising price. Some popular brands are made with toxic metals, and they travel to factories in China to find out how this jewelry gets made.
  • 2016
  • 00:21:33
  • Added on: 08/19/2016

Marketplace Restaurant dress codes: Should dressing sexy be a job requirement? / Speed limits: Is faster safer on the highway? Classroom Favourites

Restaurant dress codes: Should women have to dress sexy to serve you a sandwich? Charlsie Agro goes undercover to apply for a job serving in popular family restaurants. Along the way, we meet women who as servers have been forced to wear high heels, short skirts, full make-up – and in general a far more sexual dress code – than ...
  • 2016
  • 00:22:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/19/2016

Marketplace Easy Loans: Uneasy Money

Canadians are taking on record levels of household debt, and money is top of mind for many trying to tighten their belts. But if you need cash, are companies being clear about what you're signing up for? In this episode, Marketplace investigates the business tactics of a popular loan company that offers easy loans to people who need money. Host Erica Johnson ...
  • 2015
  • 00:21:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/04/2015

Marketplace Gluten-free: The truth behind the trend

Celebrities are touting the benefits of gluten-free diet, and companies are pitching their own gluten-free products. An excellent piece on consumer awareness and dietary choices, this Marketplace episode reveals how a serious disease is becoming a marketer's dream, and what you should know before dropping gluten from your diet.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2015