Canadian Contest Law
Promotional contests in Canada are largely governed by the federal Competition Act and Criminal Code, privacy legislation and contract law. In addition, Quebec has a separate regulatory regime governing contests, which means that Quebec requirements should be complied with or contest eligibility restricted to Canadian residents excluding Quebec.
Given that the improper operation of a promotional contest can result in civil or criminal liability, or lead to adverse publicity or negative goodwill (which can be worse for promoters), it is important to review proposed contests for Canadian legal compliance.
Operating contests in Canada typically includes the preparation of “short rules” (for point-of-purchase materials), “long rules” (or “official rules” as they are sometimes called), winner releases, a skill-testing question and a review of draft advertising and marketing materials for Competition Act (i.e., misleading advertising law) compliance.
I offer a full range of efficient and practical promotional contest law and sweepstakes services for companies, individuals and marketing agencies.
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