Quebec laws complicate things for contests by companies, including fines for said companies. I don’t know all the legal ramifications but I’ve known for a long time that rules for contests in Quebec are problematic for companies & many if not most companies will exclude Quebec from inclusion. Blame your government, not the CFL.
The details involved between doing & not doing are beyond my expertise. I don’t have a legal mind at the best of times. All I really know is I’ve seen ’ offer not valid in Quebec’ (or similar) countless times, & it always comes down to Quebec laws that frighten these companies away.
Quebec’s sweepstakes laws are designed to protect its residents from scammers , to ensure there’s a level playing field, and to guarantee that prizes are awarded as promised. Which, of course, is a good goal for them to have.
However, those robust consumer protections cost sweepstakes sponsors money and resources that they might not have available to spend on the giveaway. Furthermore, the consequences of running afoul of those laws, even by mistake, are severe.
For example, for sweepstakes with prizes worth more than a certain value to be open to residents of Quebec, the companies sponsoring the sweepstakes must take some or all of the following steps:
Register the sweepstakes rules and all advertisements used to promote the contest with the Quebec government at least 30 days ahead of the sweepstakes’ launch.
Publish the full text of the sweepstakes’ rules at least 10 days before the giveaway begins.
Pay a fee of up to 10% of the sweepstakes’ value, depending on who is allowed to enter.
Agree to allow the government of Quebec to mediate any lawsuits arising from the contest.
Follow strict guidelines about the contents of the sweepstakes rules.
Allow the government of Quebec the right to approve any changes that need to be made once the contest has started, and to approve canceling the giveaway if it becomes necessary to do so.
File a written report after the contest has concluded, attesting that the prizes have been delivered or attempted to be delivered.
Agree to let the RACJ mediate any disagreements with the public.
File security in the amount of the prize value, to ensure that the prizes are actually awarded.
Offer the sweepstakes rules in French as well as English.
Then why doe no entity want to do so.
Just asking because I xo not know. But it does seem no north American company wants to do what it takes to give away free stuff in Quebec. They must olso have valid reasons that Quebec don’t care to address… Always two sides to coming to an accord
To the best of my knowledge London Drugs does not even have a retail presence in Quebec at all
So why would you think they would go out of their way to register with your government and pay money to them???
Anyhow vast majority of contests / lotteries / ect always have a subscript excluding Quebec residents and I am sure the draconian language laws will do nothing to entice them to work together
Disputes about the contest have to be resolved in Quebec if someone from Quebec can enter, G&S would have to file securities for the prizes in advance, publish rules in advance of each giveaway, and the legal fees/fines can skyrocket if any particular aspect of the contest isn’t done correctly. In some ways, it’s similar to how some states don’t allow unregulated lotteries. Yes, the value of most prizes is under $2000, but the risk and paperwork involved can make it seem much easier to just not let Quebecois from playing.
Your own government even went so far as to say “changes were coming” but notice date; just before covid and it pretty much dissapeared after that
totally agree . Big market there. But my question was why do many companies have the caviat not valid in Quebec… I also see credit card companies have smaller interest fees in Quebec too, only one percent but I alwYs wondered about that too