As a blogger, I get asked many times by fans why contests or coupons are not available in Quebec? Well I finally decided to do some research and find out once and for all, why are most contests void in Quebec?
The reason why so many contests are void in Quebec is that the sponsors must follow a stringent set of rules set out by the Quebec government.
For example, in order for sponsor to skip the “void in Quebec” restriction, Quebec contests law requires that the sponsors must do some or all of the following things:
- Register the contest rules and all advertisements used to promote the contest with the Quebec government at least 30 days ahead of the contest’s launch.
- Pay a fee of up to 10% of the contests’ 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 Quebec government to determine if the contest may be changed or canceled once it has started.
- File a written report after the contest has concluded, attesting that the prizes have been delivered or attempted to be delivered.
- Agree to follow a number of other rules and guidelines. See the Quebec Sweepstakes Laws.
These restrictions are more severe than those allowed in other Canadian provinces. Especially for smaller companies, the advantage of allowing residents of Quebec to enter does not justify the potential costs.
These laws are intended to protect the citizens of Quebec, and they do ensure that more prizes are awarded as promised, which is so important for sweepers. However, they also cost contest sponsors money and resources, and the consequences for a mistake are severe. Rather than risking legal action if these contest laws are not followed to the letter, many sponsors take the easy route of making their contests and sweepstakes void in Quebec.
CLICK HERE to read another great article published in the Montreal Gazette of more reasons why contests are not available to residents of Quebec.