As mentioned above, Canadian contest law generally requires a no-purchase entry option and correctly answering a skill testing question prior to being awarded a prize.
Canadian law also requires the following to be disclosed in all rules, advertisements, and point of purchase materials:
- The conditions for entering the contest;
- The prizes;
- The method of awarding the prizes;
- The number and approximate value of retail value of the prizes;
- Whether any purchase is required;
- Whether there is a skill-testing question;
- The chances of winning;
- The contest closing date;
- The place where full contest rules may be obtained; and
- Any other relevant information.
Canadian privacy law requires consent prior to collecting, using and disclosing personal information from any individual, including a contest entrant.
Canadian anti-spam laws require individuals and entities (including contest providers) to obtain consent before sending any commercial electronic messages to or from Canada (including to contest entrants), and to provide certain disclosures and unsubscribe mechanisms in those messages. This must be done in a particular way.
The age of majority in Canada is 18 in some provinces and 19 in others. Minors can participate in a contest with parental consent; however, in general, contracts signed by minors are unenforceable. Therefore, contest entries and prize waivers/releases should be signed by parents/guardians and should contain personal indemnities from the parents/guardians.
Last modified 4 Jan 2019