Why Are So Many Contests Exclude Quebec?
If you want to enter larger giveaways but you live in Quebec, you’re not going to have the selection of Canadian contests that other residents of Canada do.
You may find in many Sweepstakes Rules the following wording “excluding residents of Quebec” tag line in the Eligibility section of any Giveaway Rules page.
This essentially means if you reside in the province of Quebec you are not permitted to submit an entry, unfortunately.
Did you know there are over 8 Million residents in the province of Quebec? That’s a huge population that brands/businesses are missing out on ! You would want to think “WTH” or even maybe “WTF”
“They sell that product here in Quebec – Why exclude us on the chance of winning?”
Quebec’s Contest Law Is The Reason
It’s not the company excluding you ( as a Quebec Resident) for any particular personal reason – it all has to do with the regulations of Quebec laws that make it difficult to “market a sweepstake” in the province of Quebec. The companies are not being “prejudice” of the residents. It’s simply that the sponsor of any contest has to agree to the very strict set of rules by the Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux . The (RACJ) is the government body that governs contests, lotteries, Gambling etc.
Why does Quebec have strict Sweepstakes rules?
The “Contest laws” are put in place to protect the province’s residents from any possible scam. It basically treats any “Giveaway” as a Lottery. They want to make sure that the prize is awarded to the contest winner.
Sounds Good Right?
But these “rules” cost the sweepstakes sponsor time and money, and the financial consequences of running a contest allowing Quebec to Enter without following the laws, and paying for the opportunity to offer a Quebec resident a chance to win are huge.
What do the Rules Look Like?
If your a company wanting to run a “Sweepstakes” for a Chance to Win 1 of 20 $100.00 in gift cards – Since the total prize value is equal to $2000.00 and you would like to “INCLUDE” the province the Quebec in your brand awareness campaign in the form of a “Sweepstake” “Contest” “Giveaway” You will need to follow 17 rules plus an application fee and taxes.
Here are some of the rules that the company will have to follow and pay for in order to allow Quebec residents to enter. :
- An Application Fee of 10% of the total prize value
- The Application must be done in French ( Possible Translation fee may result)
- Register with the Quebec regulations 30 days before the contest begins.
- Must publish the rules a minimum of a set amount of days before the sweepstakes begin
- and many more Read all the laws Rules respecting publicity contests.
The other provinces in Canada don’t have the same strict rules.
For any company ( big or small) that does not follow the Quebec Contest rules may result in fines or possible criminal charges, which most companies can not afford the fines, so in order to avoid any possibility of any problem, a lot of companies will just “Exclude Quebec Residents” from participating in the sweepstakes to avoid any legal action.
I know you are disappointed that you’re not allowed to enter into a good chunk of contests available to the rest of the country, but you can look at the Brightside – your government has the best interest for you.
Most of the “Strict” rules apply to the sweepstakes that have a total of prize value of $2000 or more. So you can still enter giveaways, but you need to be the on look for contests or giveaways that are smaller in value.
Well if you would like to complain about the sweepstakes Strict Ruling Regulations in the Province Quebec, there is the RACJ that you can register and submit your complaint or comment
What You Can Do about it
You probably can’t do too much! But you can always complain in an email to the RACJ and let them know how you feel about the strict regulations. Click Here to Email the RACJ