I am not a lawyer. Based on my research on both Canadian and American giveaway/sweepstakes regulations, the following contest terms should ensure your promotion is compliant. These are the terms I use, but, like I said, I am not a lawyer. Please use my advice at your own discretion. Please see my post about giveaways in Quebec, where I have a list of what is required according to both American and Canadian law.
Sample giveaway terms:
CONTEST (“CONTEST”) SPONSORED BY __________ (“SPONSOR”) AND ADMINISTERED BY _____________. (“ADMINISTRATOR”). CONTEST BEGINS ON __________ AT __________AND ENDS ON __________AT __________. (“CONTEST PERIOD”). **specify time zone**
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ONLY AN EMAIL ADDRESS [Blog comment/Twitter follow/Facebook Visit] is required. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator. Void where prohibited by law.
Contest is open to legal residents of _____________ who have reached the age of majority in their respective province or territory of residence at the time of entry. Employees or contractors of the Sponsor(s) and immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with any such employees or contractors, are not eligible to enter.
_______ winner(s) will be chosen at random using the [Giveaway Tools/Rafflecopter/Gleam] widget. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Administrators are not responsible for prize fulfillment nor for any technical failures. Winning entry will be verified. A list of winners will be displayed on the giveaway widget on the original contest post.
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and/or Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. If applicable, social media posts (such as but not limited to tweets and Instagram posts) must be PUBLIC to be eligible. If you sign up for newsletters as entries, you must confirm your subscription for those entries to count. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. The winner’s entries will be verified.
Residents of Canada will be required to enter a skill-testing question to claim their prize.
Administrators and sponsors reserve the right to publish winner’s first name and last initial.
Contact information for sponsor(s), if applicable, can be found in the contest text via website links. Retail value of prizes is listed in the contest text.
Images included in the giveaway post may not depict the exact prize, and are for illustrative purposes only.
Please contact ___________________ for any questions.
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