|Gift Card Legislation in BC|
As of November 1, 2008 gift cards and gift certificates (pre-paid purchase cards) issued or sold in British Columbia are not allowed to have expiry dates or fees except in certain circumstances. Listed below are the exceptions.
Expiry dates are allowed for:
Fees are allowed for:
In addition, businesses must disclose the following information in a way that bring attention to the purchaser:
Not all cards fall under the BC law. Exceptions to the gift card regulations include:
If you have a concern about a prepaid purchase card, we encourage you to contact the business directly to resolve any issues. If the problem can’t be resolved, please contact the Consumer Protection BC Inquiry Centre.
This page contains an overview of gift card legislation in BC. Consumer Protrection BC encourages consumers and businesses to read the law in full.