Gift cards

Did you know that most gift cards are not allowed to expire or have fees? BC’s gift card law speaks to expiry dates when fees can be charged, and what information must be disclosed to you.

The law uses the term “prepaid purchase card” and defines it as “a card, written certificate or other voucher or device with a monetary value that is issued or sold to a person in exchange for the future supply of goods or services to a consumer, and includes a gift card and gift certificate”. 

Read the Prepaid Purchase Cards Regulation.
Read the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act.

When you cancel or return a non-refundable good or service (such as a non-refundable plane ticket or piece of clothing), and the business gives you a store credit (or a voucher that is intended as credit) it is allowed to have an expiry date because it is not considered to be a gift card.

Read our consumer tips on gift cards.

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