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'Tis the Season For Giving

McGuinty Government Offers Holiday Tips for Smart Consumers

Ministry of Consumer Services

The holiday season is a time to give, but it is also a time when some people may try to take advantage of the giving spirit. To help families protect themselves, Ontario is offering some consumer tips on purchasing gift cards, donating to charities and shopping online.

Tips include:

  • Gift cards are as good as cash -- keep them in a safe place;
  • Keep your gift card receipt as a guarantee of the value of the card -- the recipient may need it if the card is lost or stolen;
  • Give only to familiar charities, or check diligently before making a donation;
  • Ask questions about the charity and how your money will be spent;
  • When shopping online, purchase from a reputable business;
  • Protect credit card numbers and personal information -- use secure websites to purchase gifts online.

Helping Ontario consumers make informed choices is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to educate, protect and serve Ontarians by ensuring a fair and safe marketplace.

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“We encourage Ontario families to enjoy the holidays and feel good about giving, but we urge Ontarians to be smart consumers.”

Margarett Best

Minister of Consumer Services

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