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Jul 18, 2011
Expiration Dates and New Laws
by: Anonymous

With new provincial laws in place (Alberta) are gift certificates held to the same restrictions on expiration dates as gift cards?

I donated a gift certificate a year ago for a 4 hour cleaning service and had stipulated a 6 month expiration date.

I was contacted last week by the recipient to redeem and advised that I could not enforce an expiration date.

The motivation to donate was two fold, to help find clients for my new business as well as help raise funds for the charity.

In the time since the gift cards donation I have increased my hourly charge but the gift certificate only stated a 4 hr. service with no value listed.

Am I under any legal obligation to honor this gift certificate or is it merely a moral obligation?

I have no way of confirming what if anything was paid for the donation and suspect that it may have been a leave behind that one of the volunteers took over a year ago.

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