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Summer Contest – Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am experiencing technical difficulties. What do I do?

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If you are still experiencing difficulties, please try clearing your CACHE (Ctrl F5) and try again. If none of these recommendations were of help, please email us via the Contact Us page. Please indicate the name and version of the browser that you are using. 

2. Who can participate in this Contest?

The Contest is open only to legal residents of Canada, who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry into the Contest.  

3. How long is the Contest open for?

The Contest begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time on April 15th, 2021 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on September 10th, 2021.  Receipts can be uploaded until September 17th, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  

4. When will the contest end?

The Contest ends on September 10th, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time.  Receipts can be uploaded until September 17th, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  

5. How do I participate in this Contest?

Internet access is required. 

SHOP: Purchase any Bimbo Canada or Vachon Bakery Inc. product(s) between April 15th and September 10th, 2021 in one transaction on one receipt.  One (1) receipt with at least one (1) participating product purchased qualifies for registration for one (1) entry into the Contest. More than one (1) participating product purchased on the same receipt qualifies for registration for one (1) entry. 

REGISTER:  Enter the URL address directly into an internet browser and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the online registration form 
Scan the QR Code located on in store displays to access the Contest website, 
Complete the online registration form by entering a valid email address, complete name, phone number, home address including unit/suite # and postal code and correctly answer a skill-testing question 

STEP 3: 
UPLOAD one photo of a receipt that clearly identifies at least one (1) Bimbo Canada or Vachon Bakery Inc.  participating product, retailer name, date of purchase, receipt/transaction number and transaction total (“Receipt”). If a receipt is too long to capture in one photo, please fold it to show all this information in one photo. Duplicate Receipts will be detected and rejected.  Keep original receipts as they may be required for verification.

Click the “Submit Form” button to complete your submission (“Request”). You will only receive one (1) Grand Prize Entry and one (1) Instant Win Play per Request. 

6. Can I submit the same receipt more than once? 

No, each receipt can only be submitted once. Submitting the same receipt more than once will result in disqualification from the Contest.  

7. Is there a limit on the number of receipts I can submit?

No, there is no limit on the number of receipts that an entrant can submit if it is a valid original receipt.  

8. How do I win an Instant Win Prize?

There are two ways to enter for a chance to win an Instant Win Prize. You may purchase any participating product and upload your receipt online or by submitting a no purchase entry (see full rules). Upon receiving your PIN for no purchase entry, you must then enter it on the PIN entry site as identified in your email or letter. Once you have entered a valid PIN and followed the steps in Rules, a message will appear stating whether you are the winner of an instant win prize.  

9 How do I earn an entry into the Grand Prize Draw?  

Once your receipt has been submitted and verified and/or your No Purchase Submission has been received and verified, you will receive one (1) Grand Prize Entry per receipt submitted and/or per No Purchase Submission.  

10. Do I need to purchase a product to participate? How do I participate with no purchase? 

No, you do not need to purchase a product to participate in the contest. 

To submit a no purchase necessary entry, please follow these steps: 

On a plain piece of paper, write a description of a minimum of 25 words, explaining why you would like a chance to win the Grand Prize and hand-print your full name, province or territory of residence, daytime telephone number (including area code), a valid email address, the following statement: “I have read, understand and agree to the Official Rules”; and mail to: Chance To Win A Cottage Summer Contest, 42 Astor Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3M2. 

Upon verification, an email will be sent to the Entrant with the website address of the PIN Entry Site and one (1) PIN.  No Purchase Submissions must be received at the above address by no later than September 3rd, 2021 to allow sufficient time to fulfill the request. 

An eligible Entrant may submit a maximum of one (1) No Purchase Submission per month, up to a maximum of five (5) for the Contest Period. Once you have received your PIN, you must then, by no later than 11:59:59PM EST on September 17th, 2021, visit the PIN Entry Site and, following the online directions, enter your PIN to see if you are a potential Instant Prize Winner.

11. What prizes are available to be won in this Contest?

There are three (3) Grand Prizes and 69,130 Instant Win Prizes available to be won which are as follows:

GRAND PRIZES: The grand prize is a $500,000 cash prize.  There are three (3) Grand Prizes available to be won. 

INSTANT WIN PRIZES: There are 69,130 instant win prizes available to be won at the onset of the Contest. Each Instant Win Prize consists of one (1) from the following, with the approximate retail value and the number of prizes available so noted: 

Instant Win Prize Approximate Retail Value Number Available 
Week-end Getaway $1,000 5
Camping Tent $250 25
Badminton Set $100 100
Speaker $50 500
Portable Chair $25 6,500
$10 gas card $10 60,000
Towels $25 2,000

12. When will the Grand Prize draw take place?

On or shortly after September 18th, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario.  The plays for a Grand Prize will take place on or about October 1st, 2021 via videoconference call.

13. How will the chance to win a Grand Prize be performed? 

Each verified Finalist will pick one envelope from a field of 100 envelopes.  One $500,000 prize is randomly seeded in one envelope among the 100 envelopes for each Finalist. 

14. What are the requirements if a finalist picks a winning envelope? 

If a Finalist picks the envelope containing the Grand Prize, they will be required to sign a Declaration and Release letter before being declared an Official Winner. 

15. What happens if the finalist does not select a winning envelope? 

If a Finalist does not pick the envelope containing the $500,000 prize, then subject to completing the requirements in Section 6 below, such Finalist will receive a consolation prize of $1,000.  

16. What are the odds of winning? 

The odds of being selected as a Finalist depend on number of eligible Requests received. After being selected a Finalist, the odds of winning a Grand Prize are 1 in 100.  It is possible no Grand Prize and not all Grand Prizes will be awarded.

17. I have purchased multiple participating products in the same receipt, why will this only qualify for one instant play and one entry into the Grand prize? 

Entries are based on receipts and not the number of participating products purchased on each receipt. To enter for additional chances to win, you can upload more receipts with at least one participating product.  

18. I don’t have a computer or internet access, can I still participate in the contest?

Yes, you can still participate in this contest. You will need to access the contest website,, using a computer with internet access. Computer and internet access are available free of charge at many public libraries. Many internet and online service providers offer free e-mail addresses.

19. Which products do I have to purchase to be eligible for this contest?

Please refer the Official Contest Rules for the complete list of participating products. 

20. I was an instant prize winner, but now am being told that after verification I did not win.  Why is that?

We are sorry for the disappointment. After verification, we have determined that your receipt does not meet the requirements as stated in the Rules.  

21.  How long will it take for me to receive my instant prize?

Instant Win Prizes will be mailed to the confirmed winners, to the address provided in the Request within (6) to (8) weeks of being declared an Instant Prize Winner.

22.  Will you be posting a list of all the Instant Prize winners along with the final Grand Prize winners? 

No, instant winners names will not be published on the website. 

23. Why do I have to answer a skill testing questions after I upload my receipt?  

The skill testing question is part of the qualification process and is required as stated in the Rules. 

24. What do I do if I have additional questions?

Review the Contest Rules for additional details. If the Rules have not answered your question, please email us via the Contact Us page. Please include your name, email address and phone number.