Legislation Passes to Outlaw Inactivity Fees on Shopping Centre Gift Cards: Swan

New rules will create a fairer deal for Manitobans

July 2, 2015

This week, the Manitoba government passed legislation outlawing inactivity fees on shopping centre gift cards. This closes a loophole that currently allows companies that sell shopping centre gift cards to charge monthly fees if the card hasn’t been used after a certain period of time.

“This means that when you give someone $50, they’ll get to spend $50,” said Minto MLA Andrew Swan, the member who brought this legislation forward. “This is another good step to protect Manitoba families, who work hard and expect good value for their money.”


Minto MLA Andrew Swan introduces the bill to the House and explains its purpose.


This NDP government already banned inactivity fees and expiration dates for single-retailer gift cards. Now that this legislation has passed, work will begin to change the required regulations and bring these new rules into effect.

“We believe in fair deals for all Manitoba families,” continued Swan.

“We have introduced legislation to protect the two biggest purchases most families will make: their home, and their car. We now require warranty protection for families buying newly constructed homes, and we’ve made sure that when it comes to buying a car, the price you see advertised is the price you pay.”

He added, “We will continue to grow the economy, create good jobs and keep Manitoba one of the most affordable provinces in the country.”