Policies & Site Rules

Buy Canadian First’s privacy policy is designed to help you understand how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and help you make informed decisions when using this website.

By using or accessing BuyCanadianFirst.ca, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy. If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact our privacy staff at info{at}buycanadianfirst.ca

The information we collect

When you visit BuyCanadianFirst.ca, you provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us, and website-use information collected by us as you interact with our website.

When you join as a subscriber on BuyCanadianFirst.ca, you provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your city and your postal code, etc.

When you enter BuyCanadianFirst.ca, we collect your browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all BuyCanadianFirst.ca visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using “cookies.” A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the Internet browser. By default, we use a persistent cookie that stores your login ID (but not your password) to make it easier for you to login when you come back to BuyCanadianFirst.ca. You can remove or block this cookie using the settings in your browser if you want to disable this convenient feature.

When you use BuyCanadianFirst.ca, you may set up your personal profile, perform searches, rate and review your favourite products, and leave comments on our blog. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.

You post User Content (as defined in the BuyCanadianFirst.ca Terms of Use) on the Site at your own risk. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after its removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or if other users have copied or stored your User Content.

Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on BuyCanadianFirst.ca is a violation of the Buy Canadian First Terms of Service and should be reported to info{at}buycanadianfirst.ca

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend’s email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. BuyCanadianFirst.ca stores this information to send this one-time invitation, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted, and to track the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at info{at}buycanadianfirst.ca to request that we remove this information from our database.

Use of information obtained by BuyCanadianFirst.ca

We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by BuyCanadianFirst.ca that we think you may find valuable.

BuyCanadianFirst.ca may send you service-related announcements from time to time through the general operation of the service.

Sharing your information with third parties

BuyCanadianFirst.ca shares your information with third parties only in limited circumstances where we believe such sharing is 1) reasonably necessary to offer the service, 2) legally required or, 3) permitted by you.

For example:

We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about BuyCanadianFirst.ca, to process payments for products or services, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the BuyCanadianFirst.ca-specified purposes.

We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the BuyCanadianFirst.ca service or using the BuyCanadianFirst.ca name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government officials.

We let you choose to share information with marketers or electronic commerce providers through sponsored groups or other on-site offers.

If the ownership of all or substantially all of the BuyCanadianFirst.ca business, or individual business units owned by Buy Canadian First, were to change, your user information may be transferred to the new owner so the service can continue operations. In any such transfer of information, your user information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Policy.

Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments or product reviews or other items, this information may become publicly available.

Links

BuyCanadianFirst.ca contains links to other websites. We are of course not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by BuyCanadianFirst.ca.

Third party advertising

Advertisements that appear on BuyCanadianFirst.ca are sometimes delivered (or “served”) directly to users by third party advertisers. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. These third party advertisers may also download cookies to your computer, or use other technologies such as JavaScript and “web beacons” (also known as “1×1 gifs”) to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. Doing this allows the advertising network to recognize your computer each time they send you an advertisement in order to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content for you. In this way, they may compile information about where individuals using your computer or browser saw their advertisements and determine which advertisements are clicked. BuyCanadianFirst.ca does not have access to, or control of the cookies that may be placed by the third party advertisers. Third party advertisers have no access to your contact information stored on BuyCanadianFirst.ca unless you choose to share it with them.

This privacy policy covers the use of cookies by BuyCanadianFirst.ca and does not cover the use of cookies or other tracking technologies by any of its advertisers.

Changing or removing information

Access and control over most personal information on BuyCanadianFirst.ca is readily available through the profile editing tools. BuyCanadianFirst.ca users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging in to their account. Information will be updated immediately. Individuals who wish to deactivate their BuyCanadianFirst.ca account may do so by sending an email to info{at}buycanadianfirst.ca Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of BuyCanadianFirst.ca.

Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on BuyCanadianFirst.ca, however, (e.g., reviewing products or leaving comments in our blog) you cannot remove such communications.

Security

BuyCanadianFirst.ca takes appropriate precautions to protect our users’ information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number or your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We request that you not send private information to us by email. If you have any questions about the security of BuyCanadianFirst.ca website, please contact us at info{at}buycanadianfirst.ca

Terms of use, notices and revisions

Your use of BuyCanadianFirst.ca, and any disputes arising from it, is subject to this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms of Use and all of its dispute resolution provisions including arbitration, limitation on damages and choice of law. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use at any time. Non-material changes and clarifications will take effect immediately, and material changes will take effect within 30 days of their posting on this site. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy’s new effective date. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or through notice on our home page. We encourage you to refer to this policy on an ongoing basis so that you understand our current privacy policy. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

Contacting the website

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us at info{at}buycanadianfirst.ca

Etiquette

Mind your site etiquette…

Whether you’re a manufacturer, retailer, artisan or a consumer, as a subscriber of BuyCanadianFirst.ca, you are held to the following code of behaviour:

1. Coarse or inappropriate language will not be tolerated anywhere on the site. If you use coarse language anywhere on the site, we will simply not use your feedback.

2. Aggression or hostility towards other subscribers or members will not be tolerated. If you demonstrate such behaviour, we reserve the right to terminate your account without prior warning and without compensation.

3. Members willingly submitting products that are not made in Canada will receive 2 warnings. If we have to tell you a third time, your account will be terminated and no refunds of membership dues will be made.

Disclaimer

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS, PRICES AND IMAGES ARE PROVIDED BY SUPPLIERS AND ARE NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED BY BUYCANADIANFIRST.CA. ANY REPRESENTATION, PERFORMANCE CLAIM, WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE WITH RESPECT TO ANY PRODUCT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SUPPLIER OR MANUFACTURER OF THAT PRODUCT.

The products found on the BuyCanadianFirst.ca are made in Canada, in accordance with Canadian guidelines applicable to Canadian content of said products which are in place at time of publication.

BuyCanadianFirst.ca assumes no responsibility whatsoever for the quality of said products and acts herein exclusively as a referral service between the retailer, manufacturer and the consumer. BuyCanadianFirst.ca shall not be party to any claim asserted by the consumer against a retailer or manufacturer for quality defects.

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