December 2021

Consumer Edge

Office of Consumer Affairs

December 2021

This holiday season, find tips on how you can stay safe while supporting local businesses, connecting with loved ones online and making holiday gift donations to your favourite charities and causes.

Tips to support local and stay safe during the holiday season

Looking for up-to-date information on how to stay safe while supporting small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic? Whether you're picking up the perfect tree at the farm or shortbread cookies from your neighbourhood bakery, the Office of Consumer Affairs offers helpful tips to shop local and stay safe during the holidays.

Staying in touch virtually while remaining cyber secure

As cities continue to open up post-pandemic, visiting loved ones becomes easier in time for the holidays. But if you're looking to connect with family and friends without trekking outside to brave the winter weather, meeting up online is a great option. Remember that cyber safety should always be top of mind when linking up with family and friends online. Check out Safety Canada's tips to staying in touch while remaining cyber secure.

Avoid holiday donation scams

Stuff the stockings with meaningful gifts! Making donations in honour of family and friends is a great way to put a smile on a loved one's face while supporting worthy causes and charities. As a donor, it's important to be well informed so you can feel confident about where your money is going.

Unfortunately, some scammers may be pretending to raise funds on behalf of a charity in an attempt to steal your money. Before you make a donation this holiday season, learn how to protect yourself from potential donation scams.

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

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