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The Choose Local Holiday Contest 2021 is now closed.

The contest ran from Wednesday, December 1, 2021 to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022. Winners will be contacted directly to claim their prize of  ONE OF THREE $500 vouchers to be spent at any of the businesses found in the "Featured Gifts" section of the Choose Local Directory.

Choose Local Contest Terms and Conditions


The Choose Local Photo Contest [“#ChooseNewmarket Contest”] begins on WednesdayDecember 1, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on MondayJanuary 10, 2022. 


To Enter 

Participants will have two ways to enter - either through Social Media (Twitter or Instagram) or by completing the 2021 Choose Local Holiday Contest Survey 


  1. Social Media Entry 

Participants must submit an original photo of how they “choose local” and “choose Newmarket” during the contest period. As visiting businesses in-person may be a challenge in the COVID-19 landscape, participants are encouraged to get creative in their photo of showing how they support local businesses in Newmarket and why they think it matters, while following public health guidelines. Participants may also submit the Choose Local survey for a second entry for the same Choose Local instance.  

  1. Support a business within the Town of Newmarket Choose Local Directory by purchasing local gifts, ordering takeout, purchasing a gift card or otherwise showing your support for buying local. 

  1. Take a photo showing how you support that Newmarket business. Photo eligibility outlined below. 

  1. Post your photo on Social Media (Twitter or Instagram) 

  • Follow the Town of Newmarket @TownofNewmarket. 

  • In the caption, please include the business name and tag them if applicable. 

  • You must tag us @TownofNewmarket, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce (@NMKT on Twitter, @NewmarketChamber on Instagram) and use the #ChooseNewmarket hashtag. 

Multiple entries are allowed as long as each photo entry is unique. You may post about the same business as long as each photo entry shows a different subject or angle. 
Photos selected in a random draw will be reviewed for eligibility, and Town of Newmarket staff will contact the winners. 
Photo Eligibility 
The Town of Newmarket has full discretion in applying the following criteria to judging photos received in the #ChooseNewmarket Contest: 

  • An entry must show items purchased from a local business or otherwise show support for local business between Wednesday, December 1, 2021, to Monday, January 10, 2022. 

  • A participant may enter multiple photos from the same or different businesses, as long as each photo entry shows a different subject or angle, it will be considered as a separate entry. 

  • Items purchased online and delivered via curbside pickup or a local porch drop are eligible.  

  • Photos must not contain negative or obscene gestures, symbols or words, or show illegal behaviour. 


  1. Survey Entry 

Participants can also enter the contest by completing the 2021 Choose Local Holiday Contest Survey within the contest periodParticipants must complete all the required questions in the survey, including providing their contact information, in order to be entered into the draw. Participants may also submit a social media entry for a second ballot for the same Choose Local instance. Multiple entries are allowed as long as survey entries are unique. 


The following prizes are available as part of the #ChooseNewmarket Contest: 

  • THREE grand prize random draws for vouchers valued at $500 each ("Prize Voucher"), to be spent in any of the businesses found in "Featured Gifts" in the Newmarket Choose Local Directory. 


The random draws will include all eligible photos posted during the contest December 1, 2021 to January 10, 2022 inclusive, and the winning photos will be selected the week the contest ends. 

Prizes winners must complete the prize declaration by January 31, 2022 or will otherwise forfeit their prize. 

Prizes must be collected from the Town of Newmarket at a mutually agreed upon time and place by no later than February 21, 2022. The Town reserves the right to amend this deadline past February 21, 2022 based on public health measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Prize amounts include taxes, tips, or other expenses incurred while redeeming the voucher. 
Prize Voucher amounts cannot be used to purchase gift cards/certificates of businesses that are not in the Newmarket Choose Local Directory’s Featured Gifts. 
Alcohol and tobacco products cannot be purchased with prize vouchers won as part of the grand prize. 
Eligibility for #ChooseNewmarket Contest  
To win, players must be Ontario residents who have reached age 18 prior to December 1, 2021. Employees of the Town of Newmarket, the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, and their consultants and consultant subcontractors are not eligible to play.  
Procedure for awarding prizes in #ChooseNewmarket Contest 
TOWN OF NEWMARKET staff will contact contest winners to notify them of their prize. 
Players will accept their prize outside the business location where their photo was taken, at a date and time pre-arranged by the player, a TOWN OF NEWMARKET staff, and the business. 
When accepting their prizes, winners must answer a skill-testing question, show valid photo ID and sign a standard Declaration and Release Form. The Declaration and Release form confirms compliance with the contest rules, acceptance of the prize as awarded, and releases TOWN OF NEWMARKET, and their officers, employees, council members and agents from any and all liability, claims, and actions of any kind arising from or in connection with the contest and the receipt, ownership or use of the prize.  
If a winning player is determined to be under age 18, the prize will be awarded to the player’s parent or legal guardian, who must be 18 or older, answer the skill-testing question, and sign the Declaration and Release form mentioned in the preceding paragraph. 
General rules for #ChooseNewmarket Contest 

  1. By participating in this contest, players consent to the use of their name, voice, resemblance, photograph and/or image without compensation, whether online, in print, or in any other media, in connection with contest publicity and/or any aspect of the TOWN OF NEWMARKET. Players waive all rights, including moral rights, in this respect. In the interests of privacy, the TOWN OF NEWMARKET will not share publicly any photo submitted as part of this contest which includes, or appears to include, any secondary person who may have been included in the photo without their permission. 

  1. By entering, players release and hold harmless the TOWN OF NEWMARKET and their officers, employees, council members and agents from any and all liability, claims, and actions of any kind arising from or in connection with the contest or any prize won.  

  1. No purchase is required to enter in the #ChooseNewmarket Contest. To enter without making a purchase, submit your name, how you are supporting local and your contact info to 

  1. The prize must be accepted as is, and may not be exchanged. No substitutions will be allowed. 

  1. For each random draw, the TOWN OF NEWMARKET staff will use computer software to select a winning “ballot.” The TOWN OF NEWMARKET shall assume no liability for losses, delays, errors, technical malfunction, damage or any other issue that may occur during collection or processing of contest “ballots” into the software. 

  1. THE TOWN OF NEWMARKET reserves the right to withdraw, terminate, amend or suspend this contest at any time without notice. The published contest schedule and rules are subject to change at any time and without notice. 

  1. The TOWN OF NEWMARKET reserves the right to disqualify from this contest and any future contests or other promotions conducted by the TOWN OF NEWMARKET, any individual that they find or believe to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest, to be acting in violation of the official rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. 

  1. Any contact information, such as phone number or email address, will not be kept on file or shared, and will be used solely for the purpose of contacting players who have won the contest.  

  1. Participation in this contest includes acceptance of these rules, which will be applied by TOWN OF NEWMARKET. All decisions are final. 

  1. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.