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Contest Ineligibility Policy

Library Contest ineligibility is as follows:

  • Employees and their immediate families are not eligible to enter any contest conducted by the library involving a draw, or merit-based competition judged by library staff or board members, where a major prize is awarded.
  • During their term on the Board, Halifax Public Libraries board members and their immediate families are not eligible to enter any contest conducted by the library involving a draw, or merit-based competition judged by library staff or board members, where a major prize is awarded.
  • Prize winners may be asked to sign a declaration indicating they are not library employees, board members, or their immediate family members.
  • The library will include information about contest ineligibility on promotions.


Definitions/Clarifications

Immediate Family:  “Immediate family” includes: parents, “common-law partner” (of at least one year) or spouse, brothers or sisters, and children of the employee/board member, and the employee/board member’s partner, grandparents and grandchildren.

Major Prize:  A “major prize” is an item valued at more than $20.  It does not apply to small incentives offered, or drawn for, during programs or promotional events.

Merit-based contests: Staff, Board members and their immediate families may apply to merit-based contests where blind judging is carried out by a panel of independent community members who are not employees of the library, or Board members.