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FAQs

Purchasing a Gift Card

Where can I purchase gift cards?

  • Our proprietary gift cards (President’s Choice®, Joe Fresh®, Shoppers Drug Mart®, Beauty Boutique™) can be purchased online or in-store.

  • All of our other 3rd party gift cards, including prepaid Mastercard and Visa cards, are currently only available to purchase in-store.

  • Visit our store locator to find a location nearest you.

What forms of payment do you accept?

  • Mastercard, Visa and, (bulk purchases only) electronic funds transfer.

Can I ship to addresses outside of Canada?

  • We only deliver within Canada for retail purchases. If you are enrolled in the Gift of Choice Bulk Gift Card Program, you may ship to addresses in the US. Please refer to our bulk section to learn how to qualify for the Bulk Program.

What is the maximum amount I can put on my variable load gift card?

  • President’s Choice® and Joe Fresh® gift cards: Can be purchased in any denomination between $50 CAD and $500 CAD up to a maximum cart order of $2,000 CAD for non-bulk orders. These cards are reloadable at a minimum value of $5 and up to a maximum value of $500.

  • Shoppers Drug Mart® and Beauty Boutique™ cards: Can be purchased in any denomination between $25 CAD and $300 CAD up to a maximum cart order of $2,000 CAD for non-bulk orders. These cards are reloadable at a minimum value of $5 and up to a maximum value of $300.

When and how are gift cards delivered?

  • eGift cards can be scheduled for immediate delivery or delivery on a future date.

  • Plastic gift cards are shipped via Canada Post.

    • Standard Shipping: You will typically receive your delivery within 2-4 business days, however it may take up to 8 business days depending on your location. Delivery is free of charge.

    • Xpresspost Shipping: You will typically receive your delivery within 2 business days for an additional fee of $10.00 CAD.

  • Gift cards are activated following completion of payment processing and fraud screening procedures, up to 24 hours after gift card purchase or shipping.

Will I be notified that my gift card has delivered?

  • Upon purchase of a gift card you will be emailed an order confirmation. For plastic gift cards you will be notified by email when your gift card has shipped. For eGift cards you will be notified by email when your eGift card has been viewed.

Can I ship a gift card outside of Canada?

  • Plastic gift cards can only be shipped to addresses within Canada, unless you are enrolled in the Bulk Program and are making a bulk purchase.

  • An eGift card can be delivered to any valid email address.

Redeeming a Gift Card

Is there a delay on when I can redeem my gift card?

  • Gift cards are activated following completion of payment processing and fraud screening procedures, up to 24 hours after gift card purchase or shipping.

How do I check my gift card balance?

  • Once your gift card is activated, you can enter your gift card number and PIN code to check your balance.

Where can I redeem my gift card?

  • President’s Choice® and Joe Fresh® gift cards can be redeemed at all participating Loblaw banner stores across Canada.

  • Shoppers Drug Mart® and Beauty Boutique™ gift cards can be redeemed at all Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across Canada.

  • Visit our store locator to find a location nearest you.

Do my gift cards expire?

  • The available balance of a gift card does not expire.

Additional Help

My gift card hasn’t been delivered yet. What should I do?

  • For Plastic gift cards utilizing expedited delivery, you can check your shipping status with the shipping confirmation number you received. If it is past the expected delivery timeframe (2-8 business days for standard delivery and 2 business days for expedited delivery), please contact us at 1-866-443-8225.

I entered the delivery email address or physical address incorrectly. How can I fix it?

  • You can edit the delivery email address prior to the eGift being viewed or edit the physical address prior to the order being processed by calling 1‑866‑443‑8225.

How can I reload my gift card?

  • Reload funds on your gift card here.

How do I check my gift card balance?

  • Once your gift card is activated, you can enter your gift card number and PIN code to check your balance.

Can I transfer the balance of my gift cards onto one card?

  • No, not at this time.

What happens if my gift card is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed?

  • Gift cards are treated like cash; we are not responsible for any stored value balance on gift cards which are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.

Still need help?

Bulk Program

How do I apply to the President’s Choice® Bulk Program?

Simply visit www.giftofchoice.ca and click on “Order Now” (scroll down half the page until you can see it). Alternatively, you can select the menu button from the top right corner, then select “Bulk Orders”. Once you arrive at the page, you are taken to the registration page where you must provide all key information to qualify for the bulk discount. Registration applies to ALL bulk customers, old and new.

How long does the application process take?

The application takes just a few short minutes to fill out. Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed within 1-2 business days. Once approved, an e-mail will be sent to the bulk customer and they will be provided a username and password. (If denied, the customer will receive an email notifying them). Once you have your r username and password, they can visit the Gift of Choice website and place their orders online at any time.

 I didn’t receive my username and password. What do I do?

Please ensure you entered in the correct e-mail address during your application process. If you did, check your junk mail folder to ensure the username and password did not go there. The e-mail will come from The Gift Of Choice (donotreply@sgiftcard.com). If the e-mail is still not in your junk mail or any other inbox, please e-mail pcgiftcards@loblaw.ca or call into the number on the back of their card 1-866-443-8225 and select ‘3’ for bulk clients.

 I have successfully logged into my account. How do I place an order?

To place an order requires you to complete 6 simple steps.

  • Step 1: Choose your card design. You can choose to order Presidents Choice® or Shoppers Drug Mart cards. There are 2 designs for President’s Choice have 2 card designs for Shoppers Drug Mart to choose from. If you would like to order both Shoppers and SDM cards, choose the quantity and add them to your cart then click back and add more cards to your order.

  • Step 2: Enter your shipping information. Please enter all the mandatory information of the address where you would like to receive your gift card shipment.

  • Step 3: Select the denomination of gift cards you would like in your order. You can choose from the standard pre-fix denominations ($10, $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500) or you can choose your own denomination.

  • Step 4. Choose the quantity of gift cards per denomination.

  • Step 5: Select your shipping preference. You have the option of standard ground shipping, or expediated shipping.

  • Step 6: Enter your payment information. You have the option to pay via EFT or credit card. Once your payment information is entered, you can submit your order and await your confirmation details. It’s that simple!

Why can’t I send in a paper form anymore to submit my bulk order?

To automate our purchase process, live up to our commitment of being environmentally friendly and to improve the overall customer experience, we are no longer accepting paper forms. Our new process allows for better tracking and faster review, to ensure we action all bulk orders in timely manner.

I placed an order online and would like to know the status of my order. How can I get this information?

At the time you place your order, an order confirmation sent to you via e-mail. Once your order is approved, you also receive a confirmation e-mail sent at time of shipment with tracking for your reference. Alternatively, you can e-mail pcgiftcards@loblaw.ca or call into the number on the back of their card 1-866-443-8225 and select ‘3’ for bulk clients.

I used to be able to pick up my cards in store. Why can’t I do this anymore?

In the past, all gift cards were mailed to stores pre-activated. Before an order was given to our customers, they were required to make payment in store at the time of pickup. With our new enhanced process, since payment is made online in advance of receiving an order, there is no need to visit the store to make payment. Instead, we ship the gift cards directly to your place of business for a better customer experience and to save you from making an extra trip to the store. The new process is designed with our customers in mind to offer convenience, but also designed to ensure our Loblaw colleagues can spend more time servings our customers.

In the past, my cards were sent activated. Why do I have to activate them?

In the past, cards were sent pre-activated, making packages a large target for fraud. To combat fraud and apply industry best practices to our program, cards must be activated upon arrival. The activation process is very easy, and takes only a few short moments to complete. This process also gives you complete control over the activation process. Once you receive your gift cards, you can activate your gift cards by logging into your account and clicking on the ‘History’ tab. Once you have located the Order ID, click on the Wand icon. The order status will read ‘order processed’ when complete.

I have received my gift cards; how do I activate them?

You can activate your gift cards by logging into your account and clicking on the ‘History’ tab. Once you have located the Order ID that you would like to activate, under manage, click on on the wand icon. A message will pop up asking if you are sure you want to “activate all cards.” Click yes. The message under Status will switch from “Awaiting Activation” to “Processing Activation”. Please note that “Processing Request” indicates that the order has not been activated just yet. Activation takes up to 24 hours. The order status will read “Order Processed” when it’s complete.

Can I get them sent pre-activated?

No, unfortunately, all cards must be activated upon receipt.

Why don’t you accept cheque payment?

We are constantly reviewing our program to make sure we provide multiple payment options for our customers. Credit card and EFT have been identified as the preferred method of payment from our customers and are the best payment methods to help guarantee orders are processed in a timely manner. Our new system is completely paperless and automated and does not support cheque payment. If you have any further questions, please e-mail pcgiftcards@loblaw.ca or call into the number on the back of their card 1-866-443-8225 and select ‘3’ for bulk clients.

I would like to submit an EFT payment, what do I do?

When your account is setup, it is automatically setup to make a payment via a credit card. If you would like to pay via EFT, please e-mail pcgiftcards@loblaw.ca and you will receive the bank account information to setup the EFT.

How long do EFT payments take to receive?

On average, it takes anywhere from 2-4 business days for us to receive payment. Once the payment is received, your order will be processed and cards will ship to the shipping address you provided.

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