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Not Available in Quebec or Quebec vs The World

Quebec prides itself on consumer protection so much so that the overzealous rules that they have in place make many companies decide to opt out of doing business in Quebec.

This is on top of French language regulations where if products are not translated into French you are not allowed to ship into Quebec (even if store ships from the US or rest of Canada).

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside our control, Spotify is not currently able to offer Spotify Premium for Students in Quebec. We hope to be able to make it available in the future. Thanks for your understanding!

as well as

Premium for Students Download & listen offline On-demand music, no ads Skip any song, any time

This offer is unavailable in Quebec. I confirm that I am not a resident of the province of Quebec.

Protection du consommateur

It does not matter that companies collect local taxes and have apps in French and contribute millions of dollars. The Quebec “Protection du consommateur” consumer protection agency has rules that are very different from the rest of Canada and the US. These rules are costing companies millions of dollars if not followed.

Look at recent class action lawsuit filed by Stephanie J. Benabu domiciled in Quebec, she has brought action suit against AMAZON.COM LLC, AUDIBLE, INC., APPLE INC., LINKEDIN IRELAND, GOOGLE INC., SHOMI PARTNERSHIP, ROGERS MEDIA INC., SHAW MEDIA INC., SIRIUS XM CANADA INC., SPOTIFY AB, AFFINITAS GMBH., et MATCH.COM LLP, and many others.

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The law that they are breaking? Unknown to many international companies that are doing business in the US and open up in Canada (with Quebec included) is the following law that exists in Quebec:

Every consumer, pursuant to the terms of Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”), who since July 4th, 2013 (the “Class Period”), was provided services or goods free of charge, for a fixed period (the “Fixed Period”), by any of the Defendants, and who, after the Fixed Period, was required to send a notice to any of the Defendants indicating that he/she does not wish to obtain the services or goods at the regular price (the “Regular Price”).

Basically that means that companies are not allowed to give you free trial and then automatically convert you into a paying customer – that is against the law in Quebec. Quebec wants the world to respect their authority or else.

Spotify users have recently received messages like this to advise them of this class action suit in Quebec:

Dear user:

We are contacting you in accordance with a Quebec Superior Court judgment dated November 1, 2017 (File No: 500-06-000798-161) which has authorised a class action on behalf of Québec residents against Spotify and other companies for the purpose of a settlement and ordered that potential class members be contacted by email.

According to our records, you lived within the Province of Québec between July 4, 2013 and November 1, 2017 and, during this period, signed up for a free or discounted trial on Spotify.com and maintained your membership after the trial period was over. If our records are correct, please carefully read the linked notice of the class action proceeding and a proposal for the Court to approve a settlement with Spotify.

If approved by the Court, the proposed settlement will provide impacted customers who cancelled their subscription in the 30 days following the end of their free trial with a credit for one free month of Spotify Premium. In exchange, Spotify will be released from any claims related to the free or discounted trial offer. Details of the settlement approval are in the notice accessible by clicking here.

Thank you for being a Spotify user.

That is why so many companies are choosing to avoid doing business in Quebec and just write:

“Not available in Quebec.”

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Who are at disadvantage? Users like benlandry5 who wrote:

Hi, I can’t find my school McGill University in the SheerId listen of student universities. My university is 100% a university and is one of the original ones and most well known one in Canada. Can you fix this? Best Benjamin

Spotify response:

Unfortunately, due to local circumstances, Spotify is not currently offering the Student Discount in Quebec.

These local circumstances are millions of dollars in lawsuit money that is hanging over their heads in the province of Quebec.

Not a big deal? Get big companies to adapt to Quebec

Some users do not understand what the big deal is. Law is the law they say. They say multinational companies need to smarten up when they enter “special” Quebec market:
Same reason why Amazon Prime doesn’t offer a 30-day free trial. Rather, they do 13 months for the price of 12, which you can cancel before the 31st day and owe them nothing…. so it comes out the same. So, Spotify is simply not as smart as Amazon in how they setup their pomos for QC. They could say, instead of 3 months at 99¢… they’re doing 15 months for the price of 12 or something like that. They’re just not willing, or not smart enough, to do it for what they most likely consider a “small market”. – WHO Deal Fanatic RedFlagDeals

9 Changes To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Standout

LinkedIn has quickly became #1 tool in Canada and the US where recruiters go to search for candidates whether it is for internal position or agency recruiters go to search for their external clients.

Here are several ways to improve your LinkedIn profile to get more exposure , more interviews, more offers, and in turn more competitive salary offers. You can buy us beer ummm I mean thank us later.

Incomplete Profile – Big No No

If you have LinkedIn profile that does not outline your employment history, that is a big no no. Recruiters do not know if you will be a good match, and therefore will skip your profile and go down the list of other 2,391 matches they are going through.

Professional Profile Photo

Please do not post picture of you partying or hangover or whatever. Wear business casual shirt / pants and take a picture. It will go a long way.

Your Connections

It is always a good idea to be connected with few hundred or more connections. Having no connections send bad signal to recruiter that you are not even trying.

Resume = LinkedIn Profile

Once in a while we get a candidate whose resume is different from his LinkedIn profile. It does not matter your reason for it – always have your resume = linkedin profile. This will most likely red flag you in the eyes of even junior recruiters.

Just Say It

Yeah, we get it – you went to Thailand for few years, before you backpacked in Australia. But common, keep your summary short and professional , and of course to the point. There is no need for an essay on your LinkedIn profile.

Headline = Money Maker

When recruiters search for candidates they only see headline and your title, and the company you are working at. We need to click on it to open up your full profile. So take advantage of that, do not just say IT Die Hard Ninja – but be precise of what you do – Backend Java Developer, otherwise your profile will be skipped over.


Ninja that, and superstar this. Just tell us what you do. Enough with the jargon.

Be Active

By liking LinkedIn content, commenting on news, etc – your profile will stand out and rank on top of others (the way LI algorithm works) – so be active.

Open Candidate

By turning on Open Candidate option on LinkedIn – you are letting recruiters know that you are open to job opportunities. Use that.

Top 15 Canadian Tech Influencers to Follow On LinkedIn

Most of tech super stars come from the United States, but there are some who brave or used to brave the cold north of the border in Canada. A lot of them still continue to live and work in Canada. Some of them moved have moved to the US: Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, New York.

See our list of top influencers. Make sure to follow them today. Click on their LinkedIn profile (and then follow once there).

Tobias Lütke
Tobias Lütke is CEO and co-founder of Shopify, the marquee shopping cart system of the e-commerce industry. As a programmer Tobi has served on the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created many popular open source libraries such as the Typo weblog engine, Liquid and Active Merchant.

Randy Blumer
Online poker software developer for subscription based play for fun poker sites PlanetPoker.com and SkillRide.com

Allen Lau
Wattpad’s CEO and co-founder. 3x entrepreneur. Failed the first one. Sold the second one. Singing amazing grace in the third one.

Tim Bray
Tim Bray co-invented the XML web standard and now works for Amazon

Ryan Holmes
A serial entrepreneur, Ryan Holmes started his first business in high school, ultimately opening a string of ventures – from a pizza restaurant to a digital media agency – before starting Hootsuite in 2008. As founder and CEO, he has helped grow Hootsuite into the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 10-million-plus users, including 800 of the Fortune 1000 companies.

William Mougayar
Uniquely versed and experienced in the North American startup ecosystem via networked relationships with VC’s, startups, founders and influencers.

Rahul Sood
Founder of VoodooPC, luxury PC maker. CEO and founder of Unikrn, a gaming and eSports company based in Seattle.

Stephen Elop
Elop has a computer engineering degree—from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Was president and CEO of Nokia as well as Microsoft.

Andy Yang
Founder at 500px. The premier community for inspiring photography.

Mike Lazaridis
Greek – Canadian. Co-founder of Research in Motion / Blackberry. Investing heavily into Waterloo Ontario region

Ted Livingston
Founder and CEO of Kik. Kik Messenger is a proprietary instant messenger software application (app) for mobile devices.

Ethan Song
He is the CEO and Co-founder FRANK & OAK where he handles the member shopping experience, products development, marketing and sales.

Howard Lindzon
In 2008 Lindzon co-founded StockTwits, and is Chairman today. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by Fast Company and one of the “50 best websites” by Time.

James Gosling
Father of Java. Working at Liquid Robotics – Hacking ocean-going robots and housing their data in a cloud. Is he related to Ryan Gosling? No, they are not! James Gosling is a world renowned computer scientist, better known as the Father of Java programming language, while Ryan Gosling is a famous Hollywood actor, director and screenwriter. However, they both are Canadians, so they are related in some aspect.

Anyone we missed let us know in the comment section below.