POLICY ON PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES, CATEGORIES, AND PRODUCTS

Updated: April 28, 2022
  1. Legal Restrictions

    1. Ads must comply with all applicable laws and regulations for all the locations where the ads are showing.

    Personal Health Content

    1. Products or services relating to physical or mental health conditions.
      • including diseases, disease diagnostic kits, sexual health, and chronic health conditions, which are health conditions that require long-term care or management.
      • any health issues associated with intimate body parts or functions, which includes genital, bowel, or urinary health.
      • invasive medical procedures, which includes cosmetic surgery.
      • disabilities, even when content is oriented toward the user’s primary caretaker.
      examples: treatments for chronic health conditions like diabetes or arthritis, treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, counseling services for mental health issues like depression or anxiety, medical devices for sleep apnea like CPAP machines, over-the-counter medications for yeast infections, information about how to support your autistic child.
    2. Drugs & drug-related products
      ads must not promote the sale or use of illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs
    3. Products or devices intended for pregnancy/fertility
      for example, pregnancy tests, fertility products, folic acid etc.
    4. Health Services
      where it is not already prohibited by the conditions outlined in this document, we cannot use any medical condition related data.

    Regulated or Restricted Products

    1. Alcohol products, unless the following conditions are met:
      • products must be sold in Loblaw retail stores.
      • cannot use past alcohol purchase history to build an audience for ad serving purposes.
      • cannot combine with certain sensitive product categories (health category, cold & flu, OTC medication, etc.).
    2. Products related to gambling services
    3. Tobacco products
    4. Marijuana purchases or products (including CBD products)
    5. Pornography or related adult content
    6. Weapons, ammunition, or explosives
    7. Surveillance equipment
      ads may not promote the sale of spy cams, mobile phone trackers or other hidden surveillance equipment.
    8. Unauthorized streaming devices
      ads must not promote products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media.

    Identity and Belief

    1. Products or services relating to sexual orientation, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, or heterosexual orientation
      information about revealing your sexuality and/or services tailored to those with a specific sexual orientation.
    2. Products or services relating to personal race or ethnicity
      racially or ethnically oriented publications, racially or ethnically oriented universities, racial or ethnic dating, or any product or service based on or promoting stereotypical or negative associations based on race or ethnicity.
    3. Associations, organizations, or content affiliated with personal religious beliefs
      places of worship, religious guidance, religious education or universities, religious products, religious public and community services and organizations.
    4. Associations, organizations, or content relating to political affiliations
      political ideologies, political opinions, political parties, political organizations, political campaigns, engagement in political discourse.
    5. Products or services that promote hate or discrimination

    Personal Hardships

    1. Products or services relating to personal hardships with family, friends, or other interpersonal relationships
      divorce services, books about coping with divorce, bereavement products or services, family counseling services.
    2. Payday loans, paycheck advances, and bail bonds

    Other Prohibited Products and Practices

    1. Finance
      credit card products.
    2. Apparel
      targeting customers based on past purchases of Joe Fresh products is not permitted for apparel advertisements.
    3. Use of a re-marketing list or audience that targets an overly narrow or specific audience
      includes instances in which combining a re-marketing list with other targeting criteria (e.g., geographic location) results in a campaign targeting a set of customers less than 10,000 individuals.

    Prohibited Content Within Creative

    1. Adult and other content inappropriate for a general audience
      images or representations of people that display partially exposed sexual body parts such as breasts, genitals, or buttocks
    2. Sensational content
      ads must not contain shocking, sensational, disrespectful, or excessively violent content
    3. Misleading or false content
      ads, landing pages, and business practices must not contain deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims, offers, or methods
    4. Controversial content
      ads must not contain content that exploits controversial political or social issues for commercial purposes including political opinion, religious belief, or advocacy
    5. Grammar and profanity
      ads must not contain profanity or bad grammar and punctuation
      symbols, numbers, and letters must be used properly without the intention of circumventing our ad review process or other enforcement systems
    6. Personal health
      ads must not contain "before-and-after" images or images that contain unexpected or unlikely results
      ad content must not imply or attempt to generate negative self-perception to promote diet, weight loss, or other health related products
    7. Hate speech or discriminatory content
      ads must not incite violence or intolerance, or advocate or discriminate against a protected group, whether based on race, colour, national origin, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation age or another category
    8. Intellectual Property and Trademark
      ads must not infringe or violate any third-party intellectual property (trademark/copyright) rights**
    9. ** to submit a trademark or copyright complaint, please send an email to: ad-complaints@loblaw.ca