City and County Partner on WEVaxToWin

The City of Windsor and the County of Essex are partnering with some great local institutions to boost our region’s COVID-19 vaccination rate while supporting our local economy: together we’re launching WEVaxToWin.ca.

Vaccines are universally believed to be the best defence against COVID-19, offering greater protection against severe illness and death and helping to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. Hundreds of thousands of Windsor-Essex residents have already done their part, but our area is falling behind the provincial average when it comes to the number of people fully vaccinated.

To show gratitude to all those who have already rolled up their sleeves, and as encouragement for those who have yet to get their shots, we are launching a prize giveaway campaign with thousands of dollars in prizes to be won.

“It‘s vital that eligible residents be vaccinated to slow the spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant to keep our community safe and to secure our local economic recovery,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Getting your shot gives our community a shot at beating back a fourth wave and avoiding further lockdowns.”

“The numbers are stark and the solution is clear: getting vaccinated is the best way for residents to keep themselves, their families and our community safe,” said County of Essex Warden Gary McNamara. “This vaccination campaign is our best shot at avoiding another devastating lockdown while also supporting our tourism and hospitality sector, which has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic.”

The WEVaxToWin campaign is being funded through a $200,000.00 commitment by both the City of Windsor and the County of Essex. Several local partners, including Windsor Regional Hospital, the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, are also stepping up to support the campaign with prizes. We encourage local businesses to help support this regional effort by contributing prizes as well.

The WEVaxToWin campaign is open to residents of the city of Windsor and the county of Essex who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The contest features a graduated prize structure that unlocks bigger and better prizes when the community achieves specific vaccination milestones. Residents have an opportunity to win if they are fully vaccinated, and our region wins if this campaign encourages more people to roll up their sleeves.

How it Works:

To receive one (1) entry into the contest, eligible residents must enter the contest online, provide proof of residency in the city of Windsor or county of Essex and provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Each resident’s name, phone number, and all other requested personal information must be entered in the contest online to be eligible. Each eligible resident may only enter the contest one (1) time. Any resident who enters the contest more than once will be ineligible for a prize. In the event an ineligible person participates in the contest and is chosen as a winner, such person will be disqualified from winning the prize, and the prize will be forfeited and redrawn.

The first random draw will occur on October 1, 2021, and subsequent draws will then follow in regular intervals until all prizes are awarded.

An initial list of prizes and their approximate value will be published at the time of campaign launch; however, corporate sponsorships continue to be encouraged, and it is anticipated that additional donations will be made available in the weeks ahead. As new prizes are added, they will be published along with their approximate value.

Some prizes are, by definition, specific to either city of Windsor or county of Essex residents. Such prizes include the 2022 property tax and rental accommodation relief, recreation passes and municipal parking passes. However, unless otherwise noted, prizes will be allocated to both city and county residents through the random draw process.

Some prizes will be targeted to younger residents in an effort to increase vaccination rates among those demographics that are currently under-vaccinated. Unless otherwise noted, prizes will be allocated to all eligible ages.

To ensure appropriate and random distribution of gift awards, following the initial draw on October 1, 2021, on a bi-weekly basis, a set number of selected prizes will be awarded as part of the random draws. Successful residents will not be permitted to select a different prize at the time of the draw. This process will allow for a random award process and simplify the administration of gift award.

Winners will be required to answer a skill testing question in order to redeem their prize. No purchases of any kind are required in order to participate in the contest. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are non-transferable.

Contest Rules:

In order to be eligible to win a prize in the contest, each resident must enter the contest online, provide proof of residency in the city of Windsor or the county of Essex and provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. If the eligible resident is under the age of 18, consent of a parent or guardian is also required.

Additional Rules Include:

  • Registration opens Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and ends upon the last draw. Draw dates and a full list of prizes will be updated weekly on WEVaxToWin.ca.
  • Only one (1) prize per eligible resident. Once a winner is announced, that resident’s name is removed from future draws.
  • Odds of winning depend on the number and timing of eligible registrants prior to each draw.
  • Unless otherwise noted, different individuals residing within the same residence may win separate prizes.
  • Some of the prizes to be awarded within the city of Windsor include the following:
    • 2022 “property tax holiday” prize is awarded on a “household basis” if each vaccination-eligible individual residing at the residence has been fully vaccinated.
    • 2022 “rental fee holiday” prize is similarly awarded on a “household basis” if each vaccination-eligible individual residing at the residence has been fully vaccinated.
    • Each of the property tax and the rental fee prizes are for the value of property taxes or rental accommodations up to $10,000.
  • In order to be eligible for a prize, all residents need to accurately complete all requested consent forms.
  • No purchases are necessary to participate in this contest.
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are non-transferable.
  • In order to redeem their prize, winners will be required to answer a skill testing question.
  • Complete contest rules will be available at WEVaxToWin.ca.
Note:  This release was updated August 26 for clarification, changing the word lottery to prize giveaway campaign.
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