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Terms and conditions

  • Terms and conditions of use ("TCU") of the website
    Welcome to the Société économique de l'Ontario (SÉO) website!
    We encourage you to browse the website to learn more about the organization and its programs.
    By accessing this website, you agree to these Terms of Use.
    If you are unable to access these TCUs or the links provided, please contact us.
    The SÉO may modify the TCUs from time to time without notice to you. Please check our TCUs regularly for any changes.   
    We ask you to observe a few simple rules when using our website. You may not:
    • use this website in any manner not permitted by these TCUs;
    • make any commercial use of this website;
    • use this website in a manner that does not comply with applicable laws; and
    • make or attempt to make any harmful use of this website and any computer system, including but not limited to servers, networks, databases, hardware and equipment used by or for this website.
    Links to and from our website
    Our website may include links to third-party websites and social media platforms. These links may not work or may have been damaged. As the conditions of use of these websites and platforms and the management of their content are not governed by us, we cannot be held responsible for any damage experienced.
    Furthermore, we include these links insofar as they are likely to be of interest to you, and the fact that a link is displayed does not mean that we endorse or recommend it. We cannot guarantee that the content will be useful, appropriate, virus-free or reliable.
    We have no relationship with, and do not endorse, any other website or social media platform that links to this or any other SÉO website.
    Intellectual property
    The content of this website is protected by applicable intellectual property laws and regulations. Unless otherwise specified, the SÉO owns all right, title and interest in and to the content of this site and any copying, publication, reproduction or distribution for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the SÉO.
    If personal information is provided to the SÉO through this website, it will be managed in accordance with our privacy policy below.
    Disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability
    The SÉO provides the website and its content on an "as is" basis and you agree to use the website and its content at your own risk. The SÉO does not warrant the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the content, or the suitability of the content for any particular purpose. The SÉO makes no representations, warranties or covenants, express or implied, that the website will meet your expectations, that access to the website will be uninterrupted, virus-free and error-free, that any errors will be corrected, or that the quality of any products, services, information or other materials that may be purchased or obtained through the website will meet your expectations. You agree not to hold the SÉO liable for any loss or damage of any kind (including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, punitive, exemplary, or other damages, as well as loss of profits, operations, reputation, information, programs or data, savings, revenues, goodwill, tangible or intangible property, management time or labour, and losses related to costs, expenses, harm to business, legal or attorneys' fees, or damages of any nature whatsoever), which may arise from contract, tort, negligence or any other legal basis relating to this website or any external social media platform, even when the SÉO would have been advised of the possibility of such damage or loss, or it would have been foreseeable.
    The laws of the Province of Ontario shall govern these TCUs, and these TCUs shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ontario.
    If any term or condition of this TCUs, or its application to specific persons or circumstances, is held invalid or unenforceable, the remaining terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect. Failure to enforce any or all of the TCUs shall not be deemed a waiver of any provision thereof.
  • The SÉO is pleased that you are following its official social media accounts. We use our social media accounts to share useful information and resources. We encourage you to 'interact responsibly with them, including adhering to this Social Media Policy, which applies when communicating with the SÉO via social media.


    The TCUs, above, applies to our social media accounts, replacing any reference to our website with a reference to our social media accounts.


    We monitor public interaction with our social media accounts and encourage respectful interaction. To this end, any comments posted on our accounts should be respectful and related to our content.


    If you post content, you may not post or link to content that :


    • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, hateful, fraudulent, discriminatory, harassing, inflammatory, indecent, tortious, defamatory, knowingly false, misleading, obscene, offensive, profane or otherwise objectionable; 

    • discloses personal information about others;

    • infringes on any confidential information;  

    • does not belong to the person who published it, or for which this person does not have the necessary rights for its publication; 

    • constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising or spam; and

    • contains software viruses or any other computer program designed to interfere with the proper working of any computer system owned or operated by SÉO.


    The SÉO reserves the right to remove, move or edit any content posted on our accounts that does not comply with this policy, or for any other reason that the SÉO deems appropriate in its sole discretion.


    The SÉO cannot guarantee a response to any question or comment shared on any of our social media accounts. You also acknowledge that any response we provide to you through our social media accounts does not constitute final advice or a guarantee of any kind.


    If personal information is collected on our social media accounts, it will be managed in accordance with our privacy policy.


    The SÉO's decision to follow, favorite or subscribe to a social media account, or the sharing of content from another user, does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the account or content in question.


    We remind you that social media platforms and services have their own terms of use, and we encourage you to read them before using the site.

  • The SÉO recognizes the importance you place on protecting your privacy. The purpose of this policy is to inform you of the information that is collected by OES, the purpose for which it is collected, and the measures taken to ensure its protection. We manage any personal information that may be provided to us through this website in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable laws.


    The SÉO may change this Privacy Policy from time to time without notice to you. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be effective upon posting.   


    Personal information


    Personal information is information that identifies you, such as your name, address and e-mail address, and may include information that you provide to the SÉO in the course of a communication with the SÉO. The disclosure of personal information is not necessary for the use of our website.

    The SÉO may collect personal information from website users on a voluntary basis with their consent, for example, by contacting the SÉO directly. Personal information will not be used for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. When personal information is collected, we will inform you of the purposes for which it is to be used. For example, OES will use your personal information to respond to a question submitted through our website.


    All personal information collected is protected by physical and organizational safeguards and modern security mechanisms, including security software. Any personal information that is no longer necessary or relevant for the purposes for which it was collected, and that is not required to be retained by applicable law, will be destroyed, erased or made anonymously.


    Upon request, we will inform you of the existence, use and disclosure of your personal information. The SÉO recognizes your right to challenge the accuracy of this information and will make appropriate amendments to correct it.

    Other information

    During use of our website, our servers automatically collect limited amounts of information in order to gather statistics and monitor navigation. The purpose of analyzing this information is to improve our website. For example, we collect the following information: the IP address of your computer and that of your Internet service provider, your operating system, the keywords entered in our search engine, the pages visited and the dates and times of their visits, and the referring website. This information is not personal information and the SÉO cannot identify you through this information. However, if we detect any attempt to damage our website, we reserve the right to take appropriate measures, including attempting to identify any person committing such act.


    Our website uses cookies, which are pieces of data stored on the hard drive of a website user's computer that contain information about the user. The SÉO may use cookies to deliver content specific to your profile when you visit the website. A cookie will reveal the identity of your browser when you visit our website, but cannot be used to reveal your personal identity. You can set your browsers to refuse cookies.

    The SÉO may also use Google Analytics and other tools to analyze the use of its website in order to discover what features of the website users prefer and to improve its site accordingly. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous, and does not include any personal information. You can deactivate the use of Google Analytics by following these instructions.




    Questions or comments regarding our privacy policy and practices may be e-mailed to

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