With Christmas just around the corner, the promise of rebates for shopping online at our favorite retailers is irresistible. Great Canadian Rebates is a website offering us just that. Although the site is Canadian, it has an extensive US membership and offers.

Here’s how the website works:

First, you need to register.  There is no fee required to register and there are no membership fees.  After registration, you can earn cash back rebates by shopping at hundreds of your favourite merchants on the Great Canadian Rebates website.  Just for becoming a member, GCR will deposit a toonie into your account.

For every purchase made through the website, Great Canadian Rebates gets a commission from the merchant and, according to them, they pass most of the commission back to you in the form of a cash back rebate, which is paid by cheque or can be directly deposited into your PayPal account on a bi-monthly basis. Most rebates are posted to your Great Canadian Rebates account within 72 hours but it may take up to 30 days from the time of the purchase for the rebate to appear.

There is a minimum 45 day wait period before you’ll actually be paid a rebate. This is so Great Canadian Rebates can collect their money from the retailer and ensure that merchandise hasn’t been returned. If you decide to return a purchase, the rebate earned will be debited from your account. The cash back rebate will remain if the return is only to exchange a size or get an item in a different colour.

Great Canadian Rebates updates their coupons, sales and deals daily. Some of the over 300 retailers you’ll find on the website include Walmart, Dell, The Bay, Sears, Expedia, Home Depot, Apple Store Canada, Chapters. Indigo, Hotels.com, Sony Style Canada, Groupon, MBNA, American Express and lots more.

Almost every purchase made through Great Canadian Rebates qualifies for a Cash Back Rebate. The exceptions are shipping and handling fees, taxes and any part of your purchase paid for with coupons, gift cards or store credits. You will earn an average of five percent cash back through the website and even more by using their coupons and sales links.

You can also earn referral bonuses of 10 percent on each of your friends who join and earn cash back rebates.


They are also offering $60 cash back when you apply for an MBNA MasterCard and a $25 referral bonus per credit card when any of your referrals are approved by MBNA for any credit card listed on the site and reported to Great Canadian Rebates during November and December.

There are a few simple rules you need to follow in order to qualify for a rebate.

  • All orders must be placed through the GCR website, not over the phone.
  • You can’t use coupon codes found on other sites.
  • Cookies must be turned on.
  • Any Ad Blocker program you have must be turned off.
  • Click on the appropriate link from GreatCanadianRebates.ca to the merchant before adding to a cart, before a purchase, a reservation or an application.
  • Use coupon codes from the GCR site only.
  • Purchases must be made by using the online cart, reservation system or application system.
  • To make sure of your rebate, be sure to close all other windows you may have opened and click only the link on the GCR website.

All rebates are paid in Canadian funds. Any purchase made in US funds or reported by the merchant in US funds, will be converted into Canadian Dollars based on that day’s exchange rate.

If you do a lot of online shopping, especially at this time of year, you’ve got nothing to lose and cash back to gain when you sign up at Great Canadian Rebates.

Even More Cash Back Tip

If you use your cash back credit card, such as the MBNA SmartCash card, you can earn cash back on your credit card and Great Canadian Rebates.