Consumer Protection BC
Changes coming to BC’s Limitation Act Print E-mail

{May 31, 2013} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC is advising all British Columbians about upcoming changes to the province’s Limitation Act, which sets limitation periods for civil claims.

Administered by the Ministry of Justice, BC’s new Limitation Act comes into effect on June 1, 2013 and repeals and replaces the province’s current Limitation Act, which dates back to 1975. The new Act governs how long a claimant has to bring a civil lawsuit (such as the ability to sue for a consumer debt owing) if no other statute contains a specific time period. Amongst the changes is the move from a variety of basic limitation periods, based on the type of legal action, to a single two-year basic limitation period for all civil claims (with some exceptions).

More information about the key changes, including a comprehensive questions and answers document that may be helpful for debtors and creditors with respect to debts, can be accessed from the Ministry of Justice website.

Consumer Protection BC is a not-for-profit corporation whose vision is confident consumers and trusted businesses in a thriving marketplace. We enforce consumer protection laws and strengthen consumer protection in BC by licensing and inspecting specific industries, responding to consumer questions, investigating alleged violations of consumer protection laws and educating consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities. For more information about our organization, please visit our corporate website at www.consumerprotectionbc.ca. You can also follow Consumer Protection BC on Twitter @ConsumerProBC, like us on Facebook and read our blogfor valuable consumer tips and resources.

 
Know More about Your Dance Lesson Contract Print E-mail

In a continuing services contract you receive services over a period of time, rather than all at once. These types of contracts are limited to dance lessons, personal training, weight loss, self defense, gym and travel club memberships.

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Appointment of new President and CEO Print E-mail

{April 25, 2013} VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection BC is announcing the appointment of Rob Gialloreto as its new President and CEO.

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Watch out for text scams! Print E-mail

INFORMATION BULLETIN
In partnership with Consumer Protection BC, the Ministry of Justice and the Better Business Bureau Mainland BC

March 25, 2013, VICTORIA –
British Columbians are increasingly losing money to text messaging-related scams. In 2012, more than $7,700 in losses were reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre from these kinds of schemes – a 600 per cent increase over the previous year.

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