Updated: As of September 15th, 2019, the fee cap also applies to Imprest (on demand) cheques issued by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
We’re taking an opportunity to remind consumers and businesses how much can be charged for cashing certain kinds of government cheques.
What types of cheques are we talking about?
These laws only apply to:
- BC Employment and Assistance cheques issued by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. The Ministry only issues two kinds of cheques. The two cheques we’re talking about will indicate (on the face of the cheque) either:
- “BC Employment and Assistance” or
- “BC Employment and Assistance Imprest Account”
- Imprest (on demand) cheques issued by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
BC Employment and Assistance cheques include 2 electronic signatories rotated monthly issued on blue, green, or pink cheque stock.
What’s the most amount that can be charged?
The most that can be charged to cash a BC Employment and Assistance cheque is either $2 plus 1% of the cheque amount or $10 – whichever is less. This means it should never cost more than $10 to cash these cheques.
Who does this law apply to?
The fee cap applies to any business who cashes these cheques. However, the fee cap does not apply to manually printed cheques. These cheques are only issued in extreme circumstances. The payment details and signatures on these cheques are filled out in handwriting.
Where do I go with questions?
If you’re a consumer or a business looking for more information on your rights and obligations when it comes to cashing these kinds of cheques, you can contact us for help by filling out our online complaint form.
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