Cashing BC Employment and Assistance cheques

The consumer protection law in BC speaks to how much can be charged for cashing specific types of government cheques. This fee cap applies to any business who cashes these cheques, including payday lenders.

The most that can be charged to cash a BC Employment and Assistance cheque is either $2.00 plus 1% of the cheque amount or $10 – whichever is less. This means it should never cost more than $10 to cash these cheques. 

These laws only apply to BC Employment and Assistance cheques:

BC Employment and Assistance cheques include two electronic signatories rotated monthly issued on blue, green, or pink cheque stock.

Look at samples of BC Employment and Assistance cheques

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.

Read the Government Cheque Cashing Fees Regulation.

Read our consumer tips on cashing government cheques