Unclaimed Property Program

The Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) is responsible for the legislation of the Unclaimed Property Program as authorized by the Unclaimed Property Act

Examples of unclaimed property:

  • Unpaid wages
  • Forgotten deposits in credit unions
  • Court trust funds
  • Other sources

Searching for unclaimed property

To search for unclaimed property visit the BC Unclaimed Property Society.

The BC Unclaimed Property Society was formed to help reunite owners with their lost property.

Receiving a letter from BC Unclaimed Property Society

The Society undertakes location efforts to find the owners of unclaimed property they hold.  The purpose of the letter is to confirm whether you are the same person whose name appears in their database.  The letter will ask you to provide evidence that you are the owner of the property they hold.  If you are in doubt about the authenticity of a letter you can inquire with the OCG, Financial Management Branch, Kevin Herkel at 778-698-5410.

Obligations for holders of unclaimed property

View sections 8-13 of the Unclaimed Property Act.  Some obligations include:

Section 8

  • Describes classes of property, circumstances, dates and threshold amounts that pertain to various classes of property

Section 11

  • Making a search when property becomes unclaimed; and
  • Maintaining a database of unclaimed property held

Section 12

  • Voluntary transfer of unclaimed property to BC Unclaimed Property Society (the administrator) - if you do not wish to maintain the database