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Unclaimed Balances / Unclaimed Money
It's hard to believe, but people forget about funds that they have on deposit in banks, trust companies and loan companies. They also forget to notify banks, brokers, and others when they have a change of address, or a change of name due to marriage, divorce, etc.
In order to avoid any of your assets becoming part of the massive unclaimed property amounts, it is important to:
If you believe you have unclaimed property somewhere, here are some resources for trying to find it:
On June 22, 2018 the Government of Canada released for comment a consultation paper. The aim of the consultation is to modernize the unclaimed balances regime and provide proposals for an unclaimed pension balances framework. Written comments should be sent by email, by August 21, 2018.
Canadian Financial Institutions
Bank of Canada searchable database of unclaimed amounts. When funds held by financial institution have seen no activity for over 10 years, and the rightful owners cannot be found, the funds are transferred to the Bank of Canada.
Central registry of Unclaimed Property - administered by Alberta Finance and Enterprise, Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA), will provide a searchable directory for unclaimed property.
BC Unclaimed Property Society (BCUPS) provides a searchable database of unclaimed property.
Revenu Quebec has a searchable register of unclaimed property.
For those of you who may have unclaimed property in the US, a free searchable database is available at MissingMoney.com. The database provides access to unclaimed property in most states. Another resource is the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) which provides links to databases for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, a few Canadian provinces, and Guam and Puerto Rico.
The US government also has a web page Unclaimed Money from the Government.
Tip: Keep good records, so if something happens to you, your heirs will find all your assets!
Revised: July 14, 2019
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