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There are two types of organizations that hold unclaimed property, voluntary holders and mandatory holders. The process for submitting funds is different for each holder.

How to submit unclaimed property?

1) Determine what type of holder you are: Mandatory or Voluntary.

Mandatory Holders: those regulated by law to transfer unclaimed property to the BC Unclaimed Property Society. These include municipal and provincial courts, credit unions, and real estate agencies.

Voluntary Holders: those not regulated by law, but should transfer unclaimed property to the BC Unclaimed Property Society so that it can be claimed by its rightful owners. These include trust funds, insurance policies, brokerage accounts, closed pension plans and other organizations.

2) Determine whether you will submit by mail or electronically.

You must submit electronically if you are submitting more than ten (10) unclaimed properties. If you are submitting less than ten (10) unclaimed properties you may submit by mail, or electronically.

Note: even if you submit electronically, you will have to mail a cheque.

3) Fill out a Form A (Holder Remittance Summary).

This form can be found below under “Voluntary Holders” or “Mandatory Holders” [How to PDF]. The Form A must accompany all submissions, whether sent by mail or submitted electronically.

4) Fill out the appropriate Form B or spreadsheet.

If you are submitting less than 10 properties by mail, fill out the appropriate Form B which can be found in the [Form B Mail] link beside the appropriate holder type.

If you are submitting electronically, please use the appropriate [Spreadsheet] link beside the appropriate holder type.

5) Submit your unclaimed property.

Submit by Mail (less than 10 unclaimed properties)

  • Mail your Form A and Form B(s) with one cheque for the total dollar amount of the unclaimed property submitted
  • Make cheque payable to: British Columbia Unclaimed Property Society
  • Send to:
    British Columbia Unclaimed Property Society
    PO Box 18519
    West Georgia RPO
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 0B3

Submit Electronically

  • Go to the Property Submission page
  • Log in or create an account
  • Follow the steps to upload your submission
  • Await email confirmation that your submission has been “Approved” or “Declined”
  • If your submission is approved, mail one cheque for the total dollar amount of the unclaimed property submitted
  • Make cheque payable to: British Columbia Unclaimed Property Society
  • Send to:
    British Columbia Unclaimed Property Society
    PO Box 18519
    West Georgia RPO
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 0B3

Questions? Contact BCUPS by phone: 604.662.3518 or toll free: 1.888.662.2877, or email info@unclaimedpropertybc.ca.

Voluntary Holders

Voluntary Holders are not regulated by law, but should transfer unclaimed property to the BC Unclaimed Property Society so that it can be claimed by its rightful owners. These include insurance companies, pension funds and brokerage firms.

Types of property that Voluntary Holders may hold and transfer to BC Unclaimed Property include:

  • insurance polices
  • trust funds
  • unclaimed pension funds
  • brokerage accounts

Voluntary Holder Submission [How to PDF] [Form B Spreadsheet] [Form B Mail]

Mandatory Holders

Mandatory Holders are regulated by law and their own governing legislation to transfer unclaimed property to the BC Unclaimed Property Society. These include municipal and provincial courts, credit unions, real estate agencies and more.

Each type of Mandatory Holder has a unique form to complete. Click on the group that applies to you for further information.

Why should my organization submit funds to the BC Unclaimed Property Society?

  1. The property you are holding rightfully belongs to someone else.
  2. Under the Province of BC and the Unclaimed Property Act, your organization may be regulated by law to transfer unclaimed property.
  3. All Holders of unclaimed property must make reasonable efforts to locate and notify the owner – including a public database of unclaimed property or a contact number. This may be labour-intensive for your organization. The BC Unclaimed Property Society already has these systems in place.

For more information: Section 3 of the Unclaimed Property Act