Claimant Profile: Elusive Unclaimed Wages Finds a Home

The amount of unclaimed funds in the BCUPS database has been increasing by about 10 percent a year over the last five years.  Individuals who previously searched the BCUPS online database without any luck may find years later that funds from a long-forgotten account or unpaid wages are now theirs to be claimed. That was the case with a Vancouver donor relations professional who discovered she had unclaimed wages waiting […]

BCUPS’s Social Philanthropy Business Model Support the Public Good

  One of the most distinctive aspects of British Columbia’s unclaimed property program is that it has a philanthropic component to it.  Each year, a portion of BCUPS’s outstanding unclaimed funds are transferred to Vancouver Foundation for philanthropic purposes. Last year, $2.8 million was transferred to Vancouver Foundation to support community programs. Since 2004, BCUPS has transferred more than $35.8 million to Vancouver Foundation, which manages an endowment of $1.2 […]

Unclaimed Property in BC Tops $150 Million – June 2018

Over the last four years, the amount of unclaimed property sitting in dormant accounts in British Columbia has increased by more than 50%. Today, the BCUPS searchable database lists approximately $151 million in unclaimed funds, compared to approximately $100 million in 2014. “There’s a growing awareness among companies and organizations of their regulatory obligation to remit unclaimed funds to the BC Unclaimed Property Society,” explains Alena Levitz, Executive Director of […]

University of British Columbia’s Unclaimed Property Disclosure Serves as a Model for Other Organizations

  It’s a common problem facing most post-secondary educational institutions with a mobile workforce. Visiting scholars, sessional instructors, student employees and other part-time-temporary workers come and go forgetting to pick up their final paycheque, often leaving no forwarding address, contact or banking information. This was the situation facing the University of British Columbia. A review of payroll operations in the fall of 2016 uncovered approximately 15,000 paper cheques that employees […]

Approximately $140 million in unclaimed funds sitting in dormant accounts in BC

The amount of unclaimed property sitting in dormant accounts in British Columbia has increased by 40% over the last three years, according to recent statistics from the BC Unclaimed Property Society (BCUPS). Today, approximately $140 million in unclaimed funds are searchable in the BCUPS’ database, compared to approximately $100 million in 2014. Alena Levitz, Executive Director of the BC Unclaimed Property Society, says the growing amount of unclaimed property in […]

The Canadian Unclaimed Property Landscape

Unclaimed property laws vary considerably from province-to-province in Canada. Modern Canadian unclaimed property laws are based on the Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s Uniform Unclaimed Intangible Property Act (UUIPA) that was drafted in 2003. The UUIPA was designed “to provide a harmonized legislative scheme for the consideration of those provinces and territories which may wish to enact unclaimed property legislation.” Though parts of the UUIPA have been incorporated into provincial […]