Amendments to the Limitation Act of British Columbia are slated to come into force June 1, 2013. The effect of these amendments will be to shorten the time period potential plaintiffs have to file a lawsuit as follows:
These amendments will bring British Columbia in line with the limitation periods currently in place in other provinces. By comparison, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and New Brunswick already utilize a 2-year basic limitation period, with ultimate limitation periods ranging from 10 to 15 years.
This is good news for employers, as it will reduce potential exposure to the risk of long-term liability. Most notably, wrongful dismissal actions will be subject to a 2-year limitation period, rather than the 6-year limitation period which is currently in place.
In most cases, the new limitation period will apply to causes of action arising in British Columbia on or after June 1, 2013.
If you have any questions about how the new legislation will work, how limitations periods might affect your business, or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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