Recent amendments to the Limitation Act of British Columbia come into force June 1, 2013. Effective tomorrow, these amendments will shorten the time period potential plaintiffs have to file a lawsuit as follows:
These amendments 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 reduces potential exposure to the risk of long-term liability. Most notably, wrongful dismissal actions will now be subject to a 2-year limitation period, rather than the previous 6-year limitation period.
In most cases, the new limitation period applies 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 limitation 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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