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Canada. Bank of Canada

Site: Ottawa - Mailing Address

Service: Unclaimed Bank Balances

Contact Information
Office Phone Toll free 1-800-303-1282
Fax 613-782-7713
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Agency Information
Description (Agency) The nation's central bank.
Legal Status (40) Federal Government
Funding Federal
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Unclaimed balances in Canadian financial institutions are turned over to the Bank of Canada, the country's national bank, which acts as custodians on behalf of the owners 
* an “unclaimed balance” is a Canadian-dollar account, deposit or negotiable instrument issued or held by a federally regulated bank or trust company that has been transferred to the Bank of Canada after it has been inactive for a period of ten years and the owner cannot be contacted 
Only the following types of unclaimed balances are held by the Bank of Canada 
* current/chequing accounts 
* savings accounts 
* positive credit card balances 
* term deposits 
* Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) 
* deposit receipts 
Negotiable Instruments: 
* bank drafts 
* certified cheques 
* money orders 
* official cheques 
* traveller's cheques 
* amounts under $1000 are held for 30 years 
* amounts of $1000 and over are held for 100 years  
* if the balance remains unclaimed at the end of the prescribed custody period the Bank of Canada transfers the funds to the Receiver General for Canada 
Search the Unclaimed Balances Registry
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Unclaimed balances may be searched by anyone for free using the online form on the website, or by inquiring by email, telephone, fax, or regular mail 
* visit How to Claim to see the three step process for claiming an unclaimed balance
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Ottawa (City of)
Mailing Address c/o Unclaimed Balances Services 
Bank of Canada 
234 Wellington St 
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G9
Physical Access Not Applicable - mailing address
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Financial Institutions

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