BC's New Limitation Act Responding to the Call for a New Regime

By David Wende & Emily Stock
Published: October 2012

A new Limitation Act came into effect in BC on 1 June 2013.  The Limitation Act sets out the time periods people have to start a proceeding to sue one another in the civil justice system. While many other laws set limitation periods, the Limitation Act sets the default regime, which means that unless another law sets the applicable limitation period, the Limitation Act applies.  With the new legislation, there will be a single, two-year limitation period for most civil claims, such as those that involve personal injury. Also, there will be an ultimate limitation period for legal matters that may not be discovered right away, in which case people will have up to fifteen years to file most civil lawsuits.

For a more detailed discussion on how the new legislation affects CAs in public practice, please read BC's New Limitation Act: Responding to the Call for a New Regime.

BC's New Limitation Act Responding to the Call for a New Regime