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Bank Act

Version of section 557 from 2007-04-20 to 2020-03-05:


Marginal note:Unclaimed balances

  •  (1) Where

    • (a) a deposit has been made in Canada that is payable in Canada in Canadian currency and in respect of which no transaction has taken place and no statement of account has been requested or acknowledged by the creditor during a period of ten years

      • (i) from the day on which the fixed period terminated, in the case of a deposit made for a fixed period, and

      • (ii) from the day on which the last transaction took place or a statement of account was last requested or acknowledged by the creditor, whichever is later, in the case of any other deposit, or

    • (b) a cheque, draft or bill of exchange (including any of those instruments drawn by one branch of an authorized foreign bank on another of its branches but not including one issued in payment of a dividend on the capital of an authorized foreign bank) payable in Canada in Canadian currency has been issued, certified or accepted by an authorized foreign bank in Canada and no payment has been made in respect of it for a period of ten years after the date of issue, certification, acceptance or maturity, whichever is later,

    the authorized foreign bank shall pay to the Bank of Canada not later than December 31 in each year an amount equal to the principal amount of the deposit or instrument, plus interest, if any, calculated in accordance with the terms of the deposit or instrument, and payment accordingly discharges the authorized foreign bank from all liability in respect of the deposit or instrument.

  • Marginal note:Provision of information

    (2) An authorized foreign bank shall, on making a payment under subsection (1), provide the Bank of Canada, for each deposit or instrument in respect of which the payment is made, with the following information current as of the day the payment is made, in so far as it is known to the authorized foreign bank:

    • (a) in the case of a deposit,

      • (i) the name of the depositor in whose name the deposit is held,

      • (ii) the recorded address of the depositor,

      • (iii) the outstanding amount of the deposit, and

      • (iv) the branch of the authorized foreign bank at which the last transaction took place in respect of the deposit, and the date of that last transaction; and

    • (b) in the case of an instrument,

      • (i) the name of the person to whom or at whose request the instrument was issued, certified or accepted,

      • (ii) the recorded address of that person,

      • (iii) the name of the payee of the instrument,

      • (iv) the amount and date of the instrument,

      • (v) the name of the place where the instrument was payable, and

      • (vi) the branch of the authorized foreign bank at which the instrument was issued, certified or accepted.

  • Marginal note:Copies of signature cards and signing authorities

    (2.1) An authorized foreign bank shall, on written request by the Bank of Canada, provide the Bank of Canada with copies of signature cards and signing authorities relating to any deposit or instrument in respect of which it has made a payment under subsection (1). If it does not have any with respect to a deposit or instrument to which the request relates, it shall so inform the Bank of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Payment to claimant

    (3) Subject to section 22 of the Bank of Canada Act, where payment has been made to the Bank of Canada under subsection (1) in respect of any deposit or instrument, and if payment is demanded or the instrument is presented at the Bank of Canada by the person who, but for that section, would be entitled to receive payment of the deposit or instrument, the Bank of Canada is liable to pay, at its agency in the province in which the deposit or instrument was payable, an amount equal to the amount so paid to it together with interest, if interest was payable under the terms of the deposit or instrument,

    • (a) for a period not exceeding ten years from the day on which the payment was received by the Bank of Canada until the date of payment to the claimant; and

    • (b) at any rate and computed in any manner that the Minister determines.

  • Marginal note:Enforcing liability

    (4) The liability of the Bank of Canada under subsection (3) may be enforced by action against the Bank of Canada in the court in the province in which the deposit or instrument was payable.

  • 1991, c. 46, s. 557
  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35
  • 2007, c. 6, s. 87
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