Proposed Unclaimed Property Program – Consultation

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Consultation closed

The consultation on the proposed unclaimed property program is closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The ministry is now reviewing submissions.

A wide variety of property currently lies unclaimed in various institutions across Ontario. This unclaimed property includes such things as amounts due under an insurance policy and interests recognized by such instruments as share certificates and bonds. Many of these assets are never claimed by their rightful owners.

There are many reasons why assets become unclaimed. Some owners become ill or die without alerting family members to the existence of their property. Others simply lose track of their assets over time. It is thought that the total value of these properties is in the millions of dollars.

Lost or forgotten assets are typically left in the possession of a financial institution or other business (the “holder”), but they do not belong to those institutions.

To ensure that unclaimed intangible assets are dealt with in a fair and responsible manner that minimizes the burden on asset holders, the ministry has proposed a program to manage assets that have been unclaimed for a period of time. A key feature of this proposed Unclaimed Property Program includes the creation of a centralized registry of unclaimed property that could be easily accessed by the public.

Fall 2012 consultation

Read the consultation document for more information about the proposal discussed during the first round of consultations, which took place in fall 2012.

Spring 2013 consultation

In June 2013, the Ministry of the Attorney General hosted a series of meetings to review the proposed Unclaimed Property Program, based on the results of the fall 2012 consultation.

For a brief summary of the views expressed during these meetings and information on how to submit any further comments to the ministry, please read Summary of Comments.

Questions:

If you have any questions, please contact John Lee at john.a.lee@ontario.ca, or call 416-326-5114.