In an attempt to increase citizens’ access to justice and make small claims faster, cheaper and easier, the province has launched its online Civil Resolution Tribunal.
The new online tribunal is the first in Canada where these types of disputes (contracts, debts, personal injury, personal property and consumer issues for values under $5000) can be filed, negotiated, and resolved almost all online, with simple explainers of options and procedures.
B.C. has already been letting condo owners settle strata disputes online since last year.
The Ministry of Justice also raised the jurisdiction of B.C. small claims to $35,000, up from $25,000.