For the first time in nine years, Alberta’s government is increasing the civil claims limit. The limit moves to $100,000 from $50,000.
By implementing this measure, more Albertans will be able to file claims in the Alberta Court of Justice. This court utilizes simplified and cost-effective procedures, making it an attractive option compared to other courts.
Additionally, with 72 court locations spread across the province, it is highly accessible for individuals regardless of where they live in Alberta.
"The government's decision to increase the civil claims limit for the Alberta Court of Justice will give more people the option to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently. This is particularly beneficial for businesses, as timely dispute resolution enables them to focus their resources on their core operations and drive growth. We recognize the importance of providing businesses and individuals with a justice system that is both accessible and efficient, and this measure is a step towards achieving that goal.”
"The Alberta Chambers of Commerce welcomes the government's decision to increase the civil claims limit from $50,000 to $100,000. This increase will help level the playing field for small and medium-sized enterprises, which will be able to seek justice through more cost-effective means. We are optimistic this measure will contribute to a more thriving business environment in Alberta, and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the government in enhancing the province's business climate."
- This increase takes effect Aug. 1.
- Changes to the Justice Statutes Amendment Act in fall 2022 enabled the government to increase the civil claim limit in the Alberta Court of Justice to $200,000.
- Alberta’s government chose the $100,000 limit after surveying Alberta’s three courts, the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers, and Legal Aid.
- The civil claims limit was last increased to $50,000 from $25,000 in 2014.