Consumer issues are regulated by a number of federal, provincial and municipal government ministries and tribunals. To deal with a consumer problem, the first step is to categorize which legal area the problem relates to. The second step would be to identify which government office deals with this area of law and which laws and complaints procedures are in place to assist the consumer.
Federal ministries and tribunals deal with federally regulated areas such as banking, bankruptcy and telecommunications.
Provincial ministries and Consumer Protection BC deal with a wide range of issues including unfair business practices, door-to-door sales, energy contracts, collection agencies, funeral homes and travel agencies.
Municipal governments deal with areas such as building bylaws, contractor licensing and municipal services.
Victoria BC V8Z 0B9
All types of businesses – online, offline, BBB Accredited Businesses, or non-accredited businesses. Also charities and non-profits. Complaints relating to marketplace transactions, including advertising claims.
151 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 3H9
Phone: 604-982-6210 Toll free: 1-800-445-9981 Fax: 604-661-2896
ICBC Fairness CommissionerPeter Burns, Q.C.
ICBC Fairness Commissioner
P.O. Box 86686
North Vancouver BC V7L 4L2
Life and Health Insurance
Ombudservice for Life and Health Insurance
Toll Free 1-888-295-8112
Complaint Form: Submit a Complaint
General Insurance Ombudservice
1 877 225 0446
Online Form: https://www.giocanada.org/gettingstarted/
Real Estate, Pension and Financial ServicesFinancial Institutions Commission
Suite 2800 – 555 West Hastings
Vancouver BC, V6B 4N6
Banking & Investments
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
427 Laurier Avenue West, 6th Floor
1-866-461-FCAC (3222) Fax: 1-866-814-2224 / 613-941-1436
Banks and Investment Services
BC Securities Commission
Elder Financial Abuse page
BCSC InvestRight – Investor Education website
BCSC Public Inquiries Line
Telephone: 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 (toll free across Canada)
1055 West Georgia Street Vancouver, B.C.
P.O. Box 11164 V6E 3R5
Complaints Line: 1-877-442-4322
Financial Institutions in BC
Credit Unions & Trust Companies: CUandTrusts@ficombc.ca
Credit Union Deposit Insurance: DepositInsurance@ficombc.ca
Real Estate: RealEstate@ficombc.ca
Mortgage Brokers: MortgageBrokers@ficombc.ca
General Inquiries: FICOM@ficombc.ca
House ConstructionSafety Standards Appeal Board PO Box 9844 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T2
Helps consumers plan their renovation and explains what to do when there are problems.