Have a Small Claims Dispute? Start Here!
Click on a dispute area below to get started!
The Solution Explorer is the first step in the CRT process. It gives you free legal information and self-help tools. If your dispute is something the CRT can help resolve, then you can apply to the CRT right from the Solution Explorer.
The CRT can’t enforce orders from the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) or the Employment Standards Branch (ESB). These need to be enforced at the BC Provincial Court.
Motor vehicle accidents and injuries
We have a new dispute area for motor vehicle accidents and injuries. Some situations may fall under our small claims jurisdiction. The Solution Explorer will give you the correct online application for your situation.
How much can I claim with the CRT?
The CRT can resolve small claims disputes $5,000 and under. This amount will increase in the future. The value of the claims in a dispute must fall within this amount, even if you are asking for goods or things other than money. This amount does not include interest or reasonable dispute-related expenses.
If you have a claim higher than this amount, you can abandon the amount above $5,000 and make your claim with the CRT. If you abandon the amount above $5,000, you won’t be able to claim the higher amount anywhere else.
If your claim is for more than $5,000, and you want to claim for the entire amount, visit the BC Small Claims Court (Provincial Court) for claims between $5,001 and $35,000 or the BC Supreme Court for claims above $35,000.
Remember that limitation periods may apply. A limitation period is how long you have to take action on your problem. If you think your limitation period might be running out, consider going to court or seeking legal advice.