How can I identify the parties in my dispute?

See below for common types of parties and how to identify them. (This is not an exhaustive list — there may be more types, and different ways to identify them.)

  • Can the CRT help me find the legal name of a party?
  • Person

    Use the person’s legal first, middle and last names.

    If you don’t use their legal name, you might not be able to enforce a CRT decision or order made against them in your claim.

    In the application form, you could also list other names the person commonly uses. Their name would be shown in the claim and any CRT decisions as “Legal Name also known as Other Name”. For example, “Jane Doe also known as Jane Doe Smith.”

  • Child (under 19 years old)

    In addition to the information you normally include for a person, also include information about the child’s litigation guardian.

    If you don’t have any information about the child’s litigation guardian, include information about the person the child normally lives with.

  • Adult with impaired mental capacity

    In addition to the information you normally include for a person, also include any information you have about the person’s committee of estate, representative appointed under a representation agreement or attorney appointed under an enduring power of attorney.

  • Strata corporation or section

    A strata corporation’s legal name includes a registration number. This number is shown on the strata plan filed with BC Land Title and Survey.

    The strata plan will also show the legal address of the strata corporation at the time the strata plan was filed. A search of the general index at BC Land Title and Survey will include a filing if the legal address has been changed.

    It’s important to use the same information the strata registered with BC Land Title and Survey. If you don’t use the registered name and address, you might not be able to enforce a CRT decision or order against the strata.

    Examples of strata plan registration numbers:

    • K 9876
    • LMS 1234
    • 567

    The name of the strata corporation will be “The Owners, Strata Plan [the registration number of the strata plan]”.

    If the dispute involves a strata section, the name of the section can be found in the bylaws of the strata corporation.

    Examples of a legal name of a section:

    • “Section 1 of the Owners, Strata Plan [the registration number of the strata plan]”.
    • The Strata Property Act requires sections to be given a number, but sometimes, a strata corporation’s bylaws may identify a section in some other way such as “residential” or “commercial”. In this case, an example of the name of a section would be “Commercial Section of the Owners, Strata Plan [the registration number of the strata plan]”. If you don’t use the legal name, you might not be able to enforce a CRT decision or order made against them in your claim.

    You can search BC Land Title and Survey to find the legal address of a section. If no legal address was registered with them, you might have to serve CRT documents by another method.

  • Company or extraprovincial company as defined by the Business Corporations Act

    Identify the company by the name on record with the BC Corporate Registry.

    It’s important to use the info provided by the BC Corporate Registry, because that is the company’s legal address. If you don’t use the legal address, you might not be able to enforce a CRT decision or order made against them in your claim.

    Examples of company names:

    • ABC Ltd
    • ABC Inc
  • Sole proprietorship

    Identify the person who is the sole proprietor in the same way you ordinarily name a person.

    You may want to search the BC Corporate Registry to see if the business is registered.

  • Partnership

    Identify the partnership by its name.

    You may want to search the Corporate Registry to see if the partnership is registered.

    If the partnership is registered, it’s important to use the information provided by the Corporate Registry, since that is the legal address. If you don’t use the legal address, you might not be able to enforce a CRT decision or order made against them in your claim.

    It’s common practice to also name every partner as a separate party.

  • Society incorporated under the Societies Act

    Identify the society’s legal name on record with the BC Corporate Registry.

    It’s important to use the information provided by the BC Corporate Registry, since that is the society’s legal address. If you don’t use the legal address, you might not be able to enforce a CRT decision or order made against them in your claim.