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 identify the parties?

    No. The CRT is a neutral, independent decision-maker. We can’t provide legal advice or identify the parties for you.

    If you’re having trouble identifying parties, you may want to ask a trusted friend or family member for help. You can also hire a lawyer to help you, but they won’t be able to represent you unless the CRT gives you permission to have a representative.

    Learn more about helpers and representatives.

  • Person

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

    In the application form, you can also list other names the person goes by.

    Include the person’s address.

  • 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 resides 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

    Identify the strata corporation’s strata plan registration number assigned by the Land Title Office. It’s important to use the information provided by the Land Title Office, since that is the legal address. If you don’t use the legal address, a CRT decision may not be enforceable.

    Examples of strata plan registration numbers:

    • KAS 9876
    • LMS 1234

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

  • 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, a CRT decision may not be enforceable.

    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, a CRT decision may not be enforceable.

    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, a CRT decision may not be enforceable.