Cheques issued by the Government of Alberta - Stale-dated Cheques
Cheques issued by the Alberta government are considered stale-dated six months after the issue date.
If you are in possession of a stale-dated government cheque and want to receive payment, you must contact the issuing ministry and ask that a new cheque be issued.
If you are a Financial Institution, in the event that stale-dated items are presented for payment, you should advise your clients to contact the issuing ministry to obtain a replacement cheque.
Six months is the industry standard and is reflected in the rules set out by the Canadian Payments Association.
By conforming to the widely recognized six-month standard, government is eliminating confusion for citizens and financial institutions and reducing the opportunity for fraud.
Six months is a reasonable amount of time for someone to cash a cheque, but the Government of Alberta recognizes there are always exceptions. Those people in possession of a stale-dated cheque can still receive payment by asking the issuing ministry to issue a new one.
If you wish to contact the issuing ministry, a list of financial administration phone numbers is available at http://alberta.ca/AdministrativeListings.cfm?PageID=Finance.
If you are not certain which Ministry issued the cheque, call our Payments Help Desk. Be sure to have the cheque handy when you call.
Cashing a stale-dated cheque could result in a charge-back for the financial institution.
If you are financial institution wishing to verify a cheque, or have questions related to stale-dated cheques, please contact our Payments Help Desk:
780-427-7481 (in Edmonton)
310-0000, followed by 780-427-7481 (toll free within Alberta)