Cashing a Government of Canada cheque: rights and responsibilities
Cashing your CERB or CESB cheque
The Government of Canada has temporarily increased the cheque-cashing limit to $2,000 for emergency benefits-related cheques to individuals.
- You can cash a Government of Canada cheque for free at any bank
- You can cash a Government of Canada cheque at a bank where you are not a customer, as long as:
- the cheque is for $1,500 or less, and
- you show acceptable identification
Government of Canada cheques are never considered stale-dated. This means that you can cash them no matter how old they are. However, a financial institution may first want to verify that the cheque is legitimate, by contacting the federal government’s Cheque Redemption and Control Directorate.
If you are having a problem cashing an old federal government cheque, you can send it to the Cheque Redemption and Control Directorate at the following address and ask to have it reissued with a current date:
Cheque Redemption and Control Directorate
P.O. Box 2000
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