Every province and territory in Canada licenses collection agencies. In every one of these jurisdictions a collection agency is defined as a firm that collects unpaid accounts owing to others.
In three provinces--British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario--the definition of collection agency has been broadened to include debt buyers.
The following jurisdictions permit online searches to confirm if a specific company is licensed in that jurisdiction as a collection agency.
Please note that on some, but not all, of these webpages, you may be asked to choose "collection agency" licenses from a drop down menu prior to searching a specific business name.
Is a collection agency licensed where you live?
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