0034 - Debt Related Queston: Bankruptcy Question # 0034

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When a person declares bankruptcy, are all of their possessions confiscated and sold?


Under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, a person’s possessions are exempt from seizure and sale in the following amounts:

  • Household Goods - $4,000
  • Motor Vehicle - $5,000
  • Tools of the Trade - $10,000
  • Equity in a Primary Residence - $12,000 in the GVRD and $9,000 outside this district
The person’s possessions are valued at a “garage sale” or “bailiff” pricing and are therefore, generally under the value amount allowed.