FCA interprets “otherwise than in a province” for the purposes of determining whether the Federal limitation period applies

​In Canada (Attorney General) v. Liang, 2018 FCA 39, the Federal Court of Appeal clarified how to ascertain whether a claim arose “otherwise than in a province” for the purposes of determining whether the Federal limitation period applied. The issue was whether the limitation period of six years as set out in s. 39(2) of the Federal Courts Act, RSC 1985, c F-7 or the limitation period of two years as set out in s. 6(1) of British Columbia’s Limitation Act, SBC 2012, c 13 applied to the claim at issue.

Subsection 39(2) of the Federal Courts Act states as follows:

A proceeding in the Federal Court of Appeal or the Federal Court in respect of a cause of action arising otherwise than in a province shall be taken within six years after the cause of action arose.

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