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How far back can you invoice a client?

By Jonathan MacKenzie |

Troy asked:

My employer has not invoiced a number of his clients formaterial and work completed five or six years ago. We would like to invoice them, butwe would like to know if we are still allowed to do so.

Jonathan MacKenzie answered:

A business may invoice anybody they want at any time they want. Actually enforcing payment of an invoice is a different story. The limitations period for civil actions in Canada is two years. This means that two years after the “cause of action” (the event that you want to sue for) took place you lose your right to sue the person. However, you may be able to sell old debts to collection agencies that would then pursue payment from the client. 


Disclaimer: This feedback is meant as general information only, it does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create a solicitor-client relationship between you and the author. The author does not accept any liability for your use of this information

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