The Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents is a financial protection plan administered by the Office de la protection du consommateur. It is complementary to the protection provided by travel insurance.

You benefit from this protection when you purchase services through a travel agency that holds a licence from the Office. If you deal directly with a service provider (carrier, hotel, cruise line, etc.), without going through a licensed travel agency, the Fund does not protect you.

You can check whether an agency holds a licence using the Getting information about a merchant search tool.

Purpose of the Fund

The Fund could reimburse or compensate you if you do not receive the services you have paid for as a result of: 

  • a provider not rendering them;
  • a travel agency closing its doors;
  • a natural disaster or a political crisis;
  • the issuance of an official advisory by the Government of Canada, after the services have been purchased, against any travel or non-essential  travel to the destination.

What if a service is not delivered, and this prevents you from receiving another service for which you have paid? You could also be reimbursed. In certain cases, you could be entitled to an additional reimbursement if a service is not rendered. You could apply for a reimbursement of reasonable costs paid to:

  • receive a service in replacement of a service that was not rendered;
  • meals or accommodations (a maximum of $200 per person is reimbursed).

To establish a reimbursement, the Office evaluates whether the amount claimed is reasonable. The fact that you cannot unjustifiably enrich yourself is taken into consideration, among other things. 

The Situations covered by the Fund page provides detailed information on this subject.

Customer contributions

The Fund is financed by contributions paid by customers when they enter into a contract with a Québec travel agent.

The amount of your contribution is a percentage (0.1%) of your purchase. For example, if you buy $1,000 in services, you will contribute $1 to the Fund. This contribution must be clearly indicated on the invoices or receipts that are given to you.

Reimbursement amounts

The Fund generally reimburses all amounts paid to a licensed travel agent for tourism services, if they have not been rendered. 

Furthermore, if you receive a reimbursement from a third party, such as an insurer or your credit card issuer, you are not entitled to a reimbursement from the Fund.

If, however, you only receive a partial reimbursement from this third party, you may claim the difference from the Fund. Example: You paid $1,000 for services that were not provided. You received a $400 reimbursement from your insurer. You can claim $600 from the Fund.

What is not covered by the Fund

Among other things, the Fund does not cover:

  • "non-tourism" goods or services (travel insurance, travel guides, luggage, etc.);
  • damages stemming from the non-delivery of services, such as vacation days lost, or lost wages caused by a cancelled flight, unless you were awarded an amount as part of a judgment received against your travel agent;
  • travel services you have received, but with which you are dissatisfied (e.g. a cruise whose meals were not up to the quality you had expected). For more information, refer to the Dissatisfaction with received services section.

Last update : August 1, 2018

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The information contained on this page is presented in simple terms to make it easier to understand. It does not replace the texts of the laws and regulations.