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A Trip Completion Claim is a claim for reasonable expenses incurred to complete a trip where a customer or another person has begun a trip that cannot be completed because travel services have not been provided as the result of the failure of an Ontario registered travel agency or an Ontario registered travel wholesaler (tour operator).  The following conditions apply:

  1. You must have purchased your travel services from an Ontario registered travel agency. Whether your travel purchase was in person, over the telephone and/or over the Internet, always ensure the company you purchase your travel services from is registered with TICO.

     
  2. You have not received the travel services purchased due to the bankruptcy or insolvency of either:
    • An Ontario registered travel retailer (travel agency)
    • An Ontario registered travel wholesaler (tour operator)
       
  3. You commenced your travel prior to the closure/failure of the Ontario registered travel retailer or travel wholesaler and  were unable to receive the travel services purchased to complete your travel plans and have incurred reasonable expenses in destination (transportation, accommodation and meals) to complete your trip.
     

** NOTE:    Trip Completion Claims are not eligible when the non-provision of travel services is due to the closure/failure of an airline or cruise line.  The claim filing deadline for a Trip Completion Claim is six months from the date of the failure.

Useful Information about Trip Completion Claims

 Trip Completion Claims Against the Compensation Fund:

The provisions under Ontario Regulation 26/05 which regulate payments from Ontario's Travel Industry Compensation Fund has always included the ability to allow the repatriation of consumers, however, the authority to make such payments was at the discretion of the Statutory Director under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002.  

Effective July 1, 2010, claims may be filed against the Compensation Fund to provide reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred (transportation, accommodation and meals) to complete a trip where the travel services have not been provided as the result of the closure of a TICO registered travel retailer or a TICO registered travel wholesaler. Provided that the consumer purchased their original travel services from an Ontario registered travel retailer, trip completion claims may be eligible when the consumer's travel services commenced prior to the failure of the TICO registrant and the consumer is in destination and unable to receive the travel services purchased to complete their travel plans. It should be noted that an individual is not eligible to be reimbursed if he or she was notified that the Statutory Director has made alternate travel arrangements to repatriate him or her (pursuant to Section 69 of the Regulation) and the individual did not take advantage of those travel services arranged though it was possible to do so. 

Reimbursement of Consumer for Trip Completion:

Section 57.1(1) of the Regulation allows a consumer to make a claim on the Compensation Fund for reasonable expenses incurred to complete a trip where travel services have not been provided as the result of the failure of a TICO registered travel retailer or travel wholesaler.

In order to be eligible for compensation from the Compensation Fund, the customer must have booked through a registered Ontario travel agent and paid money to or through the travel agent.

What is covered for a Trip Completion Claim? 

A consumer may only claim for the following reasonable expenses related to trip completion:

What is NOT covered for a Trip Completion Claim? 

An individual must make every reasonable effort to obtain services comparable to those originally purchased. Expenses may not be covered if there has been unreasonable upgrading of services. 

A claimant is not entitled to be reimbursed for the following: 

Claim Filing Deadline 

Trip Completion claims must be filed within 6 months after the relevant TICO registered travel retailer or TICO registered travel wholesaler becomes bankrupt or insolvent or ceases to carry on business.  

Maximum Legislated Claim Amount 

Payments from the Compensation Fund are limited to the legislated maximum of $5,000 per person. 


Maximum Legislated Amount for Payments per Event

The maximum amount that may be paid from the Compensation Fund for eligible claims arising out of an event (i.e. as a result of a failure of an Ontario travel retailer, Ontario travel wholesaler, airline or cruise line) is $ 7 million as follows:


Pro-rated Payment of Claims

 Should the $2 million maximum not be sufficient for the trip completion payments required in the case of a particular event, TICO may make additional payments from the Compensation Fund for trip completion (repatriation) that shall not exceed the $5 million maximum reserved for standard claims as a result of the same event.

Therefore, should the total value of claims surpass the legislated maximum payment from the Compensation Fund, it will be necessary to pro-rate the payment for eligible claims.

Appeal Process 

In the event that the Board of Directors denies a claim, claimants are advised that they have the right to appeal the Board’s decision and request a hearing before the Licence Appeal Tribunal. You will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision. Section 71 of Ontario Regulation 26/05 entitles you to a hearing by the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) with respect to the ineligible amount. Instructions on how to file an appeal with LAT is provided to claimants with TICO’s written notice of the Board’s decision. There is a $100.00 fee payable to the Minister of Finance that must accompany your notice of appeal.