Pop Goes The News — Singer Justin Bieber, actor Elias Koteas, comedian Russell Peters and author Margaret Atwood are among the Canadians who have money sitting in the Bank of Canada.
When accounts at Canadian banks are inactive for a period of 10 years, the balances are transferred to the Bank of Canada, which holds on to the funds for 30 years (if less than $1,000) or 100 years (if more than $1,000). Claims for the cash can be made online.
At the end of last year, there were 1.7 million unclaimed balances worth around $626 million, according to the Bank of Canada.
Bieber has $5.74 unclaimed since 2003 from a CIBC in Stratford, Ont. The account was set up when he lived with his mother in the Kappele Circle Apartments. (The pop star can simply click here to claim the cash.)
Koteas, currently starring on Chicago P.D., left a balance of $13.02 in a TD Bank account in 1997.
A Royal Bank branch in Brampton transferred $63.11 from Peters’ account in 2000 after a decade of inactivity.
Atwood can claim $462.16 that she left in a Toronto RBC savings account in 1995.
Dean McDermott, who married Tori Spelling 2006, has $432.41 at the Bank of Canada from a TD Bank account inactive since 1989.
Woodstock, Ont. native Kevin Zegers, currently starring in Notorious, left $21.21 in a bank account in 2001.
Martin Short can claim $162.08 from a Scotiaback joint account he had with his late wife Nancy. It was transferred to the Bank of Canada in 2008.
Other Canadian stars with unclaimed funds include Megan Follows ($31.77) and Karine Vanasse ($46.34).
Classical guitarist Liona Boyd has $480.89 waiting for her.
There’s also a Kathleen Robertson with $11,124.08 unclaimed since 2000 — but it’s not known if it’s the former Ontario-born Beverly Hills, 90210 star.
And, according to the Bank of Canada, David Usher is entitled to $16.05 from a TD Bank account that was inactive since 1994 — but it’s not the singer.
This David Usher is an actor whose biggest role appears to have been in the 1998 Toronto-shot Mark Wahlberg flick The Big Hit.