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    Prince Edward Island

The Prince Edward Island Personal Property Registry (PPR) provides access to register and search personal property security notices.

If you want full access to PPRS you will need to sign up for an ACOL client account. An account will provide you with one or more user IDs and passwords in order to login to PPRS. You can use an account to access the Prince Edward Island PPR and all other ACOL PPRS jurisdictions.

If you do not have an account, you have two options:

  1. Use the Lien Check Service. Lien Check supports serial number searching only and requires a valid credit card.
  2. Pay a value-added service provider to access the PPR for you: find a value-added service provider to help you.

Computer workstations with access to the Lien Check Service and for login with your ACOL account are located at the three court house registries:

Sir Louis Henry Davies Law Courts Building
42 Water Street
Charlottetown, PEI

Law Courts Building
108 Central Street
Summerside, PEI

Provincial Court Building
60 Kent Street
Georgetown, PEI

Registry staff are available for assistance and support, but are prohibited by legislation from entering or searching information in the system on behalf of the client.

For assistance and support when using these terminals, contact the ACOL Client Support Centre.

For all matters pertaining to ACOL PPRS please contact the Client Support Centre (CSC).  When required, CSC staff will refer your questions or concerns to an appropriate government contact person.

Government department or agency responsible for Prince Edward Island PPR:
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Legal and Court Services
Government PPR website:Prince Edward Island government PPR website
Contact information:Department of Justice and Public Safety contact page
PPR Product Description:Prince Edward Island PPR Product Description
The PPR Product Description is included by reference within the Terms and Conditions for access to ACOL PPRS. In addition to formally describing the service, it includes sections on Access Conditions, Limitation, Indemnity and Disclaimer.

The Prince Edward Island Personal Property Security Act, S.P.E.I. 1997, Cap. 33, was passed in the Legislative Assembly and given royal assent in May 1997. Subsequently, an Act to Amend the Personal Property Security Act, Cap. 67, was assented to December 24, 1997. The Act became effective on April 27, 1998.

The links below will take you to copies of the Act and Regulations on the Prince Edward Island website:

Amended Acts

  • Evidence Act
  • Factors Act
  • Family Law Act
  • Garage Keepers' Lien Act
  • Interpretation Act
  • Judgment and Execution Act
  • Registry Act
  • Sale of Goods Act
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Tourism Industry Act
  • Warehousemen's Lien Act

Repealed Acts

  • Assignment of Book Debts Act
  • Bills of Sale Act
  • Bulk Sales Act
  • Conditional Sales Act
  • Corporation Securities Registration Act
  • Personal Property Security Act 1990 Cap. 42
  • Potato Crop Mortgage Act (1988)

Publications

To order the printed official final version of the Personal Property Security Act and its Amendments, contact:

Island Information Service
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7N8

11 Kent Street
Basement, Jones Building
Charlottetown, PE

phone 902-368-4000
fax 902-368-5544
e-mail island@gov.pe.ca

Transition Period

The Prince Edward Island transition period ended 26 April 2001. The deemed perfection of security interests created under prior security law expired as of 26 April 2001 unless they had been continued via a registration of a PPSA Financing Statement.

Please see the bulletin titled <“PPR Transition Period Searches”> on this web site for more information.

The following fees are specified in detail in Regulations (Part VIII) made pursuant to the Personal Property Security Act.

 Period/InstanceAmount
Registrations1 - 25 yearsinitial fee$26.00
plus for each year of the period$9.00 per year
Infinity$500.00
Renew a registration1 - 25 yearseach year of the period$7.00
Infinity$500.00
Discharge a registration$10.00
Re-register a registration under subsection 35(6) PPSANo fee
Amend a registration$10.00
Effect a global change of multiple registrations$500.00
Search the registry$10.00 per search

Effective date: 1 July 2016

For all PPRS-related news go to the PPRS News page.

For client application and account management forms go to ACOL PPRS Information Kit files.

PublicationDescription
Prince Edward Island PPR Information GuideA three-page introduction to the service suitable for printing.
PEI PPR Newsletter 1 - Jan 1998First of three newsletters published in 1998 by Prince Edward Island when enacting the Personal Property Security Act and becoming available via ACOL PPRS.
PEI PPR Newsletter 2 - Feb 1998Second of three newsletters.
PEI PPR Newsletter 3 - Mar 1998Third of three newsletters.
Atlantic Personal Property Newsletter - Oct 2001A newsletter jointly published by the four Atlantic Provinces in 2001 including additional guidance and suggestions for ACOL PPRS users.
Prince Edward Island government PPR websiteGovernment website that may contain additional news and information.
Understanding your Lien Check Search Result ReportA two-page description to help you better understand your Lien Check search result report.

 

People registering or searching in the Personal Property Registry may also have need to access one of the following other property-related registries.

General Description of the Registry

Registry Link (opens in a new tab)

Land Registry descriptionPrince Edward Island Registry of Deeds
Motor Vehicle Registry descriptionPrince Edward Island Registry of Motor Vehicles
Corporate Registry descriptionPrince Edward Island Corporate Registry

 

Land Registry description

Real property registries are provincial and territorial systems with names like Land Registry, Land Registration System, Land Title System, and Registry of Deeds.  These systems record the current and past owners of the land, including transfers of ownership.  These systems also record interests in land such as mortgages and judgments.

There are personal property security interests which must be registered in both the land registry and the Personal Property Registry, for example: crops and fixtures (such as structures temporarily attached to land).

Unlike the land registry, PPRS does not provide definitive information about the ownership of property.  A “security interest” is not the same as ownership.

 

Motor Vehicle Registry description

Motor vehicle registries are provincial and territorial systems that record vehicle ownership and operator licensing information.

Motor vehicle registries are very important tools for determining where in Canada a vehicle is located (registered).  When a debtor or collateral move from one jurisdiction to another, it may be necessary for an additional PPRS registration to be created in the new jurisdiction.

Unlike motor vehicle registries, Personal Property Registries do not define the ownership of the motor vehicle.  A “security interest” is not the same as ownership.  For example, the person (debtor) listed in the registration may have been a co-signor on a loan or may have already sold the vehicle.

In the United States, motor vehicle registries also record liens as part of a vehicle “title”.  As a result, some people from the USA will approach the motor vehicle registry instead of the Personal Property Registry for information about security interests.  This is not applicable in Canada.

 

Corporate Registry description

Corporate registries are provincial and territorial systems that record the legal name and key pertinent information for corporate entities.  Registries may also include other entities such as registered partnerships, associations, syndicates and joint ventures.

Accurate names are very important in PPRS.  When a debtor or secured party is a corporation, the corporate registry is a definitive source for an accurate name.

In some jurisdictions around the world, the corporate or company registry is also a place to record “charges” against a company’s assets. This is not applicable in Canada.  Instead, if pertaining to personal property, such “charges” would be registered as security interests in the Personal Property Registry.