Statements limiting responsibility (aka waivers)

What are my rights?

If a sign at the top of a ski hill limits the ski resort's liability, I have no legal claim against the resort if I get hurt.
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  • Maybe
  • No

“You assume all risks, even if arising from our negligence."

You may have seen a statement like this when taking part in an activity. It is an attempt to limit legal responsibility. It is often called a waiver of liability or a release. Such statements are not always enforceable, even if they are in a contract or on a clearly visible sign. Here are key things to know about statements limiting liability, aka waivers. 

What you should know

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in April 2020
  • Time to read: 5 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Dean Davison, Davison North Law and Dale R. North, Davison Law Group

Dean Davison
Dale R. North

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