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Can I cash a federal government cheque if it is more than six months old?
Yes. A government cheque is called a "Receiver General Warrant", which means an authorization for the payment of money by the Government of Canada.
According to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) — the government department responsible for issuing federal payments — a Receiver General Warrant is never out of date and can always be cashed. However, most institutions are reluctant to cash cheques that are more than six months old, since they are usually considered "staledated". If you are having a problem cashing an old federal government cheque, return it to PWGSC's Cheque Redemption Control Directorate and ask to have it reissued with a current date.