BCLI Blog

  • Spotlight on pension division: LIRAs and LIFs

    16 July 2020 BCLI is running a public consultation (closing date: 15 September 2020) on pension division. It is asking for public input into its proposed changes to part 6 of the Family Law Act and the Division of Pensions Regulation. For information on how to participate in the consultation please visit the Pension Division Review Project webpage. This […]   Read More

  • Pension division consultation reaches its halfway point

    15 July 2020 BCLI’s public consultation on reform of pension division under part 6 of the Family Law Act is halfway complete. But there is still some time to provide the Pension Division Review Project Committee with your views on its tentative recommendations for reform. The committee has considered reforms relating to transitional provisions, private annuities, and disability […]   Read More

  • BCLI issues report on the Builders Lien Act

    7 July 2020 BCLI has issued a new report containing 86 recommendations for reform of the Builders Lien Act. The Builders Lien Act is a major cornerstone of construction law. It gives contractors, material suppliers, and workers several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied to a building site, most notably a lien on […]   Read More

  • British Columbia amends the Strata Property Act to tackle insurance concerns

    26 June 2020 With a bill introduced in the legislative assembly earlier this week, the British Columbia government is proposing amendments to the Strata Property Act to address concerns over the cost and availability of insurance for strata corporations. Bill 14 proposes a series of amendments that touch on depreciation reports, disclosure, the scope of mandated insurance coverage, […]   Read More

  • Spotlight on pension division: private annuities

    25 June 2020 BCLI is running a public consultation (closing date: 15 September 2020) on pension division. It is asking for public input into its proposed changes to part 6 of the Family Law Act and the Division of Pensions Regulation. For information on how to participate in the consultation please visit the Pension Division Review Project webpage. This […]   Read More

  • Amendments to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act enable electronic wills and electronic witnessing of wills

    23 June 2020 With a bill introduced into the legislative assembly on Monday, the BC government is proposing two changes to the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. First, the bill’s amendments will make permanent the changes on remote witnessing of wills that were enabled by a recent ministerial order. As a government news release explains, The changes will […]   Read More

  • Federal government delays implementation of Divorce Act amendments

    5 June 2020 Citing “extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the federal department of justice announced today that it is delaying the implementation of significant amendments to the Divorce Act. Bill C-78 was slated to come into force on 1 July 2020, but with today’s announcement “the coming into force date has been deferred until March 1, […]   Read More

  • Spotlight on pension division: transitional provisions

    4 June 2020 BCLI is running a public consultation (closing date: 15 September 2020) on pension division. It is asking for public input into its proposed changes to part 6 of the Family Law Act and the Division of Pensions Regulation. For information on how to participate in the consultation please visit the Pension Division Review Project webpage. This post […]   Read More

  • Ministerial orders allow electronic witnessing of wills and personal-planning documents in British Columbia

    2 June 2020 In a pair of ministerial orders dated 19 May 2020, the government of British Columbia has enabled electronic witnessing of wills, enduring powers of attorney, and representation agreements. The ministerial orders are temporary; they are set to expire when the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency ends. The government explained the rationale for the orders in […]   Read More

  • Strata Property Regulation amendments address insurance, general meetings during a state of emergency

    1 June 2020 Recent amendments (PDF) to the Strata Property Regulation are intended to address two pressing concerns for strata corporations: (1) paying for insurance in the face of a sharp rise in insurance premiums and (2) dealing with general meetings during a state of emergency. The first amendment sets out a definition of “prevent significant loss” for […]   Read More


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