BCLI Blog

  • A closer look at the Report on Pension Division: Locked-in retirement accounts and life income funds

    27 May 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act. For other posts in the series click here. Brief description of the issue Since the advent of the Family Law Act, case law has consistently held that locked-in retirement accounts […]   Read More

  • New BCLI publications call for reforms to the child protection framework and review of legislation on youth aging into the community

    25 May 2021 The British Columbia Law Institute has just published the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act and the Study Paper on Youth Aging into the Community. With these two publications the work of BCLI’s Child Protection Project Committee has drawn to a close. This committee met 19 times, considered 48 submissions in […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Pension Division: Private annuities

    13 May 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act. For other posts in the series click here. Brief description of the issue When the Family Law Act was enacted, a new provision was added to deal expressly, for the […]   Read More

  • “The Family Law Act does not adequately provide for polyamorous families in the context of parentage”: BC Supreme Court

    30 April 2021 In British Columbia Birth Registration No. 2018-XX-XX5815, 2021 BCSC 767, the BC Supreme Court considered the following situation: [8]         The petitioners have lived together in a committed polyamorous relationship since 2017. The petitioners are in a relationship known in the polyamory community as a “triad”. As the petitioners explain, to them this means that they each […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Pension Division: Disability benefits

    29 April 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act. For other posts in the series click here. Brief description of the issue This issue is concerned with the application of section 122 to a specific fact pattern, which is […]   Read More

  • Justice Canada to bring back the Law Commission of Canada

    20 April 2021 The BCLI is delighted with the announcement in yesterday’s budget that the federal government will be reviving the Law Commission of Canada. We have been pleased to work with our colleagues in other provincial jurisdictions as part of the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada (FOLRAC), and it will be a real boost to […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Pension Division: Death of a spouse

    15 April 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting key recommendations in the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act. For other posts in the series click here. Brief description of the issue Even though general provisions of family law and wills-and-estates law address the powers of a personal […]   Read More

  • Quick facts about the Pension Division Review Project

    7 April 2021 Project overview term: 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2021 12 project committee members 14 project committee meetings (2 hours per meeting) 25 recommendations for reform Publications one final report one consultation paper 6 backgrounders 3 media releases 28 blog posts (23 during project term) Public engagement 12 written consultation responses one special consultation meeting […]   Read More

  • BCLI recommends pension division reforms

    23 March 2021 BCLI has just published the Report on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act, which calls for reforms to how pensions are divided between separating spouses. The report is the culmination of more than two years’ work by BCLI’s Pension Division Review Project Committee, which since 2019 has been examining […]   Read More

  • CBABC endorses BCLI, CCEL reports in Agenda for Justice 2021

    17 February 2021 In its just-published Agenda for Justice 2021, the Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia Branch) has endorsed four reports of the BC Law Institute and its division, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, for priority legislative action. The reports are: Report on Proposals for Unfair Contracts Relief (BCLI rep. no. 60, 2011); Report on Proposals for a New […]   Read More


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