BCLI Blog

  • BCLI Congratulates Charles Gordon and Mary Hamilton on Queen’s Counsel Appointment

    11 December 2018 British Columbia Law Institute congratulates two former project committee volunteers on  being appointed Queen’s counsel on December 10, 2018 – Russell Charles Gordon and Mary Bridget Hamilton.  Charles Gordon is a senior partner at Koskie Glavin Gordon, practising in the areas of labour, human rights and administrative law. Previously, he was an in-house labour counsel […]   Read More

  • BCLI releases Report on the Employment Standards Act

    10 December 2018 BCLI has released its Report on the Employment Standards Act.  The 300-page report contains 71 recommendations for changes to the Act to address contemporary and evolving circumstances in the 21st-century workplace.  The Employment Standards Act applies to the majority of employees in BC.  It sets minimum standards for most aspects of employment relationships except occupational […]   Read More

  • Insurance consultation for stratas closes in one week

    8 December 2018 There’s one week left for the consultation on insurance issues for stratas. You have until 15 December 2018 to get your response in and share your thoughts with the project committee on directors-and-officers insurance, mandatory coverage for earthquakes and overland floods, responsibility for strata-corporation deductibles, and the standard-unit concept. Copies of the Consultation Paper on […]   Read More

  • Have your say on common property, land titles, and fundamental changes for stratas

    7 December 2018 The British Columbia Law Institute is asking the public to share its views on proposals to reform three important aspects of how strata properties are defined as interests in land. With today’s publication of the Consultation Paper on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes people will have until 28 February 2019 to give BCLI […]   Read More

  • Increased fines for short-term accommodation strata bylaws in force today

    30 November 2018 Back in July the ministry of municipal affairs and housing announced that it was amending the Strata Property Regulation to address concerns about short-term accommodation. These amendments have come into force today. They replace the existing section 7.1 of the regulation with a new provision that includes a special category of maximum fines for “a bylaw […]   Read More

  • Using strata lot for short-term accommodation wasn’t a breach of strata’s residential-use, rental bylaws: BC Supreme Court

    28 November 2018 In Semmler v The Owners, Strata Plan NES3039, 2018 BCSC 2064, the Supreme Court of British Columbia found that a strata-lot owner’s use of her strata lot for short-term accommodation didn’t violate two strata-corporation bylaws, one of which forbade the use of a strata lot for “any business purpose” and the other of which stated […]   Read More

  • One month to go on consultation for insurance issues for stratas

    15 November 2018 There’s one month left for you to let BCLI know your views on insurance issues for stratas. The consultation on this topic is set to close on 12:00 midnight, Saturday, 15 December 2018. BCLI is running a public consultation based on its Consultation Paper on Insurance Issues for Stratas. The consultation paper contains 10 tentative […]   Read More

  • Spotlight on strata insurance: Should the Strata Property Act require a strata corporation to inform the owners and tenants as soon as feasible of any material change in insurance coverage?

    8 November 2018 BCLI is running a public consultation on insurance issues for stratas. It is asking for public input into its proposed changes to the Strata Property Act , Strata Property Regulation , and Schedule of Standard Bylaws. For information on how to participate in the consultation please visit the Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two webpage. This […]   Read More

  • Western Australia passes reforms to its strata-property legislation

    1 November 2018 The Government of Western Australia and Landgate have announced the passage of new strata-property legislation for the Australian state. The Strata Titles Amendment Bill 2018 (PDF) is the culmination of a lengthy reform process spearheaded by Landgate (Western Australia’s land-title authority). The bill’s explanatory memorandum (PDF) spells out the range of this legislation, which addresses an array […]   Read More

  • Consultation on insurance issues for stratas reaches halfway point

    31 October 2018 BCLI’s three-month consultation on insurance issues for stratas has reached its halfway point. The consultation period opened in September with the publication of the Consultation Paper on Insurance Issues for Stratas. BCLI developed this consultation paper with the assistance of an expert project committee (PDF). The consultation paper contains 10 tentative recommendations for reform of […]   Read More


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