BCLI Blog

  • Strata corporations required to report material changes in insurance coverage to strata-lot owners

    31 August 2020 Earlier this month, an amendment to the Strata Property Act came into force, requiring strata corporations to “inform owners and tenants as soon as feasible of any material change in the strata corporation’s insurance coverage, including any increase in an insurance deductible.” This amendment implements one of the 11 recommendations found in BCLI’s Report on Insurance […]   Read More

  • Pension-division consultation closes in one month

    14 August 2020 BCLI’s public consultation on reforming pension division under part 6 of the Family Law Act will come to an end on 15 September 2020. You have one month to give your views on the Pension Division Review Project Committee’s 25 tentative recommendations to reform part 6, the Division of Pensions Regulation, and the prescribed forms. […]   Read More

  • Spotlight on pension division: administrative fees

    6 August 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

  • BCLI  Announces New Executive Director

    5 August 2020 The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Karen Campbell, effective September 8, 2020. Karen Campbell brings over 20 years of experience practicing public interest law in British Columbia – most of which has involved law reform and advocacy for strengthened legal tools. Her work has consistently […]   Read More

  • 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


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