Find out more about BCLI and CCEL and their past projects
Who is the BC Law Institute?
The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) is an independent non-partisan law reform agency. As functional successor to the Law Reform Commission of BC, the BCLI was established as a charity in 1997. BCLI’s mandate is to:
- promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs,
- promote the improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and
- promote and carry out scholarly legal research.
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) was established as a division of the BCLI in 2003. The CCEL’s work focuses on how the law applies and impacts older adults in Canada.
Over the past 21 years the BCLI and CCEL have completed over 45 reports and study papers and produced a number of resources on a wide range of legal topics. The reports and resource materials are referred to by policymakers, courts, lawyers, academics, service providers, and the public.
Recommendations from reports released over the last 15 years have led to the implementation of many reforms to the law including:
- the Wills Estates and Succession Law Act (2014),
- the new Societies Act (2016),
- amendments to the law governing Terminating a Strata (2016), and
- the Franchises Act (2017).
Recommendations have also been influential in amendments to the:
- Family Law Act (2013),
- Community Care and Assisted Living Act (2017) and
- Employment Standards Act (2019).
Many reports, study papers and resources are regularly referred to by practitioners and service providers, including:
- the report on rationalizing and harmonizing of BC Common-Law Tests of Capacity,
- the project on undue influence and recommended practices for Wills Practitioners,
- Questions and Answers about Pension Division on breakdown of a relationship in BC,
- Questions and Answers on the Builders Lien Act,
- A number of Resources on elder abuse and
- a Promising Practices Guide for Engaging Older Women in Community.
Current projects include:
- Builders Lien Reform Project,
- Pension Division Review Project,
- Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project,
- Health Care Consent, Aging and Dementia: Mapping Law and Practice in British Columbia,
- Inclusive Investing: Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable Investors through Supported Decision Making,
- The Canadian Elder Law conference (November 14-15 2019),
- Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making
- A “Study Paper on Capacity and Assessment Tribunals – Seeking a Model for BC.”
Our consultation processes continue to evolve in order to engage with the broader community as the legal issues facing society become more complex and inter-related.