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:

Recommendations have also been influential in amendments to the:

Many reports, study papers and resources are regularly referred to by practitioners and service providers, including:


Current projects include:


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.

For more information explore our website at and consider joining our mailing list, or follow us on twitter: @BCLawInstitute and @CCElderLaw.