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New Brunswick seeks feedback on proposals for enduring powers of attorney legislation

The Legislative Services Branch (LSB) of the Office of the Attorney General (New Brunswick) is currently working on proposals for powers of attorney legislation. The LSB released Law Reform Notes #40 in December 2017 and Law Reform Notes #41 in May 2018. Both issues of the notes discuss the LSB’s proposals for powers of attorney […]  Read More

New Brunswick seeks feedback on Mechanics’ Lien Act reform proposals

In May 2018, the Legislative Services Branch (LSB) of the Office of the Attorney General (New Brunswick) released Law Reform Notes #41. These notes consider potential reforms to New Brunswick’s Mechanics’ Lien Act (“the Act”) – a topic initially addressed in Law Reform Notes #40, released in December 2017. The LSB is now seeking feedback […]  Read More

Law Reform Needs in BC

The BCLI and CCEL are asking for public and stakeholder input on current and emerging law reform needs in BC. We want to hear the public’s thoughts on why our current law is not meeting their needs or the needs of their clients or those they serve. What are the problems with legislation that, if […]  Read More

BCLI Issues Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act

BCLI has issued a Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act to gather input from stakeholders and the public at large on detailed proposals for changes to the 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 […]  Read More

BC ministry of social development and poverty reduction launches consultation on accessibility through legislation

The ministry of social development and poverty reduction has just opened a consultation on proposed legislation to enhance accessibility for people with disabilities. According to the ministry’s news release, the consultation will “help define future legislation that will make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province.” Concurrent with the opening of the consultation, the ministry […]  Read More

Last week to have your say in ministry’s Societies Act consultation

The ministry of finance’s consultation on amendments to the Societies Act is coming to a close on Friday, 23 August 2019. So this is the last week to give your feedback on 36 proposed amendments to the Societies Act. More information on the consultation and on how to give a response is available on the Societies Act […]  Read More

First Canadian Seniors’ Complaints Report: OBSI

On July 18, 2019, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) issued its first 2019 Seniors Report. Survey data gathered between 2017 and 2018 from over 1,400 case files highlights some of the unique challenges faced by seniors when accessing financial services and products. According to its news release, “Older Canadians experience different challenges […]  Read More

Elder Abuse Response Presentation at the Canadian Elder Law Conference: Interview with Laura Tamblyn Watts

This post is part of a series highlighting key themes and presenters from the 2019 Elder Law Conference. To see the other posts in the series, click here   Introduction We are so excited that Laura Tamblyn Watts, the Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons), will be presenting at the 2019 Canadian Elder Law Conference. CARP will […]  Read More

New Accessing Law and Justice Project Aims to Redefine the Practice and Delivery of Legal Services in Quebec

The Quebec Accessing Law and Justice Project (ADAJ) has launched a new project, known as Hub23, to develop innovative practice and billing models for legal services in the province. Led by ADAJ founder, Professor Pierre Noreau (l’Université de Montréal), and Julie Paquin, associate professor (University of Ottawa’s civil law section), the Hub23 project aims to […]  Read More

Current Consultations

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) solicit public comment on their work as part of the law reform and research process. Public consultations take a variety of formats depending on the subject, project objectives, timelines and funding. Public feedback is often requested on a consultative document that […]  Read More

Current Consultations

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) solicit public comment on their work as part of the law reform and research process. Public consultations take a variety of formats depending on the subject, project objectives, timelines and funding. Public feedback is often requested on a consultative document that […]  Read More

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

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

Final Thoughts and Farewell

Today is the last day of my work term with the BCLI and the CCEL. As I wrap up my last few assignments, I take a moment to reflect on the last four months. My time at the BCLI/CCEL was a well-rounded learning experience. I engaged in varied work throughout my term. I got a […]  Read More

Alberta Law Reform Institute Update: Final Report on Property Division

On June 27th 2018, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) released Final Report 112, Property Division: Common-law Couples and Adult Interdependent Partners. Before the release of the final report, ALRI engaged in an “intensive” consultative process, which involved: conducting public opinion research on common law relationships and expectations for property division; roundtable discussions with family […]  Read More

Tasmania Law Reform Institute Releases Final Report on Recidivist Drink Drivers

On April 17th 2018, the Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) released its final report, Responding to the Problem of Recidivist Drink Drivers – Final Report # 24. The report follows the TLRI’s release of its issues paper, Responding to the Problem of Recidivist Drink Drivers – Issues Paper # 23. The TLRI’s issues paper received […]  Read More

CRT Roundup—finances, bylaw enforcement, governance, and more

This post is part of a monthly series summarizing the Civil Resolution Tribunal’s strata-property decisions. There have been 29 new decisions since the last post. Sections and types—types—availability—geothermal heating Schultz v The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 3313, 2018 BCCRT 148, involved a dispute over “certain utility expenses [the applicant strata-lot owners] say they should not have to […]  Read More

Manitoba Law Reform Commission Releases Consultation Report on Beneficiary Designations

On April 10th, the Manitoba Law Reform Commission (MLRC) released its Consultation Report, The Beneficiary Designation Act (Retirement, Savings, and Other Plans). The  report  “considers possible amendments to improve the legislation and procedure related to beneficiary designations in Manitoba.” The MLRC report notes a gap in The Beneficiary Designation Act (“the Act”) with respect to […]  Read More

The Financing Litigation Legal Research Project: Alternative Methods of Improving Access to Justice

BCLI’s Study Paper on Financing Litigation reviews six financing models that emerged both in Canada and internationally for how people pay for litigation. It also identifies 18 opportunities and ideas to consider for structural, systemic or legal change to enhance the use of each financing option in British Columbia. Throughout the consultation phase of the […]  Read More

The Financing Litigation Series: Publicly Funded Litigation Funds

This is the final blog post in a six-part series showcasing each of the six financing models explored in the Study Paper on Financing Litigation (PDF), published on October 4, 2017, and recent developments. To read other posts in the series click here. Publicly funded litigation funds are self-sustained and offer litigants access to ongoing and […]  Read More

BCLI’s Study Paper on Financing Litigation Featured in The Lawyer’s Daily

The BCLI is pleased to have the Study Paper on Financing Litigation (PDF) featured in an article by The Lawyer’s Daily, drawing both attention to the publication and raising awareness and discussion on this important topic. The overarching goal of the BCLI’s Financing Litigation Legal Research Project was to examine how litigants pay for litigation […]  Read More

Alberta: Update on new condominium legislation and new survey

Earlier this month, Service Alberta made an announcement on the implementation of reforms to the province’s Condominium Property Act. The Condominium Property Amendment Act (PDF) passed the legislature in December 2014, but its coming into force has been contingent on the development of supporting regulations. Service Alberta will be taking a staged approach to implementing […]  Read More

Final Reflections on My Summer with BCLI and CCEL

As I wrap up some of the final items on my task list today, I’ve been reflecting on my summer and how much I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with the BCLI and CCEL team. My initial thought: “what a terrific opportunity this has been for me!” I’ve always been interested in law reform. I […]  Read More

Undue Influence and Will-Making

This series examines and compares recommendations made in several BCLI reports and those made by the Law Commission of England and Wales. To read the other posts in the series click here. Undue influence can be defined as a situation where a person is pressured to perform a legal act, and where that person does not truly […]  Read More

Making Wills Half a World Over: Part One of the Wills Series

This series examines and compares recommendations made in several BCLI reports and those made by the Law Commission of England and Wales. To read the other posts in the series click here. On July 13 2017, the Law Commission of England and Wales published its new Consultation Paper as part of its Wills Project. The publication, […]  Read More

The Law Society of Upper Canada Releases Report with Proposed Amendments to the Rules on Contingency Fee Agreements

On June 29, 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) released its Professional Regulation Committee Report to Convocation, which contains the interim report of The Advertising & Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group (“Working Group”) on proposed amendments to Ontario’s contingency fee system.  The topic of how contingency fee agreements function as a model to […]  Read More

Protecting Older Investors: A Joint Project of FAIR Canada and the CCEL

Canada is in the midst of a huge demographic shift. By 2024, people aged 65 and over will account for 20 percent of the country’s population. This has significant policy implications, from infrastructure needs to health care and community services. People don’t often think about the investment industry as being impacted, but the reality is […]  Read More

Canadian Bar Association Releases Child Rights Toolkit

On May 11, 2017, at the start of the two-day CLEBC “Access to Justice for Children Conference: Child Rights in Action,” the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) introduced its new online Child Rights Toolkit. Developed by over 30 legal professionals across the country, the Toolkit is an educational and practice resource for judges, lawyers and advocates […]  Read More

Financing Litigation Legal Research Project – 2017 Update

A great deal has happened with the BCLI’s Financing Litigation Legal Research Project since the last update in February 2016.  A series of consultation sessions were held with experts to gather information, feedback and advice on the BCLI’s proposed topics of discussion.  One-on-one interviews were also conducted with individuals who shared their knowledge and experiences […]  Read More

It’s Make-a-Will Week

9–15 April 2017 is Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Make-a-Will Week recognizes the importance of a will in providing for people, charities, and organizations that you care about. It is also meant “to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.” The Government of British Columbia has more information on Make-a-Will […]  Read More

The Alberta Law Reform Institute Recommends Abolishing Perpetuities Law

On March 21, 2017, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) published its report  Abolition of Perpetuities Law. In the report, the ALRI recommends that Alberta follow Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan in abolishing the rule against perpetuities. The Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) also recommended abolishing perpetuities law in its 2012 Uniform Trustee Act. […]  Read More

Changes coming to Civil Resolution Tribunal and Small Claims Court

On March 20th 2017, the Government of British Columbia announced two changes that will have an impact on how small claims disputes are resolved in the province. In June, the Provincial Court’s jurisdiction for small claims cases will increase from disputes up to $25,000 to disputes up to $35,000. This change is accompanied by the […]  Read More

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project launches a Legal Coaching Project

In January 2017, the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) launched a new legal coaching project. NSRLP Research Fellow Nikki Gershbain will lead the initiative, which was made possible by a fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario. With this project, the NSRLP will continue to build on their 2013 National Study, which highlighted the lack […]  Read More

An Update on the Civil Resolution Tribunal

While the BCLI is working on projects to reform the Strata Property Act and to identify opportunities for financing litigation, the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) continues to implement new programs that will bring changes in both areas. The CRT has been handling strata property disputes since last year. Last month, in a presentation to the […]  Read More

Ontario publishes draft condominium regulations

24 February 2017 Update: The text of the draft regulation under the Condominium Act, 1998, is now available (PDF). In December 2015, Ontario enacted the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PDF), a statute containing sweeping reforms for Ontario’s condominium sector. While the act isn’t yet in force, it has moved closer to that goal with the appearance […]  Read More

BCLI named Clicklaw organization of the month

Clicklaw is a leading source of legal information, education, and help for British Columbians. Drawing on resources from over 25 contributors made up of legal organizations in British Columbia, Clicklaw boasts a wealth of information designed to help British Columbians solve legal problems, find legal help, research the law, and learn about law reform. BCLI is pleased to […]  Read More

Alberta Lawyers Set to Launch New Project Promoting Limited Scope Legal Services

In March 2017, a team of Alberta lawyers, in partnership with the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, will launch The Alberta Limited Legal Services Project.  Funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, the aim of the 18-month project is to research and report on the impact of lawyers providing limited scope legal […]  Read More

Strata Property Law Project: 2016 year-end update

2016 saw significant progress made on BCLI’s Strata Property Law Project—Phase Two. One major publication was released, the Consultation Paper on Complex Stratas (PDF). The project committee also made noteworthy progress on its examination of selected governance, common-property, and land-title issues. Three new members joined the project committee. BCLI received two visits from international scholars […]  Read More

Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan Issues Consultation Paper on The Intestate Succession Act, 1996

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan recently issued a consultation paper on The Intestate Succession Act, 1996. The Act determines how an estate is divided in Saskatchewan when there is no valid will, or if there is a portion of an estate left after the will is applied. Just over half of Canadian adults do […]  Read More

Draft rules for Civil Resolution Tribunal available for public comment

British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal is seeking feedback on its draft rules of procedure (PDF). As the tribunal explains, The rules will spell out how the CRT’s processes will work. When they’re ready, the CRT Rules will also include the Tribunal’s forms and a list of the Tribunal’s fees. Although the draft rules are intended to be […]  Read More

Ontario Superior Court considers cost sharing and responsibility for repairs in a mixed-use strata

In Middlesex Condominium Corp No 195 v Sunbelt, 2016 ONSC 1528, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice examined three issues that have raised concerns in British Columbia strata-property law as well. These issues are: (1) allocation of common expenses between commercial and residential strata lots in a mixed-use strata; (2) application of the Limitation Act […]  Read More

Major changes coming to Ontario condominium law

2015 was something of a high-water mark for reforms to strata-property law. Both British Columbia and New South Wales passed major amendments to their governing legislation. Ontario, too, passed a landmark amending act late last year. On 3 December 2015, the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015 (PDF) received royal assent. The act had its genesis in a three-stage […]  Read More

BCLI and CCEL are now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

It's official!BCLI and CCEL are now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow us to keep up with the latest news on law reform and elder law in Canada. It’s also a great opportunity to get in touch. If you want to weigh in on a current consultation, ask for a status update on one of our ongoing projects, or even just to stop by and say hello, send us a tweet or post on our wall. We’d love to hear from you.  Read More

Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange 2012

Join us at the NICE Knowledge Exchange – May 24th, Hart House, University of Toronto – for a stimulating day featuring an exceptional program of experts in knowledge exchange in the field of aging.KEYNOTE ADDRESS:Dr. Marion McMurdo - Physical Activity in Later Years: an Exercise in Common Sense INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS:Adverse Drug Reactions & Older Adults with Dr. Patricia Keys Early-Onset Dementia - the Experience of Family Caregivers with Adriana Shnall  Read More

CHAPTER FIVE – Indirect Compensation of Caregivers through the Tax System

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CHAPTER THREE – Employment Leave for Family Caregiving

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CHAPTER TWO – Family Caregiving in BC

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Student Opportunities and Resources at the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)

The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2010-2011 NICE Student Mentorship Program and a Facebook page for students, featuring a Career and Educational Resource Directory.2010-2011 Student Mentorship Program: NICE is now accepting applications for the Program. For more information, please visit the NICE website and click on the "Students" tab.  Read More

New Blog on Ministry of Finance Society Act Consultation

As the deadline for submissions to the Ministry of Finance's Society Act consultation approaches, a new blog has been created to give people an opportunity to voice their thoughts and feedback on the proposed changes to the Act. The blog is part of a collaborative effort led by the United Community Services Co-op to raise awareness about reform of the Society Act, to pool resources and materials, and to provide a platform for further discussion. You can check out the blog here.   Read More

FOLRAC Symposium a Success

The BCLI recently organized and hosted The Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada (FOLRAC) biennial Symposium at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, British Columbia. The theme of the Symposium this year was Law Reform: Continuing Improvement in Canadian Law Reform.   Read More

Assisted Living in Canada: Nationwide Consultation Underway

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is looking for comments on its recently published discussion paper, Assisted Living in Canada: Past, Present and Future Trends. To send your feedback, e-mail us at   Read More


Distinguished Fellows Hon. Marion Allan Hon. Flora MacDonald, O.C. Allan Bogutz Saara Chetner Prof. Kim Dayton Dr. Peter Donohue Dr. Israel (issi) Doron Sue Field Dr. Elaine Gallagher Jan Goddard  Read More

About BCLI

Overview The British Columbia Law Institute was created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act. The broad purposes of the Institute, described in Article 2 of its Constitution, are to:  Read More

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