The B.C. Law Institute Wants to Hear from You on Parentage and Public Hearings


October 2023

Do you have knowledge or experience that could be valuable for reforming the parentage provisions under part 3 of the Family Law Act or public hearings under the Local Government Act? Your comments will help inform BCLI’s next wave of consultations this fall. 

Two BCLI projects will enter consultations this fall: Review of Parentage under Part 3 of the Family Law Act and Renovate the Public Hearing Project: Pre-Development Public Engagement & Legal Reforms to Support Housing Supply. The consultation on parentage will consider whether part 3 of the Family Law Act equally addresses children born through natural or assisted reproduction, protects the best interests of children, and promotes family stability. BCLI’s consultation paper on public hearings will present possible options for improving public engagement on local-land-use bylaws, consider ways to better engage the public, streamline the public hearing process, and reduce both pre-development risk and barriers to housing.

Comments gathered from public consultations assist our project committees and staff in refining the final recommendations for each project. We look forward to your input. Please visit us at to learn more about these projects and we invite you to sign up for our newsletter too!