The Law Foundation of BC Update | December 2021


December 2021

The Law Foundation of BC’s 2020 Annual Report is Now Available Online.

Please note that due to a printing error the print version of the Annual Report contains an error in the Financial Highlights on page 34. The narrative description of the Foundation’s expenditures was correct, but the bar chart labelled “Expenses” should have reported the Foundation’s total grants and expenditures as $32,856,993 (incorrectly printed as $32,856,990), including total grants approved of $30,282,532 (incorrectly printed as $32,282,529). We apologize for this unfortunate error. The digital copy that was distributed electronically did not contain this error.

You can find the correct digital copy of the Annual Report online at the Law Foundation of BC’s website.

Abbotsford Courthouse and CLBC’s 30th Location

In September 2021, Courthouse Libraries BC (“CLBC”) opened its 30th location in the Abbotsford Courthouse — the first entirely new courthouse built in BC in almost 20 years. The project was funded by the Law Foundation of BC and the Law Society of BC, with facilities support from the BC Ministry of Attorney General.

Although COVID put a damper on opening-party plans, fulltime local librarian Harman Arora has been actively engaging with the local courthouse community, local Bars and public libraries to spread the word about this valuable new resource available to the people of Abbotsford and area. She has also been assisting local and visiting lawyers during regular weekday hours, as well as members of the public by appointment. The library’s three public computers — with access to all the CLBC digital legal databases, online public legal information through ClickLaw, and the productivity tools (Word, Excel etc.) required to draft forms and documents — are a big attraction at the new facility.

If you have a legal inquiry or research question, your local CLBC law librarian is a great resource. Anyone in the province can access CLBC law librarian expertise by phoning 1-800-665-2570 or emailing

If you want to contact the Abbotsford library directly, you can call 778-666-2953 during public hours Monday to Friday, 9am-12:30pm and 1pm-4pm, or email anytime to

BC’s courthouse library collections are uniquely focused on practice-relevant legal resources, and CLBC is committed to curating the Abbotsford law library collection to directly meet local needs. If there’s a resource you’re looking for or want to recommend, contact Harman, and help build-up the best new courthouse library in BC.