Legislative Updates

CBABC has curated this select list of Legislative Updates, including new Bills proposed in the Legislative Assembly, new Acts, amendments and regulations in force.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided here; however, lawyers should rely upon specific legislation and regulations. For a complete list of new Bills proposed, visit Legislative Assembly of BC.

Questions? Contact Jo-Anne Stark, Director of Advocacy at advocacy@cbabc.org.

Note: Legislative Updates are archived after one year.

Amendment: Divorce Act

  • March 01, 2021

The new amendments to the Divorce Act take effect on March 1, 2021. Some changes to the Supreme Court Family Rules and forms will also come into effect on March 1, 2021 to reflect these new amendments.

Regulation: Evidence Act

  • February 12, 2021

New regulations have now been introduced to the Evidence Act that will place a limit on the amount recoverable from an unsuccessful party for disbursements related to motor vehicle personal injury litigation in Supreme Court, at 6% of the overall judgment or settlement.

Amendment: Family Law Act Regulation, Family Maintenance Enforcement Act Regulation and Interjurisdictional Support Orders Regulation

  • February 08, 2021

Order in Council 51/2021 dated February 1, 2020 amends the following: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, S.B.C. 2020, c. 14, s. 74; Family Law Act, S.B.C. 2011, c. 25, ss. 245 (1), 247 and 248 (2) and (3); Family Maintenance Enforcement Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 127, s. 51; Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 29, s. 44 (2)

Amendment: Environmental Management Amendment Act, 2019

  • February 02, 2021

2019 Bill 17, c. 19 (B.C. Reg. 161/2020) of the Environmental Management Amendment Act, 2019 is in effect February 1, 2021. These amendments impact the Land Title Act, Property Law Act, Islands Trust Act and Vancouver Charter.

Sections in Force: Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020

  • January 06, 2021

Certain sections of the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020 come into force January 1, 2021 and provide for compensation for permanent partial disability, determination of a worker’s date of retirement, and transitional provisions.

Amendment: COVID-19 Related Measures Act – Limitation Periods

  • December 21, 2020

On December 21, 2020, Order in Council 655/2020 was made; it provides that, effective March 25, 2021, the suspension of every mandatory limitation period and any other mandatory time period that is established in an enactment or law of British Columbia within which a civil or family action, proceeding, claim, or appeal must be commenced in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court, or Court of Appeal will end.