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 advocacy@cbabc.org.

Note: Legislative Updates are archived after one year.

Act in Force: Home Buyer Rescission Period Regulation

  • October 31, 2022

In January 2023, the provincial government will implement changes to the Property Law Act to make the Home Buyer Rescission Period, commonly referred to as the ‘cooling-off period’, mandatory for residential real estate transactions. These amendments are intended to protect homebuyers.

Bill Introduced: Amendments to BC Child-Welfare Laws

  • October 31, 2022

On October 26, the provincial government introduced Bill 38, the Indigenous Self-Government in Child and Family Services Amendment Act. The Bill proposes amendments to the Adoption Act and the Child, Family and Community Service Act.

Bill Introduced: Miscellaneous

  • October 17, 2022

Bill 27 - Attorney General Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2) 2022, was introduced in the legislative assembly on Oct. 3. CBABC advocated for these changes to increasing access to justice by making electronic witnessing of enduring powers of attorney and representation agreements permanent.

Act in Force: New Court of Appeal Act and Rules

  • May 31, 2022

On July 18, 2022 the Court of Appeal Act, S.B.C. 2021, c. 6 will be brought into force along with new Court of Appeal Rules. The new rules clarify existing procedures, simplify language and make the appeals process more efficient.

Bill Introduced: Labour Relations Code Amendments

  • May 16, 2022

On April 6 the government introduced Bill 10, the Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2022. The proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Code establish a single-step union certification system, enabling workers to join a union when a clear majority of employees indicate they want to.

Bill Introduced: Anti-Racism Data Act

  • May 06, 2022

The BC government has introduced Bill 24, the Anti-Racism Data Act as a first step to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous, Black and people of colour in BC. The new anti-racism legislation builds upon recommendations in the BC Human Rights Commissioner’s report, “The Grandmother Perspective” which were supported by CBABC in its submissions to Government.

Directive for Civil Litigation

  • May 05, 2022

The Government has released new directives for civil litigation involving Indigenous Peoples, in alignment with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. These directives will provide legislative tools and policies to support new approaches to disputes while avoiding costly, lengthy and adversarial litigation.