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.

Bill Introduced: Mental Health Act

  • May 03, 2022

The Government has recently introduced legislation to allow amendments to the Mental Health Act. BC’s Mental Health Act allows people with a severe mental-health illness to be admitted and treated at designated mental-health facilities involuntarily for the person’s own protection, or the protection of others. The proposed amendments will ensure that people have access to an independent rights advisor to discuss their rights and options.

Amendment: Family Law Act & Child Support Recalculation

  • April 07, 2022

The Government has introduced a program that reviews eligible orders and written agreements for child support; this expansion follows a pilot program offered in Kelowna and changes to the Family Law Act have expanded that program. This free service will help BC families identify adjustments needed to child support.

Bill Introduced: Property Law Amendment Act, 2022

  • March 31, 2022

Bill 12-2022 was introduced to amend the Property Law Act so that a purchaser may rescind a contract of purchase and sale by serving written notice to the seller within a prescribed number of days. Details will be determined in the regulations. The BC government says these amendments will protect homebuyers.

Bill Introduced: Bill 11-2022 Commercial Liens Act

  • March 11, 2022

B.C. is planning to adopt the model Uniform Liens Act prepared by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, which was recommended by BCLI in 2003. This new model will create a new statutory commercial lien that may be registered in the registry established under the Personal Property Security Act.

Amendment: Family Law Act Regulations

  • March 02, 2022

Family Law Act regulations regarding child support recalculation (“Part 5”) have been amended by the government and take effect Mar 1, 2022.