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.

Bill Introduced: Firearm Violence Prevention Act

  • March 04, 2021

Bill 4-2021 was introduced on March 4, 2021 aimed at curbing gun violence in British Columbia. If passed, the legislation will make it more difficult for gang members to buy, transport or possess real or imitation firearms.

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.