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.

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.

Amendment: Provincial Court (Family) Rules

  • December 08, 2020

Effective December 7, 2020, the Provincial Court (Family) Rules, B.C. Reg. 417/98, are amended as set out in Schedule 1, and the Provincial Court Family Rules, B.C. Reg. 120/2020, are amended as set out in Schedule 2.

Amendment: Business Corporations Act

  • October 01, 2020

Business Corporations Act amendments require private businesses in BC to keep and maintain a registry of beneficial owners – including those who have direct and indirect control of a company or its shares.

Act In Force: Arbitration Act

  • September 01, 2020

The new Arbitration Act came into effect on September 1, 2020. The renamed Vancouver International Arbitration Centre maintains a prominent position in the new Act. The new Act no longer applies to family law matters.