British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

The British Columbia Law Institute is a not-for-profit law reform agency that works to improve and modernize the laws of British Columbia. Its mission is to be a leader in law reform by carrying out the best in scholarly law reform research and writing and the best in outreach relating to law reform.

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Predatory lending is the practice whereby a lender deceptively persuades a borrower to agree to abusive loan terms. It is closely tied to subprime mortgage lending, a practice that encouraged a rise in predatory lending ...
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This report discusses the ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Re Christian Brothers of Ireland in Canada, which decided that the assets were available to satisfy the claims of creditors, and recommends remedial ...
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This project examines requirements imposed by statute or regulation to provide a sworn statement as part of an out of court transaction. The project classifies these requirements and makes recommendations for their ...
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Unlike fundraising campaigns by organized charities, informal public appeals are often carried out with little planning. Sometimes it is not possible to use the entire fund for the original purpose. How the surplus may ...
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This project provides a starting point to engage in a national conversation about a critical "middle option" of health / housing in Canada. This middle option, called "supportive housing / assisted living" in this ...
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This project considers the need for franchise legislation in BC and, in doing so, reviews the Uniform Franchises Act adopted by the ULCC. The Act's key provisions include dealing with disclosure, the duty of fair ...
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Strata properties form a dynamic part of the real-estate sector in BC and, not surprisingly, the law that governs them has struggled to keep pace. This project identifies broad, long-range legal and policy issues to be ...
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This project will generate practice support material for lawyers and others about technologies to remove or reduce the disadvantages that persons with disabilities or those living in remote areas face when required to ...
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If a plaintiff settles with a defendant in a multi-party dispute, it can complicate a trial with the other parties if a judge rules the settling party owes more than they already payed. This project will examine how the ...
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BCLI is publishing a 4th edition of the Q&A materials to reflect new changes to the Family Law Act in BC, the new Pension Benefits Standards Act coming into force in September 2015, and changes to the common law since ...
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