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British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

The BCLI undertakes law reform projects in the public interest. We bring together academic, expert, and community collaborators to clarify and improve the law, develop innovative, inclusive solutions, and increase access to justice.

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Report on Complex Stratas

This report discusses mixed-use and architecturally varied stratas and the three legislative tools that were introduced to manage legal issues surrounding them -- sections, types, and phases. It also makes 68 ...
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Strata Property Law—Phase Two

This project is intended to make recommendations to reform the Strata Property Act, in seven identified areas, to help in the development of the next generation of strata-property law in British Columbia.
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Pension Division Review Project

This project will make recommendations to reform the law of pension division on spousal breakdown under part 6 of the Family Law Act. Pensions are a complex type of property to divide fairly between spouses, so the law ...
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Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project

The Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project has two dimensions: (1) a focused review of the act to identify outdated provisions, operational incompatibilities, and gaps; (2) comparative legal ...
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Recommended Practices for Wills Practitioners Relating to Potential Undue Influence: A Guide

This project develops a set of recommended practices for legal practitioners for better ensuring that the wills they prepare represent a client’s genuine independent last wishes, untainted by undue influence.
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Builders Lien Reform Project

The Builders Lien Act protects participants in a construction project such as contractors, material suppliers, and individual workers by giving them several forms of security for payment for work done or materials ...
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Public Hearings Project

BC’s Local Government Act calls for a municipality to hold a public hearing when it’s adopting a land-use bylaw. The Public Hearings Project developed a study paper on (1) the origins of the public-hearing requirement, ...
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Workplace Dispute Resolution Project

The BCLI conducted an international review of approaches to resolving workplace conflict and investigating the range of labour and employment conflict resolution systems in operation in other parts of Canada and select ...
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Review of Parentage under Part 3 of the Family Law Act

This project will examine whether Part 3 of the Family Law Act is meeting it's goals in providing a complete scheme that addresses children equally, no matter whether the child was born through natural or assisted ...
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Renovate the Public Hearing Project

Local governments must hold public hearings on regulating land use. The Renovate the Public Hearing Project seeks a better way to engage in land-use decision-making through law reform, public engagement, and considering ...
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