Orders in Council and Ministerial Orders
Government Relations » About Government Relations » Real Estate Legislation » Orders in Council and Ministerial Orders
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

Orders in Council, Regulations and Ministerial Orders

Updated: September 18, 2017

2017

Impact

OIC 334

September 11, 2017
Exempts the Real Estate Council of BC from completing a service plan under the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act for the 2017/18 fiscal year. 
OIC 323

September 1, 2017
Approves Mackenzie River Basin Bilateral Water Management Agreements between the Government of BC and the Governments of Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The Agreements bind each party to manage water resources sustainably.  
OIC 247

August 9, 2017
Designates 1st and 2nd Acting Ministers, including the following of interest to BCREA: 
  • Premier: 1st Acting Minister Carole James, 2nd Acting Minister Adrian Dix.
  • Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier: 1st Acting Minister Bruce Ralston, 2nd Acting Minister Adrian Dix.
  • Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing: 1st Acting Minister Lisa Beare, 2nd Acting Minister Lana Popham.
  • Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General: 1st Acting Minister David Eby, 2nd Acting Minister Rob Fleming.
  • Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy: 1st Acting Minister Michelle Mungall, 2nd Acting Minister Doug Donaldson.

Full list of appointees.

OIC 240

August 1, 2017
Appoints the following persons as members of the Treasury Board: 
  • Honourable Bruce Ralston (Chair);
  • Honourable Adrian Dix;
  • Honourable Rob Fleming;
  • Honourable George Heyman;
  • Honourable Michelle Mungall;
  • Honourable Selina Robinson;
  • Jagrup Brar;
  • Mitzi Dean;
  • Mable Elmore; and
  • Bowinn Ma. 
OIC 239

August 1, 2017
Appoints the following persons as members of the Environment and Land Use Committee: 
  • Honourable Scott Fraser (Chair);
  • Honourable Doug Donaldson;
  • Honourable George Heyman;
  • Honourable Michelle Mungall;
  • Honourable Lana Popham; and
  • Honourable Claire Trevena.
OIC 238

August 1, 2017
Designates several cabinet committees, including the Housing Working Group. Members include:
  • Honourable Selina Robinson (Chair);
  • Honourable Harry Bains;
  • Honourable Lisa Beare;
  • Honourable George Chow;
  • Honourable David Eby;
  • Honourable Claire Trevena;
  • Honourable Shane Simpson;
  • Spencer Chandra Herbert;
  • Ronna-Rae Leonard; and
  • Bowinn Ma. 

Full list of committees.

OIC 226

July 19, 2017
Rescinds the appointment of M. Judy Rogers as member and chair of the British Columbia Housing Management Commission, and appoints Cassie Doyle as member and chair for a term ending July 18, 2022. 
OIC 212

July 18, 2017
Rescinds all previous designations of Cabinet Ministers and parliamentary secretaries, and makes new appointees including the following of interest to BCREA:  

Ministers: 
  • Hon. John Horgan – Premier
  • Hon. Carole James – Finance and Deputy Premier
  • Hon. Selina Robinson – Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Hon. Mike Farnworth – Public Safety and Solicitor General
Parliamentary Secretary:
  • Jennifer Rice – Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Full list of appointees.
OIC 199

June 16, 2017
Designates First and Second Acting Ministers to act on a primary minister’s behalf when the minister is absent from the capital or is unable to perform the duties of their office. Appointees include: 
  • Rich Coleman, 1st Acting Minister for Premier
  • Shirley Bond, 1st Acting Minister for Finance
  • Rich Coleman, 1st Acting Minister for Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
  • Andrew Wilkinson, 1st Acting Minister for Pubic Safety and Solicitor General
  • Mary Polak, 1st Acting Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure

Full list of appointees.

OIC 195

June 12, 2017
Appoints parliamentary secretaries, including the following: 
  • Doug Clovechok, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
  • Dan Ashton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance
  • Michael Lee, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing Affordability to the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing 
  • Laurie Throness, Parliamentary Secretary for Corrections to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General 

Full list of appointees.

OIC 192 

June 12, 2017
Designates Cabinet Ministers, including the following: 
  • The Hon. Christy Clark, Premier
  • The Hon. Michael de Jong, Finance
  • The Hon. Ellis Ross, Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
  • The Hon. Michael Morris, Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • The Hon. Todd Stone, Transportation and Infrastructure

The following person is designated as an official without a portfolio:

  • The Hon. Donna Barnett, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development 

Full list of appointees.

OIC 188

April 7, 2017
Amends the Taxation (Rural Area) Act Regulation, under the Taxation (Rural Area) Act, setting the tax rates for 2017 and subsequent tax years for all property classes. Rates are marginally higher for some classes. 

More information.
OIC 185

April 7, 2017
Determines the rates for the net taxable value of all property classes in each school district in the province, applied for the 2017 calendar year, as follows:
  • Utilities: 13.4%
  • Supportive housing: 0.1%
  • Major industry: 4.8%
  • Light industry: 4.8%
  • Business and other: 4.8%
  • Managed forest land: 1.9%
  • Recreational property/Non-profit organization: 2.7%
  • Farm: 6.9%
MO 158 

April 6, 2017
Effective immediately, amends the Building Code General Regulation to introduce the BC Energy Step Code, a voluntary compliance path that establishes progressive performance targets that support transition from the current energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032.

The BC Energy Step Code applies immediately, but only to new construction of the following building types:

  • Residential (Part 9) – Province-wide.
  • Multi-unit residential and commercial (business and personal services and mercantile) – only in climate zone 4 (i.e., Lower Mainland, southern Vancouver Island, southern Okanagan).

More information (Ministerial Order 158).
Government guide to the Energy Step Code.

MO 157

April 6, 2017
Amends the Building Act General Regulation to specify unrestricted matters related to energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, to support local government use of the BC Energy Step Code. These two matters are unrestricted with two conditions: 
  • local governments may not require buildings to be constructed except in conformance to a step in sections 9.36.6.3. or 10.2.3.3. of Division B of the British Columbia Building Code, and
  • local governments may not modify the requirements or impose requirements in addition to those in sections 9.36.6. or 10.2.3. of Division B of the British Columbia Building Code.

More information.
OIC 174

March 31, 2017
Amends the Water Sustainability Regulation to state that a fire department may divert and use water without holding an authorization for the diversion and use if the diversion and use is for activities related to preparation for firefighting.
MO 137

March 23, 2017
Appoints Donald C. Peddle as a member of the Executive Committee of the Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia, for a term ending September 30, 2017.

MO 136

March 23, 2017
Establishes that the fee-setting process for the Building Act must be in accordance with the following:
  • Before setting a new fee or changing a fee, the administrative authority must consult with representatives of stakeholders (qualified building officials, local authorities and persons who employ qualified building professionals) and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.
  • The administrative authority must notify stakeholders and the UBCM of any new fee or change in a fee at least 90 days in advance of the fee taking effect.
  • The administrative authority must post the notification on a publicly accessible website maintained by, or on behalf of, the administrative authority. 
OIC 152 

March 15, 2017
Exempts foreign buyers who are in the BC Provincial Nominee Program and purchase a primary residence in the Metro Vancouver region from paying the additional 15% Property Transfer Tax for foreign buyers. Provincial nominees can apply for the exemption beginning March 17, 2017.

The exemption is also retroactive. Nominees who purchased a principal residence on or after August 2, 2016 can apply for retroactive exemption. Qualifying individuals who have become permanent residents or Canadian citizens will be able to apply for a refund beginning August 2, 2017.

News release.
Exemption and refund forms and information.
OIC 114

March 6, 2017
Authorizes the British Columbia Assessment Authority to introduce the 2017 Assessment Authority Bylaw, which sets out the rate of tax applied against each classification of land and improvements.

More information.
OIC 111

March 6, 2017
Introduces the North American Gypsy Moth Eradication Regulation in order to implement eradication of this invasive species. 
MO 81

February 28, 2017
Effective February 28, 2017, specifies examination requirements and continuing professional development requirements for qualified building officials. 

MO 80

February 28, 2017
Designates Derek Townson as the Registrar of Qualified Building Officials for a five-year term effective February 28, 2017 and ending February 28, 2022. 
OIC 86

February 28, 2017
Repeals fifteen regulations related to the Property Transfer Tax Exemption Regulation. These regulations were repealed because the transfers had been completed; therefore, the regulations were no longer needed. OIC 86 was passed as part of the government’s red-tape reduction initiative.
OIC 80

February 28, 2017
Effective January 1, 2017, the Home Owner Grant Regulation is amended to include new definitions regarding persons with disabilities and assistive modifications in homes. 

More information.
MO 79 

February 27, 2017
Effective February 28, 2017, makes the following amendments to the Building Act General Regulation:
  • Prescribes additional undefined matters as being under local authority jurisdiction, including: water supply for firefighting, any structural support needed to elevate a floor system above the specified flood level, and matters relating to heritage values or characters of a building.
  • Prescribes time-limited unrestricted matters as being under local authority jurisdiction, including: fire sprinklers and matters related to the accessibility of a building to a person with disabilities.
  • Adds definitions for qualified building professionals prescribed under the Act, as well as professionals exempt from the Act. 

More information.

OIC 71

February 22, 2017
Appoints James Emerson Howell as member and vice-chair of the Property Assessment Appeal Board for a term of 3 years.
MO 66

February 20, 2017
Effective July 20, 2017, the British Columbia Building Code Regulation is amended to include new language with respect to installing sprinkler systems in low-rise residential occupancies.

An applicant for a building permit is exempt from the amendments for building permit applications submitted before July 20, 2017 if:
  •  the permit applied for is issued and work commences and finished without interruption (other than work stoppages considered reasonable in the building industry), and
  • all work is carried out in conformity with the BC Building Code Regulation.
MO 54

February 14, 2017
Appoints Heather Christine Banham of West Kelowna and Arthur Stewart Hoehn of Abbotsford to the Property Assessment Review Panel to serve as members for a term ending November 1, 2018.

States that members of a Property Assessment Review Panel shall be paid with respect to duties performed, as follows:
  • Chair:  $375.00 for each day or $187.50 for each half day
  • Member:  $300.00 for each day or $150.00 for each half day
OIC 27

January 30, 2017
Effective January 1, 2017, the threshold amount for the Home Owner Grant has increased to $1,600,000 from $1,200,000. Homes valued at up to $1.6 million may now be eligible for the full Home Owner Grant.
OIC 9

January 19, 2017
Effective April 1, 2017, under the Real Estate Services Regulation, the fee paid by the applicant for, or holder of, a license will increase from $50 to $150 for the following services:
(a) new licence,
(b) licence renewal,
(c) licence amendment, other than a change of name or address, or
(d) licence reinstatement.

Fees will be paid to the real estate council who will remit the amounts to the superintendent.
MO 8

January 10, 2017

Reappoints Lyle H. Kuhnert as Chair of the Building Code Appeal Board, for a one-year term ending January 15, 2018.

 

2016

Impact

OIC 976

December 20, 2016

Appoints Robert J. Metcalfe to the Property Assessment Appeal Board for a term ending December 31, 2019.
M 518

December 17, 2016

Appoint the following to the Property Assessment Review Panel for terms ending November 1, 2018:
  • Lisa Kim Ames, Squamish
  • Richard O’Brian Blackall, Charlie Lake
  • Denene Margaret Broza, Smithers
  • John Richard Evans, Terrace
  • Michael Brian Moore, Sechelt
  • Angus Edward Murray, Williams Lake
  • Kathleen Mary Pickering, Cranbrook
  • Susan Marie Roline, Merritt
  • Thomas Joseph Szalay, Oliver
  • Carla Gail Tibbo, Richmond
OIC 966

December 16, 2016

Amends the BC Housing Management Commission Regulation by adding language to establish the ability to loan or grant monies to first-time homebuyers, providing for the BC HOME Partnership.
M 511-513

December 16, 2016

Appoint the following as members of the Agricultural Land Commission:
  • Ross Kent Ravelli, North Panel (term ends October 8, 2019),
  • James Johnson, Okanagan Panel (reappointment; term ends December 30, 2018), and
  • Robert Brian Haywood-Farmer, Interior Panel (term ends January 1, 2020).
OIC 955

December 16, 2016

Re-appoints Laurie Marie Sterritt as a member of the Real Estate Council of BC for a term ending October 31, 2017. This corrects a minor error in the original October 2016 appointment. 
OIC 846

December 2, 2016

Appoints Leonard Walter Hrycan as a member of the Real Estate Council of BC for a term ending October 31, 2018.
OIC 829

December 2, 2016

Appoints Linda-Gayle Michaluk as a member and vice chair of the Island panel of the Agricultural Land Commission for a term beginning January 1, 2017 and ending January 1, 2020.
OIC 828

December 2, 2016

Appoints Richard Mumford as vice chair of the Interior panel of the Agricultural Land Commission for a term beginning January 1, 2017 and ending October 8, 2018.
OIC 826

December 2, 2016

Brings into force amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act and the Residential Tenancy Regulation to allow for the early termination of a fixed-term lease by a tenant who is fleeing family violence or who has been accepted into a long-term care facility.
M 426

September 6, 2016 (deposited October 27, 2016)

Effective November 1, 2017 amends the Contaminated Sites Regulation, under the Environmental Management Act by adding or amending the following real estate-related definitions:
  • high density residential land use,
  • low density residential land use,
  • ·natural wildlands land use,
  • parkade,
  • protected area,
  • reverted wildlands land use,
  • urban park land use, and
  • wildlands land use.
In addition, provisions are made for standards and procedures for contaminated soil relocation. The BC Ministry of Environment is hosting a series of webinars to explain the changes, and they are listed (among other events) on this site: https://www.cab-bc.org/upcoming-workshops-courses-and-events.
h
OIC 761

October 24, 2016

Amends the Real Estate Services Regulation, as follows:
  • defining a quorum of the council as a majority of the number of members on the council, and
  • determining that the council must have a ¾ vote of the number of members on the council to make a bylaw.
OIC 758-760

October 24, 2016

Make the following appointments to the Real Estate Council of BC:
  • Robert Gialloreto, vice chair (term ends October 31, 2017; Mr. Gialloreto had been appointed as a council member on October 12, 2016)
  • Kevin Peter Lonsdale (term ends October 31, 2017)
  • Laurie Marie Sterrit (term ends October 31, 2017)
OIC 743

October 21, 2016

Appoints William Matthew Watson as a member and vice chair of BC Assessment’s Property Assessment Appeal Board for a term of three years.
OIC 740

October 21, 2016

Appoints the following to BC Assessment’s Property Assessment Appeal Board, effective December 31, 2016:
  • John Bridal (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Winton K. Derby (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Larry O. Dybvig (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Dianne P. Flood (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Jeffrey A. Hand (term ends December 31, 2018)
  • Mandy A. Hansen (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Christopher John Hope (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Howard L. Kushner (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • David M. Lee (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Michael Brandon Litchfield (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Bruce Maitland (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Dale B. Pope, Q.C. (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Donald H. Risk, Q.C. (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2017)
  • Jeremy Sibley (term ends December 31, 2018)
  • Audrey A. Suttorp (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Kenneth William Thornicroft (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
  • Bruce W. Turner (reappointed; term ends December 31, 2019)
OIC 697-704, 706

October 12, 2016

Appoint the following members of the Real Estate Council of BC:
  • William Thomas Styffe (term ends October 31, 2018)
  • John Lawrence Daly (term ends October 31, 2017)
  • Robert Gialloreto (term ends October 31, 2018)
  • Sandra Lynn Heath (term ends October 31, 2018)
  • Robert D. Holmes, Chair (term ends October 31, 2017)
  • Gerald Lawrence Martin (term ends October 31, 2018)
  • Elana Valerie Mignosa (term ends October 31, 2017)
  • Sukhmander S. Sidhu (term ends October 31, 2018)
  • Maili Wong (term ends October 31, 2018)

The full Council will consist of 16 members, which means seven more will be appointed at a later date.

News release.
OIC 686

October 3, 2016

Effective February 1, 2017, brings into force the Franchises Act and establishes the Franchises Regulation. The Act received Royal Assent on November 27, 2015. The Franchises Act will apply with respect to franchise agreements relating to franchises that are operated wholly or partly in BC. Comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

This legislation is almost exactly what was recommended by the BC Law Institute in March 2014. BCREA consulted with member boards and the BC Brokers Council in February 2015, and the few comments received were positive.

News release.
M 377

September 24, 2016

Establishes interest rates (for six months, beginning October 1, 2016) under the Land Tax Deferment Act as follows:
  • For the purposes of s. 8(2) (re payment on termination) and s. 9(2) (re repayment of deferred tax), the interest rate remains the same at 0.70%.
  • For the purposes of s. 8(3.1) (re payment on termination) and s. 9(5) (re repayment of deferred tax), the interest rate remains the same at 2.70%.
OIC 649

September 17, 2016

Effective October 19, 2016, appoints Micheal Noseworthy as the Superintendent of Real Estate.

News release.
OIC 648

September 16, 2016

Effective September 30, 2016, brings into force ss. 18-42 of the Miscellaneous Statutes (Housing Priority Initiatives) Amendment Act, 2016. That is, amendments to the Real Estate Services Act that implement recommendations of the Independent Advisory Group and transfer rule-making authority to the Superintendent of Real Estate.

Also effective September 30, 2016, the Real Estate Services Regulation is amended to require the Superintendent to provide licensees with proposed rule changes at least 30 days in advance, with the opportunity to comment.

OIC 602

July 29, 2016

Amends the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation to provide clarity around permitted agri-tourism activities. Land owners don’t need permits to host up to 10 specific activities per year, such as commercial weddings, concerts or non-agriculture-related festivals, as long as certain conditions are met, including that the land has farm status under the Assessment Act, no new permanent structures are built, all parking is on the farm and the number of guests doesn’t exceed 150. For a complete list, see the order in council.

News release.
OIC 593, 595

July 29, 2016

Appoint the following to positions at the Financial Institutions Commission:
  • Chris Carter, Acting Superintendent of Real Estate, and
  • Frank Chong, Acting Superintendent of Financial Institutions and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation.
OIC 592

July 29, 2016

Brings into force amendments to the Strata Property Act, which make it easier to wind up a strata corporation (with 80% of eligible voters, instead of 100%). Also amends the Strata Property Regulation to require the Form B Information Certificate to indicate whether any winding-up resolutions have been passed.
TB [Treasury Board]

July 21, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, repeals the Interest on Prepaid Tax Regulation and replaces it with the Prepayment of Taxes Regulation, under the Taxation (Rural Area) Act. Aside from some procedural changes, the interest that can be accrued on prepaid taxes will be 2% below the prime commercial lending rate, as opposed to the current 3.5% below prime.
OIC 578

July 21, 2016

Appoints Garth Cambrey as vice chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2019.
OIC 560, 565

July 21, 2016

Appoint the following as members of the Property Assessment Appeal Board:
  • Robert Ross Fraser, term ending August 19, 2018, and
  • Erin Lan-Ying Frew (vice chair), term for three years.
OIC 559, 566, 567

July 21, 2016

Appoint the following to the board of directors of BC Assessment:
  • Philip H. Foucher (reappointed), July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2019,
  • Richard T. Taylor (reappointed), October 31, 2016 to October 31, 2019,
  • Malcolm Hunter, July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2018, and
  • Wai Young, July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2018.
OIC 508

July 8, 2016

Amends the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation to require land owners (of properties larger than 20 hectares) considering planting trees on ALR land for things like carbon sequestration to first apply for permission from the Agricultural Land Commission. News release. The regulation is also amended to require that, when the ALC decides to exclude land from the ALR, it must notify each owner of the land. Each owner must then provide written consent using a form provided by the ALC.
OIC 503

July 5, 2016

Effective July 13, 2016, brings into force nearly all of the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act, which received Royal Assent in 2012. The Civil Resolution Tribunal is now accepting strata claims for early intake. For more information, visit www.civilresolutionbc.ca.
OIC 502

July 5, 2016

Amends the Strata Property Regulation by making a small change to the Form B Information Certificate. The change is to paragraph (j) of the form, which asks whether the strata corporation is party to any court proceeding or arbitration. The paragraph now asks whether the strata corporation is also party to any tribunal proceeding, making way for the full implementation of the Civil Resolution Tribunal.
M 246

June 23, 2016

Reappoints Anna Warwick Sears as a governor of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, effective December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2019.
M 245

June 23, 2016

Reappoints Robert Jay Goertz as a governor of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, effective December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2018.
OIC 441

June 17, 2016

Appoints Abbotsford-South MLA Darryl Plecas as Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility to the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation.
OIC 433

June 15, 2016

Rescinds Linda Larson’s appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility to the Minister of Social Development and appoints her as Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education to the Minister of Education.
OIC 356-357

June 9, 2016

Reappoint the following as members of the Real Estate Council of BC:
  • Elana Mignosa (June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2019), and
  • Colette Squires (June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2018).
The full list of Council members is available here: https://www.recbc.ca/.
OIC 293 (B.C. Reg. 111/2016)

May 12, 2016

Effective June 10, 2016, brings into force s. 56 of the Budget Measures Implementation Act, 2016. This adds a new provision (s. 12.13) to the Property Transfer Tax Act requiring that bare trustees provide the names, addresses and citizenship of the settlors and beneficiaries of a bare trust, through the Property Transfer Tax form.
OIC 282 (B.C. Reg. 110/2016)

May 9, 2016

Effective May 16, 2016, amends the Real Estate Services Regulation, under the Real Estate Services Act. Unless otherwise instructed by their clients, real estate contracts prepared by licensees must state that the contract cannot be assigned without the written consent of the seller, and that any profit from an assignment goes to the initial seller. This applies to both residential and commercial transactions, with the exception of development units. For more information, see the FAQ prepared by the Real Estate Council of BC.
OIC 274

May 3, 2016

Provides the Minister of Finance with the authority to enter into an agreement regarding pooled registered pension plans, with the ministers of finance of Canada, Nova Scotia and Quebec.
OIC 271

May 2, 2016

Amends the Home Owner Grant Regulation, under the Home Owner Grant Act, to increase the threshold to $1,200,000 from $1,100,000. For eligible homeowners, the Home Owner Grant provides a maximum property tax reduction of $570 in the Capital, Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley regional districts, plus additional grants for rural homeowners, seniors, disabled people and some veterans.
OIC 269

May 2, 2016

Amends the Taxation (Rural Area) Act Regulation, under the Taxation (Rural Area) Act, setting the tax rates for 2015 and subsequent tax years for all property classes. Rates are the same or lower for all classes, except for class 4 (major industry).
OIC 268

May 2, 2016

Sets class 1 property tax rates for each school district under the School Act for the 2016 calendar year. Generally, rates are lower in 2016 compared to 2015.
OIC 267

May 2, 2016

Sets property tax rates (for classes 2 to 9) under the School Act for the 2016 calendar year. Rates for all classes, except supportive housing (0.1%), are lower than in 2015.
OIC 262 (B.C. Reg. 101/2016)

May 2, 2016

Effective May 4, 2016, brings into force most sections of the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act, which received Royal Assent in 2014. The order also creates the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Regulation, which seems to articulate how the provincial and federal legislation will work together.
OIC 252 (B.C. Reg. 99/2016)

April 29, 2016

Creates a new, expanded Societies Transitional Interim Regulation, which provides that the definition of “special resolution” passed before November 28, 2016 is taken from the Society Act (not the new legislation)—that means ¾ of the votes cast are required to pass a special resolution. When the Societies Act comes into force on November 28, only 2/3 will be required to pass a special resolution. The new regulation also requires a society to file its transition application with the registrar before changing bylaws.
OIC 233 (B.C. Reg. 94/2016)

April 14, 2016

Amends the new Water Sustainability Regulation, under the Water Sustainability Act, to make some clarifications, exempt certain forestry practices are exempt from provisions of the WSA regarding introducing foreign matter into streams, and provide some short-term considerations for mining.
M 101

March 14, 2016

Establishes interest rates (for six months, beginning April 1, 2016) under the Land Tax Deferment Act as follows:
  • For the purposes of s. 8(2) (re payment on termination) and s. 9(2) (re repayment of deferred tax), the interest rate decreases to 0.70% from 0.85% a year.
  • For the purposes of s. 8(3.1) (re payment on termination) and s. 9(5) (re repayment of deferred tax), the interest rate decreases to 2.70% from 2.85% a year.
OIC 162

March 14, 2016

Creates the 2016 Assessment Authority Bylaw, which maintains the operating fund under the Assessment Authority Act by levying taxes according to property classes. All rates are lower in 2016 than in 2015.
OIC 159 (B.C. Reg. 71/2016)

March 14, 2016

Amends the following fees in the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation, under the Agricultural Land Commission Act, effective April 1, 2016:
  • Applications for use or subdivision of agricultural land and exclusions from the ALR will cost $1,500 in Zone 1 (Island, Okanagan and South Coast) and $900 in Zone 2 (everywhere else).
  • Several new fees will be added, including document administration, site inspection and monitoring activities.
OIC 151 (B.C. Reg. 70/2016)

March 14, 2016

Amends the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation, under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act. New requirements will take effect on September 1, 2016. Changes will include:
  • Home inspection contracts must describe in advance what will be covered in an inspection.
  • Contracts will also have to state whether or not the licensee will inspect for mould and asbestos.
  • Contractual terms that limit home inspectors’ liability will be prohibited.
  • New business record-keeping requirements will be put in place for home inspectors.
  • Home inspectors will be required to have valid professional and general liability insurance.
News release.
M 72

March 3, 2016

Creates nine performance indicators for the Agricultural Land Commission for 2016/2017. The indicators are sorted into the following categories: notification targets, improving application review, and improving operational efficiency and effectiveness.

News release.

OIC 129

March 1, 2016

Repeals several regulations under the Assessment Act and combines them with the Assessment Act Regulation.
OIC 128

March 1, 2016

Repeals several regulations under the Assessment Act and combines them into the new Railway Corporations Assessment Regulation.
OIC 127

March 1, 2016

Repeals two regulations under the Assessment Act and combines them into the new Depreciation of Industrial and Electrical Power Generating Facility Improvements Regulation.
OIC 114 (B.C. Reg. 40/2016)

February 29, 2016

Creates the new Dam Safety Regulation, which captures more dams than the regulation it replaces.
OIC 113 (B.C. Reg. 39/2016)

February 29, 2016

Creates the new Groundwater Protection Regulation, which provides many details about wells.
OIC 112 (B.C. Reg. 38/2016)

February 29, 2016

Creates the Water Districts Regulation.
OIC 111 (B.C. Reg. 37/2016)

February 29, 2016

Creates the Water Sustainability Fees, Rentals and Charges Tariff Regulation.
OIC 110 (B.C. Reg. 36/2016)

February 29, 2016

Repeals the old Water Regulation and the Sensitive Streams Designation and Licensing Regulation creates the Sensitive and replaces them with the Water Sustainability Regulation. The new regulation provides details about water licensing, sensitive streams, changes to streams, diversions and exemptions.

The new regulation also provides the process by which water licensees can expropriate land, including that the Expropriation Act applies.

OIC 109 (B.C. Reg. 35/2016)

February 29, 2016

Brings into force the Water Sustainability Act, with the exception of s. 18 [Quick licensing procedures]. More information.
M 87

February 24, 2016

Appoints Harvey Paul Bombardier as a member of the Kootenay Panel of the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission for a term ending December 31, 2017.
OIC 62

February 15, 2016

Effective April 5, 2016, brings into force the Tla’amin Tax Treatment Agreement, which addresses issues of property taxation.
Treasury Board Reg.

February 11, 2016

Lists the expected results for the Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness in fiscal year 2016/2017. Relevant to BCREA:

(a) engage with British Columbia’s provincial and territorial counterparts, local governments, First Nations and external partners in participation with the federal government to meet Canada’s mandated commitment to better predict, prepare for, and respond to weather-related emergencies and natural disasters;

(b) support the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure in finalizing discussions respecting the New Building Canada Fund and the National Disaster Mitigation Program;

(c) continue working with Emergency Management BC to support the implementation of initiatives that contribute to the delivery of Emergency Management BC’s mandate;

(g)  review legislation respecting emergency preparedness and fire prevention, suppression and investigation to determine whether to make recommendations about legislative changes

M 57

January 20, 2016

Delegates powers and duties for emergency management (including mitigation/ prevention, preparedness, response and recovery) to the director of the Provincial Emergency Program, under the Emergency Program Act.