2017 Legislative Session: 2nd Session, 41st Parliament
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2017 Legislative Session: 2nd Session, 41st Parliament

Last updated: November 6, 2017

Following the May 2017 election, the fall session began on September 8, 2017.

The following bills relate to real estate and/or impact REALTORS®. For the complete list of legislation introduced during this session, visit the Progress of Bills page on the website of the Legislative Assembly of BC.

Government Bills

Bill 3: Election Amendment Act, 2017
Second Reading: Oct. 4

Proposes amending election financing rules, including the following measures:

  • Only British Columbians (permanent residents or citizens) would be allowed to donate to provincial political campaigns, up to an annual limit of $1,200. This limit would also apply for third-party election advertisers.
  • Donations from corporations and unions would be banned.
  • The expense limit for elections for both parties and candidates would be reduced by about 25%.

The effective date for implementation would be the date of Royal Assent, with a few exceptions. 

The bill also contains several transitional provisions, including restrictions on the use of contributions received before the bill comes into force.

Bill 8: Lobbyists Registry Amendment Act, 2017
Second Reading: Oct. 23

Expands the definition of “former public office holder” to include:

  • Former members of the Executive Council,
  • Former staff members of the former member’s former office, other than administrative staff.
  • A former parliamentary secretary,
  • A former Deputy Minister, Chief Executive Officer or other senior executive position in a ministry, or
  • A former Assistant Deputy Minister, Associate Deputy Minister, or position of comparable rank in a ministry.

The bill also proposes a ban on public officer holders from lobbying elected officials in BC for a period of 2 years.

Bill 16: Tenancy Statutes Amendment Act, 2017
Second Reading: Nov. 2

Proposes amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act to:

  • Restrict a landlord's ability to use a vacate clause in fixed-term tenancy agreements to certain circumstances only; and
  • Limit rent increases between fixed-term tenancy agreements with the same tenant to the maximum annual allowable amount (currently 2% plus inflation).

Members' Bills

Bill M202: Property Law Amendment Act, 2017
First Reading: Oct. 5

Proposes amending the Agricultural Land Commission Act to restrict foreign nationals and corporations from holding more than five acres of land within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Bill M205: Heritage Conservation (First Nations Protection) Amendment Act, 2017
First Reading: October 26

Proposes amending the Heritage Conservation Act to:

  • Require persons to report First Nations heritage objects or remains to the Minister.
  • Allow the Minister to issue temporary emergency protection orders to protect the object or site from immediate threats.
  • Establish the First Nations Heritage Protection Program, which would provide funding to local governments to protect sacred sites.

The bill defines “First Nations heritage site” broadly as “land, whether designated or not, that has heritage value to a First Nation,” and therefore may have implications for private property.