2017 Legislative Session: 6th Session, 40th Parliament
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2017 Legislative Session: 6th Session, 40th Parliament

Last updated: March 24, 2017

The winter session began on February 15, 2017 and adjourned on March 16, 2017. The brief session saw 11 government bills, 38 opposition bills and one government private member’s bill introduced. Seven pieces of legislation were passed.

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 8: Budget Measures Implementation Act, 2017
First Reading: Feb. 21

Proposes amending the Property Transfer Tax Act, as follows:

  • Increases by $25,000 the dollar amount in respect of which the first-time home buyer tax exemption may be applied.
  • Adds authorization for the provision of taxpayer information for the administration and enforcement of the Home Owner Grant Act.

As is customary in election years, the budget was not passed, and will be reviewed by the incoming government. 

Members' Bills

Bill M205: Property Law and Land Title Amendment Act, 2017
First Reading: Feb. 16
Tabled by Mr. Andrew Weaver, Oak Bay – Gordon Head, Green Party

 Proposes amending the Property Law Act, as follows:

  • Adds a definition of the agricultural land reserve as defined under the Agricultural Land Commission Act, and restricts foreign nationals and foreign corporations from holding land within the agricultural land reserve above a maximum acreage.

Bill M224: Endangered Species Act, 2017
First Reading: Feb. 27
Tabled by Mr. Andrew Weaver, Oak Bay – Gordon Head, Green Party

Proposes a new statute, the Endangered Species Act, intended to:

  • protect species from becoming endangered, threatened, at risk, extirpated, or extinct,
  • rehabilitate native species with dwindling populations,
  • protect wildlife habitat and
  • safeguard complete ecosystems so they can remain balanced and self-regulated.

Bill M226: Species at Risk Protection Act, 2017
First Reading: Feb. 28
Tabled by Mr. George Heyman, Vancouver – Fairview, NDP 

Proposes a new statute, the Species at Risk Protection Act, intended to:

  • identify species at risk,
  • protect species at risk and their habitats,
  • work towards the survival and recovery of species that are at risk and
  • promote stewardship activities to assist in the protection, survival and recovery of species that are at risk.