Anti-Money Laundering

Register Now for Mastering Compliance 2.0

Update – October 20: Mastering Compliance 2.0 is now live. The program and its modules are available for learners on REALTOR Link®. (REALTOR Link® login required)         Pre-register for Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers today! The updated online program provides brokers and compliance officers with the tools to master FINTRAC compliance. This program combines self-paced and

Get Ready for Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers

BCREA’s popular self-paced education program, Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers, is back! This year’s program is touted as “Mastering Compliance 2.0,” with enhancements incorporating feedback from last year. Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers helps managing brokers, compliance officers and administrative staff who contribute to FINTRAC compliance at their brokerage meet FINTRAC’s

Save the Date: Mastering Compliance 2.0 Coming October 2021

This post was updated on August 20, 2021, to incorporate that the Anti-Money Laundering Symposium has been moved to early 2022. This October, BCREA will expand its anti-money laundering support for managing brokers and compliance officers with the launch of an updated online version of Mastering Compliance: Anti-Money Laundering Training for Brokers and followed by

Getting Ready for the June 1 FINTRAC Changes: Virtual Currency Obligations

By: Adam Feldman, CAMS, CAMS-RM, CSC, Guest Contributor The rise of virtual currency If you’ve followed the news lately, you’ve probably noticed the increased prominence that virtual currencies are gaining on the global financial landscape.  A 2019 study estimated that 9% of the global population owns Bitcoin, while British Columbia alone is home to 229

BCREA Video Series: Are You Ready for the June 1 FINTRAC Changes?

In case you haven’t heard, the Financial Transactions & Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) has introduced new and revised regulatory requirements that come into effect on June 1, 2021, that will impact your real estate practice and anti-money laundering obligations. To ensure you’re ready for these changes, BCREA has created a series of short

UPDATE: 2021 Changes to Your Anti-Money Laundering Obligations

FINTRAC: What’s Changed Using LOTR Last updated: June 1, 2021 Overview New and revised regulatory amendments from the Financial Transactions & Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) are now in effect and BCREA has created this resource page to help REALTORS® and brokerages understand their new FINTRAC obligations and how to use BC’s Land Owner Transparency

Getting Ready for the June 1 FINTRAC Changes: Beneficial Ownership

By Adam Feldman, CAMS, CAMS-RM, CSC, Guest Contributor What is a beneficial owner, and why do I need to know?  A beneficial owner is defined in Canadian federal anti-money laundering regulations as an individual who owns or controls 25% or more of an entity. This could be through direct ownership or ownership of another entity. For

Getting Ready for the June 1 FINTRAC Changes: Business Relationships

By Adam Feldman, CAMS, CAMS-RM, CSC, Guest Contributor Brokerages have been required to conduct ongoing monitoring of their business relationships ever since the concept was introduced into regulation in 2014. At that time, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) clarified that a business relationship is established if a brokerage conducts two

UPDATE: New Form Helps Brokerages Meet Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

UPDATE (March 24, 2021): Minor changes have been made to the Why Do REALTORS® Ask for Your Personal Information consumer video to provide greater clarity on the process for receipt of funds and to update the reference to the Individual Identification Information Record. All other aspects of this video remain unchanged. In September, BCREA released

BCREA Advances Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations

Illegal funds have no place in BC’s real estate market. Real estate playing an important role in the lives of British Columbians, serving as one of the key economic drivers in the province. BCREA shows leadership on behalf of REALOTRS® by advocating for smart policy to ensure integrity and transparency and supporting Realtors to help

How REALTORS® Help Prevent Money Laundering in Real Estate: Identifying and Reporting Suspicious Transactions

By: Ellen Baragon, guest contributor Brokerages, managing brokers, compliance officers, brokerage staff and REALTORS® are uniquely positioned to assess certain aspects of a real estate transaction that others may not have access to. By complying with your professional obligations to file a Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) and share suspicious transaction information with the Financial Transactions

Signs You Should File a Suspicious Transaction Report

Filing a Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) can seem like a tough call – what’s considered suspicious? And how do they help anyways? The truth is STRs are an easy and important way for REALTORS® to help protect BC’s economy from money laundering. They also play a key role in helping law enforcement identify money launderers

Anti-Money Laundering Resources

Background Resources Advocacy Last updated: February 10, 2021 Ensuring REALTORS® have the resources to meet anti-money laundering requirements is an important step towards keeping money from criminal activity out of BC’s housing market. BCREA has created this dedicated page to help Realtors access BCREA’s anti-money laundering resources. Throughout the fall, we’ll add to these resources

BCREA Combats Money Laundering Through Participation in Cullen Commission

As a participant in the Cullen Commission, BCREA is providing information about the daily practice realities in real estate. Our participation will help strengthen consumer protection measures and limit money laundering in the real estate sector. The Cullen Commission, established in May 2019, is conducting videoconferencing hearings from May 25 to June 30, 2020. BCREA

BCREA Calls for Increased Federal/Provincial Cooperation to Tackle Money Laundering in BC

Vancouver, BC – February 26, 2020. Today, the BC Real Estate Association makes our opening statement to the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. “We are committed to working with government to better understand this issue and address any pre-existing vulnerabilities within our sector,” says BCREA CEO Darlene Hyde. “It is our hope

New Anti-Money Laundering Initiatives in Development

The issue of money laundering continues to be one of ongoing governmental and public concern. BCREA have taken an active role in the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering In BC, having applied and received formal standing to partake in the process and represent provincial real estate interests. We have also been attending the

BCREA Brings REALTOR® Perspective to Inquiry into Money Laundering

In late October, BCREA began its involvement in the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia by attending a series of public meetings which were held throughout the province. Trevor Hargreaves, BCREA Vice President of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement, attended the meetings in Vancouver, Victoria, and Richmond on behalf of BCREA,

Money Laundering in Canada 2019

Join ABC solutions in Victoria, BC on September 23-25 for Money Laundering in Canada 2019, Canada’s premiere event in the field of money laundering compliance. This year’s theme is Compliance: Making Sense of the Details. The conference promises to be informative and pragmatic, looking at trending crimes, risks, compliance practices and regulatory change. Speakers include

Real Estate Professions Taking the Lead to Curb Money Laundering

Media coverage that captured REALTOR® professionalism On Monday, April 15, 2019, the British Columbia Real Estate (BCREA) headlined the provincial and national news after it released a series of recommendations and best practices to government to help curb money laundering. The recommendations were developed collaboratively with four other organizations: the Real Estate Board of Greater

Anti-Money Laundering: Opportunities for Action

A public inquiry into money laundering has now been ordered. This has been a media favourite for a long time, and certainly since the reports of Peter German and the Expert Panel on Money Laundering in BC Real Estate were published on May 9. Here’s a quick summary of BCREA’s actions, analysis and how we’re

BC’s REALTORS® Welcome Government Recommendations

Vancouver, BC – May 13, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is encouraged by the recommendations set out by the Ministry of Finance’s Expert Panel on Money Laundering led by Maureen Maloney. As the voice of BC’s 23,000 REALTORS®, we appreciate recommendations that will bring more transparency and accountability to all professionals involved

Anti-Money Laundering in Real Estate Sector

REALTORS® are committed to doing their part to ensure that money laundering has no role in the real estate sector. BCREA has worked with other real estate sector organizations to create a joint statement on money laundering, with shared recommendations to government. Recommendations included that government and regulatory agencies better utilize on-the-ground experience of real

BC Real Estate Sector Submits Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations To Government

Vancouver, BC – April 15, 2019. Organizations representing key professions in the BC real estate sector submitted joint recommendations to the provincial and federal governments today to help protect BC’s housing market from money laundering. The participating organizations include the British Columbia Real Estate Association, the Appraisal Institute of Canada – BC Association, BC Notaries

Focus on Anti-Money Laundering

The extent of money laundering in BC is unclear, but two provincial government reviews should help provide more information and the basis for effective action. REALTORS® definitely support efforts to keep the proceeds of crime out of the real estate market. For many years, REALTORS® have been among many professionals subject to federal anti-money laundering

Getting to the Bottom of FINTRAC Compliance

Answers to your burning questions The wait for responses from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) to managing brokers’ top questions submitted at the Conference for Managing Brokers is over! During the conference, attendees submitted questions to the presenters and voted for the questions they most wanted answered. Responses to three

The Role of REALTORS® in Helping the Government Stop Money Laundering

There are a lot of myths out there about REALTORS®, real estate transactions and money laundering. Unfortunately, the public has nowhere to go get unbiased information about REALTORS®’ roles in identifying criminal activity. That’s why BCREA has created an infographic for REALTORS® to share with their networks and help consumers understand the role of REALTORS®

BCREA Supports BC Government’s Money Laundering Investigations

Vancouver, BC – November 27, 2018. As the provincial association for BC’s 11 regional real estate boards and 23,000 REALTORS®, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is deeply concerned by a recent news report that suggests up to $1 billion may have been laundered through Vancouver luxury real estate in 2016. BCREA continues to

Real Estate Transparency to Build Public Confidence

On September 27, Attorney General David Eby and Minister of Finance Carole James announced a two-pronged approach to review money laundering in real estate. BCREA shares the government’s concerns about potential vulnerabilities, and we immediately reached out to offer insights into both reviews. For 18 years, REALTORS® have been subject to federal anti-money laundering regulations