Get the Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act
BCLI has issued a Consultation Paper on the Builders Lien Act to gather input from stakeholders and the public at large on detailed proposals for changes to the Act. The Builders Lien Act is a major cornerstone of construction law. It gives contractors, material suppliers, and workers several forms of security for payment for work done or materials supplied to a building site, most notably a lien on the owner’s land. The Act also lets building owners limit their exposure to claims by unpaid subcontractors and workers by maintaining a mandatory 10 percent holdback.
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The Commission has released a final report on Creating Efficiencies in the Law: The Beneficiary Designation Act (Retirement, Savings and Other Plans).
The Commission makes eight recommendations to improve The Beneficiary Designation Act. If implemented, these recommendations would help to fill gaps in the current legislation. This report is limited to reviewing specific aspects of The Beneficiary Designation Act and is not a wholesale review of the Act. It forms part of a series of reports entitled Creating Efficiencies in the Law, which seek to address discrete, straightforward issues that, in the Commission’s view, can be improved with relatively simple legislative amendments.
To read the report, click here.
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Reporter Amanda Jerome from The Lawyer’s Daily, discusses our most recent event of May 15, AI For Lawyers: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence in Ontario’s Legal System.
To read the article click here.
BCLI recommends reforms to the Strata Property Act’s legal framework for common property, land titles, and fundamental changes
In the Report on Common Property, Land Titles, and Fundamental Changes for Stratas, the British Columbia Law Institute’s Strata Property Law Project Committee recommends amending the Strata Property Act and the Strata Property Regulation to shore up three key areas that help to define strata properties as interests in land.
Visit BCLI's website for more info and to download the report.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE & LAW REFORM INSTITUTE OF NOVA SCOTIA Releases discussion Paper on The Intestate Succession Act
The Access to Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia is calling for changes to the Intestate Succession Act, the law that sets out how a person's property is distributed if they die without a will.
Read the Discussion Paper and take their survey.
The Commission has released its final report on The Expropriation Act of Manitoba. The Commission makes 10 recommendations to improve and clarify certain areas of The Expropriation Act.
The report forms part of a series entitled Creating Efficiencies in the Law, which seeks to address discrete, straightforward issues that, in the Commission’s view, can be improved with relatively simple legislative amendments.
To see the full report click here.
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Saskatchewan’s residential tenancies legislation does not apply to life leases. The Condominium Property Act, 1993 also does not apply to life leases. The result is that the rights and obligations of life lease holders are largely governed by the terms of the life lease agreement entered into with the project sponsor
The Commission is considering whether Saskatchewan should enact legislation to regulate life lease developments.
This survey replicates the questions set forth in the Commission's consultation paper. The consultation paper can be viewed on the Commission's website (https://lawreformcommission.sk.ca/publications/).
The public consultation period for this project ends on May 31, 2019.
ALRI is looking to prepare a list of English statutes potentially in force in Alberta. As the first part of that work, we would like to highlight the English statutes that are in regular use. We would appreciate hearing from you about which English statutes still come up in your area of practice.
You can let us know by answering our one question survey available at bit.ly/OldLawAB.
Having a shorter list of what is known to be in force and regularly applied is likely to be more useful than a long list of everything that might be in force. Identifying what's on that longer list will be the focus of a later part of our work.
See our full article in the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch's latest edition of Law Matters.
Important activities by Canadian Law Reform Agencies.