Can Local Governments Purchase and Sell Land and Improvements Without Restriction?

The general rule with regard to local governments is that they do not have the power to do anything except that which they are authorized to do through legislation. There is a vast array of legislation that apply to local governments but the three primary pieces of legislation are the Community Charter [SBC 2003] Ch. 26 (the “Charter”), the Local Government Act [RSBC 2015] Ch.1 (the “LGA”) and the Vancouver Charter [SBC 1953] Ch. 55 (the “Vancouver Charter”).  A review of these pieces of legislation provides an outline of the ability of local government to acquire and dispose of real property and the process involved. Continue reading “Can Local Governments Purchase and Sell Land and Improvements Without Restriction?”

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British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal Act

In 2012, the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act (“Act”) was passed with the objective of using technology and alternative dispute resolution methods to increase access to justice for people with strata property and small claims disputes. The creation of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (“CRT”) was in response to concerns raised surrounding the timely access to justice and the costs associated with arbitration and court proceedings.

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