In 1971, the Law Reform Commission of British Columbia released a lengthy report
into the law of expropriation in British Columbia. The report contained
numerous recommendations for law reform. Many of the recommendations were
incorporated into the Expropriation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 125, which
came into force many years later on December 24, 1987.
Although dated now, this report continues to provide useful insight into
policies that underlie the Expropriation Act. It has been cited frequently
in numerous expropriation decisions released since 1987.
The British Columbia Law Reform Commission no longer exists, its funding having
terminated in 1997. However a new privately funded non-profit organization, the
British Columbia Law Institute, was created to take up a similar role. The Law Institute
acquired the entire collection of Law Reform Commission publications, many of which are
available from the Law Institute website. The Law Institute website is located at
A link to the Report on Expropriation is also available below.