During 2002, the British Columbia Expropriation Compensation Board worked on a
proposal for reform of the Expropriation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 125.
The objective was to incorporate alternative dispute resolution procedures into
the Board's functions.
A paper on this subject was presented to the annual conference of the
British Columbia Expropriation Association
on October 26, 2002. The paper was titled, "New Directions for the Board in
Case Management and Early Dispute Resolution". It contained several Appendices,
consisting of an April 19, 2002 letter to the B.C.E.A., three sub-committee reports
and a schedule of recommended legislative changes. Shortly thereafter, on November 7,
2002, the Board produced a shorter version of the paper (excluding some of the Appendices)
which was posted on the Board's website. The website invited comments on the proposal
and the deadline for submissions was set at November 30, 2002.
Legislative amendments were enacted in 2003 to give the Board mediation powers.
However, those amendments were never brought into force. On October 19, 2004, the
B.C. Legislature approved a government bill to abolish the British Columbia Expropriation
Compensation Board and transfer most of its functions to the British Columbia Supreme
Court. These amendments took effect March 18, 2005.
Both versions of the 2002 paper have been published on ExLaw and will be
maintained here indefinitely for historical reference purposes.