Building the Council’s Next Strategic Plan: We Want to Hear from You
At the Council we are embarking upon a robust process to develop our next strategic plan. Our goals include enhancing consumer protection and building public confidence in the province’s real estate sector.
To help us develop this next plan, we are engaging members of the public, real estate licensees, representatives of organized real estate, related organizations and regulatory bodies, government and our staff and council members in a dialogue to inform our strategic priorities for the next three years. Your input and feedback will be invaluable in this process.
Later this month, we will be holding a stakeholder engagement forum, bringing together representatives from a variety of sectors in a discussion about the needs of real estate consumers and licensees in BC. We will focus on critical issues that real estate consumers, licensees, and regulatory agencies are facing, and actions the Council can take to increase consumer protection and standards of professionalism within the real estate industry.
The Council wants to hear your thoughts about the future direction of real estate regulation in BC. To contribute your feedback, complete our online survey: The Future of Real Estate Regulation in BC.
2017 Annual Report: Preparing for the Future of Real Estate Regulation
The Council’s Annual Report for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is now available online. Titled Focus Forward, it reflects the Council’s renewed emphasis on continuous improvement, transformation and innovation. We have focused our efforts towards building on the strong foundation established over many years of regulatory experience, to create a future that will work even better for real estate consumers and practitioners.
We’ll continue to work toward that future in 2017-18 and beyond: reviewing licensing education that will shape the path for entry into the real estate profession in BC; rethinking the Council’s compliance and investigation processes to ensure their relevance and maximize effectiveness; and increasing consumer outreach to help home buyers and sellers make informed decisions that are in their best interests.
We’re facing the future with confidence. As we embark on a multi-year transformation, we’re focused on becoming more efficient, making increased use of technology to regulate effectively, and listening closely to the needs and goals of our stakeholders, real estate consumers and real estate licensees.
Highlights of the 2016-17 Annual Report:
Council Members Reappointed
On October 27, 2017, six Council members were re-appointed to their positions by the provincial government, for one-year terms. The re-appointments maintain the total number of serving Council members at 12. All Council members are appointed by the provincial government.
Robert D. Holmes, Q.C., has been re-appointed as Chair of the Council. Mr. Holmes is an experienced litigator and arbitration lawyer, and has previously served as President of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., as president of the BC Civil Liberties Association, and on the Provincial Council of the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
Robert Gialloreto has been re-appointed as Vice Chair. Mr. Gialloreto is president and CEO of Consumer Protection BC, which promotes a fair marketplace for BC consumers and businesses. Prior to this role, he was the president and CEO of Tourism Victoria, the destination marketing organization for Greater Victoria.
Also re-appointed for one year terms are:
- John L. Daly of Vancouver, former news reporter for Global BC from 1980 to 2016.
- Kevin Lonsdale of Nanaimo, executive director for Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers.
- Elana Mignosa of Vancouver, the chief financial officer for British Columbia Clinical and Support Services.
- Laurie Sterritt of Vancouver, an independent management consultant.
Amendments to Council Committees and Committee Remuneration Bylaws
At its August 2017 meeting, Council approved amendments to section 3-8 of the General Bylaws, Remuneration and expenses for council committee members. The amendments clarify the calculation of compensation for Council members and non-Council members who sit on disciplinary hearing committees and other Council committees. Read Bylaw 3-8.
At its September meeting, the Council approved an amendment to section 3-7 of the General Bylaws, Council committees. The amendment established a Council committee on Policy and Legislative Consultation to provide input and advice on legislative and policy matters, including proposed or potential changes to the Act, or regulations, Rules or bylaws made under the Act, and related council policies and procedures. Read Bylaw 3-7.
Reminder: Report Changes Promptly
If you have changed your name, address, phone number or email address, advise the Council promptly. To report changes, phone or email the Council’s Licensing Department, at [email protected], or toll-free at 1-877-964-.
Give us Your Number: When you contact the Council about a licensing matter, please have your licence number handy. Many licensees have the same surname, but your licence number is unique. Not sure of your licence number? You can find it using the Licensee Search feature on the Council’s website.