Series GR-3529 - Legal matters and other administrative records

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Legal matters and other administrative records

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  • 1991-1998 (Creation)
    British Columbia Assets and Land Corporation

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20 cm of textual records

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The British Columbia government established the company as W.L.C. Developments Ltd. in January 1983, under the Company Act. A Crown-owned company, with a government-appointed board of directors, its purpose was to develop and sell several Crown land properties in Whistler, B.C., in order to recover government costs in Whistler. In its first year of operation, the company satisfied the creditors of the Whistler Village Land Co. Ltd., and began significant expenditures for an 18-hole golf course, a conference centre, and village infrastructure.

In 1997 the Province restructured the Whistler-based company and expanded its role to carry out the marketing and sale of surplus Crown lands throughout British Columbia -- work previously done through the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing. On October 21, 1997 the Province entered into an agreement to employ W.L.C. Developments Ltd. to conduct these sales. At the same time, the government indicated it intended to increase the sale of surplus Crown lands.

On March 27, 1998, the W.L.C. Developments Ltd. board of directors approved a change of name -- to British Columbia Assets and Land Management Corporation. This was amended the following month to a shorter name, British Columbia Assets and Land Corporation (Incorporation No. 258741), known in government and business circles as BCAL. Treasury Board (in February 1998) and cabinet (March 1998) approved expanding the mandate of the corporation to include Crown land tenure administration and management, and Crown land dispositions under the Land Act. Tenures on provincial Crown land ranged from recreational properties to commercial ski resorts; BCAL annually received and processed thousands of applications for renewals and new tenures. Also in 1998 the company was assigned the additional responsibility of selling government assets such as vehicle fleets and information systems.

In 2001 the duties, powers and functions respecting the British Columbia Assets and Land Corporation were transferred to the Minister of Sustainable Resource Management.

In 2002 the British Columbia Assets and Land Corporation was renamed Land and Water British Columbia Inc. (LWBC). Previously the company had focused on land activities only. Through strategies identified in the Core Services Review, the mandate of the corporation was now expanded to include responsibilities for managing and making decisions regarding the use of water resources as well, including water licensing and allocation.

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The series consists of nine files of administrative records, including four on legal matters relating to First Nations, aboriginal title, judicial decisions and a legal challenge over land use. Files relate to the Delgamuukw case, the Te’Mexw Treaty Association, Beecher Bay Indian Band, T’Souke Band, Songhees Band, Malahat Band, Nanoose Band, and Yale Band.

The series includes records created before the W.L.C. Developments Ltd. name was changed to the British Columbia Assets and Land Corporation, in 1998. One file includes documentation regarding that change of name.

The series also includes records related to LandData BC, Crown Land Account annual reports, and Treasury Board submissions.

Record types consist of correspondence which includes legal advice, judicial decisions, memoranda, briefing notes, discussion papers, presentations, annual reports, and news clippings.

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Transferred by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Financial Services Branch in 2016.


An artificial series was created when the archivist applied selective retention. They are arranged numerically according to their ARCS number.

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The records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts, and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia. Consult BC Archives staff regarding use, reproduction and publication.

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Accession number(s): 94-7463

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