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- British Columbia Buildings Corporation
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The British Columbia Buildings Corporation was established as a Crown corporation on June 30 1976 in accordance with the British Columbia Buildings Corporation Act. The Corporation was frequently referred to as the province’s largest landlord. Its mandate was to “identify the…accommodation…service requirements of the British Columbia Government, and to satisfy those needs in a responsive and cost-effective manner” as well as to provide a “system of accountabilities for the planning and providing of accommodation.” The first President and Chief Executive Officer was appointed May 1977 and official operations commenced on April 1, 1978. The fiscal agent of the corporation was the Minister of Finance.
The BCBC was to consist of no more than nine directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The President reported to the Board of Directors, who in turn reported to the relevant Minister. By 1992, five groups (Marketing and Client Services, Project Development, Real Estate, Property Management, and Administration) reported to the President. These groups developed from the four established in 1988 (Planning and Client Services, Development, Real Estate, and Administration)
The BCBC operated several regional offices across the province with a head office in Victoria. The original regional offices were located in Burnaby, Kamloops, and Prince George, although by 1983 the duties of the Kamloops office had been transferred to the Prince George location. At the same time, two of twenty Building Management Units were eliminated, which was followed by a further three the following year when Cranbrook combined with Nelson, Dawson Creek with Prince George, and Tranquille with Kamloops.
By 1997, the organization had grown to include eight administrative districts with 70 service centres and remote offices. The administrative districts included Victoria, Vancouver Island/North, Vancouver, Burnaby/New Westminster/Tri Cities, Fraser, Thompson/Okanagan/Cariboo, Kootenay/Columbia Boundary, Skeena/Central Interior/Peace.
By the early 1990s, BCBC chaired the Crown Management Group’s Environment Committee and was a member of the Capital Regional District Round Table on the Environment. By 1994, the BCBC had a portfolio of more than 3,400 buildings.
The Corporation was dissolved in 2006 under section 9 of the Public Agency Accommodation Act. Its assets, properties, and rights were transferred to the provincial government and as of 2016 they were administered by Accommodation and Real Estate Services within the Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizens’ Services.
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