Ministers Announcement of Review of OSRE & Real Estate Council of BC

The Real Estate Alliance of BC welcomes the announcement of Minister James today to undertake a review of the roles and responsibilities of both the OSRE and Real Estate Council to ensure they are acting in the best interests of British Columbians. Moving forward the Real Estate Alliance of BC would also encourage the Minister to review the regulatory changes introduced by the former government that might harm consumers and the 24,000 licensees in the Province that work diligently with these consumers in undertaking one of the most significant purchases in their lives. We would also welcome the opportunity to contribute to Mr Perrin’s review and look forward to the results.

The Province is launching a review of B.C.’s real estate regulators to make sure that British Columbians are effectively protected, announced Finance Minister Carole James. 

“Buying and selling property can be stressful, and people need to trust the professionals they are working with,” said James. “Our duty as a government is to make sure the regulatory system is protecting people and functioning effectively. We’re launching a review of the province’s real estate regulators, to make sure they’re acting in the best interest of British Columbians.”

The review will examine the roles and responsibilities of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate. Topics under review include the appropriate structure and composition of the regulators, how they should communicate, mechanisms for resolving disputes, and how to divide responsibility for matters such as licensee qualifications and rule making. 

The purpose of this review is to ensure B.C.’s regulatory system is protecting consumers in the real estate market. The review will provide recommendations to the Minister of Finance for consideration by June 15, 2018.

Quick Facts:

  • Dan Perrin, of Perrin, Thorau and Associates Ltd., will lead the review.
  • Perrin is a highly experienced former public servant and has completed several other reviews for government.