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Resources & Legislation

Resources & Legislation

BCCSW Strategic Priorities 2021-2025

BCCSW Strategic Directions 2018-2020


BCCSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

BCCSW Policy Manual 2010

Labour Mobility in Canada

The British Columbia College of Social Workers’ authority comes from the Social Workers Act and the Social Workers Regulation.

Summary of Relevant Legislation (edited January 2018)

If you have trouble accessing the links below, please go to www.bclaws.ca or call the BC Laws customer service line at 1-866-236-5544.

Adoption Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96005_01

Adoption Act and Financial Administration ActADOPTION REGULATION – [includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 175/2017, September 25, 2017]


Adult Guardianship Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96006_01

S. 32 – Obtaining a statutory property guardian (incapacity). S. 46 – reporting abuse or neglect.

Age of Majority Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/lc/statreg/96007_01

S. 1 establishes the age of majority as 19, from April 15, 1970.

Canada Health Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-6) https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-care-system/canada-health-care-system-medicare/canada-health-act.html

The CHA establishes criteria and conditions related to insured health services and extended health care services that the provinces and territories must fulfill to receive the full federal cash contribution under the Canada Health Transfer (CHT).

 Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) https://www.canlii.org/

A consolidation of judicial legal decisions, commentary, criminal convictions and sentencing as public record.

Child, Family and Community Service Act, (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_96046_01

Care agreements for child and youth – S. 14 duty to report need for protection

Community Care and Assisted Living Act (SBC 2002) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02075_01

Continuing Care Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96070_01

Government contracted care facilities – Minister appointed. NB. Nothing on incapacity

Crime Victim Assistance (General) Regulation 161/2002 http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/161_2002

S. 36 (3) Schedule 2 – Describes types of Counselling and maximum hourly rates for crime victims

Criminal Code of Canada (R.S.C., 1985 –Federal) http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/

Criminal Records Review Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_96086_01

E-Health (Personal Health Information Access and Protection of Privacy) Act (SBC 2008) http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_08038_01

Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation 265/2002 http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/265_2002

Defines social worker as a “prescribed professional”. Defines “daily living activities”.

Excise Tax Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-15) http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-15/page-1.html

Social work defined in Part II 7.2 and 14 (b) (i)

Revised GST Interpretation http://www.bcasw.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/UPLOAD-GST-excm-ap-2016.pdf

Family Law Act (SBC 2011) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/11025_01

Including: child support guidelines, family dispute resolution, family justice counsellor, parenting arrangements, parenting coordinator.

Family Law Act Regulations (BC Reg. 42/2013) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/roc/roc/331105891

Set minimum training and practice standards for family dispute resolution professionals (family mediators, parenting coordinators and family arbitrators).

Federal Child Support Guidelines (SOR/97-175) – Divorce Act  http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-97-175/FullText.html

Freedom of Information and protection of Privacy Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/96165_00

Access to information held by an ‘official body’

 Health Authorities Act BC (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96180_01

Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96181_01

Health Care Costs Recovery Regulation 397/2008 http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/lc/statreg/397_2008

S. 3 (b) (ii) -social work – paid for by a regional health board

Health Professions Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96183_01

Umbrella legislation regulating health professionals (except Social Workers).

Hospital Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96200_01

Hospital District Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96202_01

Hospital Insurance Act (RSBC 1996)  http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96204_01

Human Rights Code (RSBC 1996)  http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_96210_01

Infants Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96223_01

S. 17 – Consent of infant to medical treatment

Marriage Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96282_01

Medical Assistance In Dyingfederal statute amendment of the Criminal Code- Federal Bill C-14 http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-14/royal-assent

Mental Health Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96288_01

Voluntary and involuntary detention S. 22 – 48 hr. with one sign off, longer if 2nd sign off within 48 hr.  

Ministry of Health Act BC (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96301_01

Including collection, use and disclosure of personal information by a public health care body

Ombudsperson Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96340_01

Patients Property Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96349_01

Personal Information Protection Act (SBC 2003) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/consol17/consol17/00_03063_01

Disclosure of service user information/record keeping/breaking confidentiality

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA- Federal) https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/privacy-topics/privacy-laws-in-canada/the-personal-information-protection-and-electronic-documents-act-pipeda/

Power of Attorney Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96370_01#section2

Public Guardian and Trustee Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96383_01

Administration of a person’s property – S. 7-young person’s financial or legal affairs.

Public Health Act (SBC 2008) http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_08028_01

Representation Agreement Act (RSBC 1996) – NB. Not for incapable people http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/consol25/consol25/00_96405_01

S. 2- The purpose of this Act is to provide a mechanism

(a) to allow adults to arrange in advance how, when and by whom, decisions about their health care or personal care, the routine management of their financial affairs, or other matters will be made if they become incapable of making decisions independently, and

(b) to avoid the need for the court to appoint someone to help adults make decisions, or someone to make decisions for adults, when they are incapable of making decisions independently.

Representative for Children and Youth Act (SBC 2006) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/06029_01

Residential Tenancy Act (SBC 2002) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/02078_01

Society Act (RSBC 1996) – Act is current to January 10, 2018 http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96433_01

Workers Compensation Act (RSBC 1996) http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/96492_00

Youth Justice Act (SBC 2003) http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/03085_01

Youth Criminal Justice Act (Federal – 2002) http://www.laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/Y-1.5/index.html

BC Supreme Court Rules – including how to start a claim