News

BC Notaries supports National Housing Strategy

BC Notaries supports the key investments outlined in federal government’s new National Housing Strategy and its Vision to facilitate access to housing that meets Canadians’ needs and that they can afford, and stable and competitive housing markets. [...] Read More

Many BC Homeowners and Parents Don't Have a Will

Vancouver, BC – The Province of British Columbia has declared April 9 to 15, 2017 “Make a Will Week” to encourage the many British Columbians who don’t have a current Will to prepare one, and to encourage families to discuss the topic and future planning. New research shows a significant gap between the number of British Columbians who own a home and those with a legal Will in place, particularly among those under the age of 35. [...] Read More

Year-End Real Estate Report: First Time Buyers

Vancouver, BC - A December survey of BC Notaries across the province found that more first-time buyers are benefiting from financial support from their parents in amassing down payments on their first home purchase than in previous years, and those down payment percentages were often higher since new federal lending regulations were introduced in October. [...] Read More

BC Notaries Elect 2016–2017 Board of Directors

Vancouver, BC—The Society of Notaries Public of BC elected their Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year at their Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, BC recently. [...] Read More

New BC Notaries Real Estate Report – August 2016

Vancouver, BC—The Society of Notaries Public of B.C. conducted an internal survey of 103 Notaries practicing across British Columbia between July 11 and 25, 2016; coincidentally concluding on the day the Province of B.C. announced a new 15% property transfer tax for foreign real estate buyers in Metro Vancouver. [...] Read More

Most Frequent Home Buying and Selling Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

The Society of Notaries Public of BC conducted an internal online survey of Notary members on key real estate topics in November 2015, which identified the most frequent mistakes or misunderstandings made by people either selling or buying residential real estate. [...] Read More

Five Ways a Legal Will Can Protect Family Members

BC Notaries support the Province of B.C.’s proclamation declaring April 10 – 16, 2016 “Make-a-Will Week” to encourage residents who don’t have a Will to create one to ensure their final wishes are clear and carried out after their death. [...] Read More

March 2016 BC Notaries Real Estate Report - First Time Home Buyers Top Questions

The Society of Notaries Public of BC conducted an internal online survey of Notary members on key real estate topics in November 2015, which identified the most frequent questions First-Time Home Buyers ask their Notary. [...] Read More

January 2016 BC Notaries Real Estate Report - Foreign Buyers

The Society of Notaries Public of BC conducted an internal online survey of members on key real estate topics in November 2015 and found the 133 participants reported that 5% of all residential real estate transactions managed by BC Notaries province-wide represent foreign buyers. [...] Read More

Many First-Time Buyers Getting Help from Mom and Dad

Vancouver, BC—The Society of Notaries Public of BC conducted an internal online survey of members on key real estate topics in November 2015 and found that more than half of Notaries’ first-time home buyer clients are typically getting help with their down payment from parents. [...] Read More

BC Notaries Housing Tips for Seniors

With real estate prices and affordable housing a frequent topic of discussion throughout the province, The Society of Notaries Public of BC is offering tips and resources to help BC’s seniors stay in their homes, find appropriate new housing or connect with available support in recognition of National Seniors’ Day on October 1. [...] Read More

President’s Award of Excellence

The Society of Notaries Public of BC bestowed the Presidential Award of Excellence to Chilliwack Notary Scott Simpson at their semi-annual conference in Whistler, BC on Saturday, September 12. [...] Read More

Elder Abuse Prevention Tools

Vancouver, BC – BC Notaries welcome the Province of B.C.’s proclamation declaring June 15 “Elder Abuse Awareness Day” to help raise awareness of disturbing and serious scams that can be devastating to seniors and their families. [...] Read More

Five Reasons Under 50's Should Have a Will

Vancouver, BC – BC Notaries support the Province of B.C.’s proclamation declaring April 6 to 12, 2015 “Make a Will Week” to encourage residents who don’t have a Will to create one to ensure their final wishes are clear and carried out after their death [...] Read More

Make a Will Week

Vancouver, BC – BC Notaries support the Province of B.C.’s proclamation declaring April 6 to 12, 2015 “Make a Will Week” to encourage residents who don’t have a Will to create one to ensure their final wishes are clear and carried out after their death. In many cases, this requires the creation of a new Will and – for others – ensuring an existing Will is up-to-date and reflects current circumstances and instructions. [...] Read More

BC Notaries’ Bust Common Home Buying Myths

Vancouver, BC – BC Notaries are already seeing signs of a strong Spring real estate market on the horizon. With record low interest rates continuing for the foreseeable future, first-time home buyers and investors are increasingly attracted to the market. Vacancy rates for rentals are very low and rents continue to increase year-over-year further boosting enthusiasm among renters looking to buy, and buyers looking to rent. [...] Read More

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Create a Will in 2015

Vancouver, BC – Only 55% of British Columbians have a current and legal Will, according to a province-wide poll conducted by Mustel Group for The Society of Notaries Public of BC. [...] Read More

Helpful Information for Travelling and Migrating Seniors

Vancouver, BC – When the rain and dark clouds return to BC for the fall and winter months, tens of thousands of “snowbirds” will migrate south or abroad for the winter. In honour of National Seniors Day on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the Society of Notaries Public of BC is sharing a few helpful tips for seniors and the many British Columbian boomers who head south in the winter for short or extended stays. [...] Read More

First-Time Home Buyers Tips for Busy Spring Market

Vancouver, BC – BC Notaries throughout B.C. have been experiencing a strong Spring market; particularly in Vancouver, Victoria, and in resource-based towns including Kitimat and Fort St. John. [...] Read More

April 16 is Advance Care Planning Day

Vancouver, BC—This Wednesday April 16 is Advance Care Planning Day across Canada, and the Society of Notaries Public is encouraging British Columbians, especially baby boomers, to take charge of their own healthcare by planning for a time when they can’t express their own healthcare wishes. [...] Read More

Make a Will Week

Vancouver, BC – Only 55% of British Columbian adults have a current and legal Will, according to a province-wide poll conducted in March 2014 by Mustel Group for The Society of Notaries Public of BC. This research coincides with the Province of BC’s proclamation that March 31 to April 6 is “Make a Will Week” to encourage more British Columbians to create a Will or bring an existing Will up-to-date. [...] Read More

BC Notaries Welcome 2014 BC Budget Support for First-time Home Buyers

BC Notaries are pleased that the Provincial government has recognized the high cost of home ownership in BC for first time buyers, and made it a little bit easier to enter the housing market. In the BC budget released today, Finance Minister Mike DeJong announced that more first-time home buyers will pay less property transfer tax. [...] Read More

BC Notaries Look Forward to Joint Task Force Recommendations; Improved Access to Legal Services

Vancouver, BC –The Society of Notaries Public of BC (BC Notaries) today responded to the Law Society of British Columbia’s unanimous approval in principle of recommendations intended to transform the regulation and delivery of legal services in BC. These recommendations include the Law Society and BC Notaries working together to seek a merger of regulatory operations. [...] Read More

2013-2014 Board of Directors Elected

Vancouver, BC— The Society of Notaries Public of B.C. elected its Board of Directors for the year 2013/2014 at their Annual General Meeting on September 21. [...] Read More

Helpful Resources for BC Seniors

Vancouver, BC – The Society of Notaries Public of BC is sharing a few helpful resources, tips and links for seniors, and the many British Columbian boomers who are approaching their golden years, in honour of National Seniors Day on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. [...] Read More

Society Announcements

Notice concerning a Fake Notary [...] Read More

Back to School 2013

Vancouver, BC—One important back-to-school item that most post-secondary students may not be aware of is a Power of Attorney for parents, particularly when adult children are studying away from home. [...] Read More

10 Essential Tips for Strata Property Buyers

Vancouver, BC—The popularity of strata title properties is rising in BC as both first-time buyers and empty nesters embrace their relative financial accessibility and convenience. Strata ownership is a great alternative to owning and maintaining a house, but the Society of Notaries of BC caution that buyers need to understand it is a different form of ownership and those considering a purchase should know exactly what they are acquiring. [...] Read More

Take Charge of Healthcare Decisions

With National Advance Care Planning Day approaching on Monday, April 16, Notaries Public across the province are encouraging British Columbians, especially baby boomers, to take charge of their own healthcare by planning for a time when they can’t make their own decisions. [...] Read More

Advance Care Planning Backgrounder

Why Advance Care Planning is Important One of the most important and caring things people can do for themselves—and their loved ones—is to prepare in advance for a time when they may not be able to express their own needs and wishes. [...] Read More

New Wills, Estates and Succession Act

Vancouver, BC - John Eastwood, President of The Society of Notaries Public of BC, said today that The Society welcomes the new Government of BC legislation regarding the Wills, Estates and Succession Act. The Act will provide greater certainty for individuals who put their last wishes into writing and it will simplify the work of the executors of the estate. [...] Read More

BC Notaries Elect 2012-2013 Board of Directors - Retain Strong Leadership

Vancouver, BC—The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia elected their Board of Directors for the 2012–2013 year at their Annual General Meeting on September 16, 2012. John Eastwood of South Delta, President of The Society for the past two years, was elected for a second term of office. [...] Read More

Changing Face of Families Reinforces Importance of Planning

Vancouver, BC - The Society of Notaries Public of B.C. welcomed yesterday’s Statistics Canada’s 2011 census data on families, households and marital status which showed increasing diversity in the composition and mix of Canada’s and B.C.’s families. [...] Read More

Refinancing

Half of British Columbians Have Accessed Home Equity through Refinancing or Lines of Credit. [...] Read More

About The Society

700 - 625 Howe Street Box 44, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T6
  • Phone: (604) 681-4516
  • Fax: (604) 681-7258
  • Toll-Free: (800) 663-0343
  • E-mail: General Inquiries