The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is a publicly accountable, statutory corporation formed in 2005 responsible for administering the land title and survey systems of BC. These systems provide the foundation for all real property business and ownership in the province.
The LTSA delivers secure land titles through timely, efficient registration of land title interests and survey records; these services are an essential underpinning to BC's private property market and the civil justice system, and to BC's civic governance, taxation and Crown land management frameworks.
View the LTSA Corporate Fact Sheet.
The LTSA was established to deliver three main services in accordance with the land title and survey enactments:
- Land title registration: Ensure the continued integrity of BC's system for registering land titles, and interests in land such as mortgages and other charges. BC's highly regarded land title registration system provides conclusive evidence of title, and is backed by an assurance fund in the unlikely event of registration error.
- Land survey standards and approvals: Maintain the quality of the BC's land survey structure, including:
- Working with land survey professionals to approve legal survey plans for public and private lands.
- Addressing property boundary issues.
- Crown grant issuance: When requested to do so by the Province, and upon their direction, the LTSA issues Crown grant documents transferring Crown land into private ownership.
Additionally, the LTSA’s responsibilities include ongoing collaboration with the Province to maintain BC’s land title and survey enactments and ongoing liaison pertaining to the administration of legal frameworks for BC’s land title and survey systems.
The LTSA's services are primarily electronically accessed by lawyers, notaries public, land surveyors, certain statutory officers and BC Commissioners, registry agents, and other professionals who provide property-related services to their clients.
By using legal professionals to submit changes to land titles, the public can minimize the risk of fraudulent activity against titles, and the security of the land title system is enhanced by the vigilance provided by these and other professionals.
As provided in the Land Title and Survey Authority Act and the Operating Agreement, the LTSA is accountable to the users of British Columbia's land title and survey systems. Accountability and transparency is achieved through a variety of means, including:
- Public release of an Annual Report outlining performance and achievements and audited financial statements.
- Public release of a three-year Business Plan.
- Five- and ten-year provincial reviews of the LTSA's operational performance.
- Statutory procedures for appointing the LTSA's Board of Directors, and qualification criteria for Directors.
- Regulated safeguards on how the LTSA's revenues are spent and how service fees are established.
- Establishment of an independent Stakeholder Advisory Committee to provide counsel on operational questions.
- Public right of access to all business plans and key policies and decisions.
- Annual general meeting that anyone may attend and raise any questions.
- Adoption of an LTSA public complaints procedure.
- Adherence to freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation.
In addition, the LTSA is designated as a public body for the purposes of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is subject to the Ombudsperson Act.
The LTSA's operations are funded through regulated fee revenue from land title and survey services and myLTSA services provided to customers. Service fees are established in compliance with requirements set out in an Operating Agreement with the Provincial Government.
Net earnings, achieved through prudent financial management, continue to be re-invested to achieve land title and survey public policy objectives.