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The Director of Land Titles has published updated versions of the following land title forms, in effect January 1, 2019:

Form B - Mortgage
  • Item 8 Interest Mortgaged: changed field label from ‘Freehold’ to ‘Fee Simple’
  • Item 12 Execution: updated professional capacity from ‘Commissioner for Taking Affidavits in British Columbia’ to ‘Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia’
Form 17 - Fee Simple
  • Removed nature of interest Land Title Inquiry Act Certificate
Form 17 - Charge, Notation or Filing
  • Added the following natures of interest:
    • Land Title Inquiry Act Certificate
    • Notice of Maintenance Order
    • Postponement Agreement (Court Order)
  • Removed the following natures of interest
    • Court Order Family Maintenance Enforcement Act
    • Postponement of Notice of Property Agreement (Court Order)
Form 17 - Cancellation of Charge, Notation or Filing
  • Added nature of interest Notice of Maintenance Order (Court Order)
Form C - Release
  • Added nature of interest Notice of Maintenance Order
  • Item 8 Execution: updated professional capacity from ‘Commissioner for Taking Affidavits in British Columbia’ to ‘Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia’
Survey Plan Certification
  • Item 3 Certification: updated date fields to allow completion in any order
Form 42 Notice of Maintenance Order
  • Creation of new Land Title Act hardcopy form in support of changes to the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act, section 26, that allow for the filing of Notice of Maintenance Orders instead of a court order.
Local Government Filing Form
  • Modify nature of interest Heritage Status Notice – Vancouver Charter, ensuring a consistent experience when using the Electronic Filing System

These updated land title forms are available for download from a myLTSA Enterprise account or from the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia website. Practitioners are reminded that older versions of the above forms--with the exception of the Survey Plan Certification--are scheduled for retirement on July 2, 2019. Older versions of retired electronic land title forms will only be accepted after the retirement date if true copies were executed prior to the retirement date.

Several form changes result from updates to the Family Maintenance Enforcement Amendment Act (the Act) now in effect. Originally announced by the Province in April 2018, the Act has been amended to provide for the filing of notices of maintenance orders, rather than the order itself, in land title offices. Visit the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program website for more information.

The following documents have also been updated in support of the form changes:

Customers should further note that the EFS Requirements for Electronic Land Title Plans document has been renamed to PDF icon Electronic Land Title Plan and Plan Application Requirements. It has also been reformatted for easier navigation, including the addition of a table of contents and a reorganization of content.

Contact the myLTSA Customer Service team with any questions at customerservice@ltsa.ca or by phone to 604-630-9630 or 1-877-577-LTSA (5872).