The LTSA is established as a regulated authority by legislation and is a publicly accountable, statutory corporation with a mandate to manage, operate and maintain the land title and survey systems of British Columbia. The LTSA is governed by a Board of Directors with input from the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
The LTSA is established through the Land Title and Survey Authority Act. The LTSA's governance, fee regime and operations are established and administered in accordance with numerous provincial statutes and regulations. Key statutes of interest include the following:
- Land Title and Survey Authority Act
- Land Title Act
- Land Act
- Land Survey Act
- Land Surveyors Act
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
- Ombudsperson Act
- Oil and Gas Activities Act
The LTSA is required to meet obligations and performance targets established by the Province through legislation and contractual agreement. In accordance with the Land Title and Survey Authority Act, the LTSA operates in compliance with a written Operating Agreement with the Province.
The current Operating Agreement was restated on June 15, 2015 and in effect as of November 1, 2015 by BC Reg. 151 / 2015. This restated Operating Agreement reflects the following:
- Operating Agreement Amendment dated June 15, 2015
- Operating Agreement Amendment dated August 27, 2014
- Original Operating Agreement dated January 20, 2005
The LTSA reports annually in its public Annual Report about achievement of its performance, including achievement of the performance targets established in the Operating Agreement.
- Land Title Registration: 6 business days
- Crown Land Survey Plan Approval: 21 business days
- Crown Grant Document Issuance: 21 days
Formal performance reviews are conducted every 5 years in accordance with the Operating Agreement; the resulting reports are:
- 2015 - Ten Year Operations Report
- 2010 - Five Year Review of the Performance of the LTSA and the Province under the Original Operating Agreement
The bylaws support accountable governance and authorize fee matters. The Consolidated Bylaws are a compendium of current, approved by-laws of the LTSA Board of Directors.
The following policy statements apply to the LTSA's operations:
- Code of Business Conduct and Ethics Policy
- Direct Access to Operational Records Policy
- Personal Information Protection Policy
The Board Governance Manual establishes and defines guidelines for Board of Directors operations.
From time to time, and in compliance with the Land Title and Survey Authority Act and the Operating Agreement, the LTSA and the Province jointly engage an independent Fee Commissioner to make determinations on LTSA fee changes, or fees for new LTSA products or services: