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In mid-March 2016, the one millionth survey plan was registered by the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia’s (LTSA) land title office. Prepared by Matthew Onderwater, BCLS, the plan is a subdivision in the District of North Vancouver. The application to submit the plan was submitted by Wilfred Chan from Dentons Canada LLP.

The first plan deposited under the Land Registry Act of 1860 was prepared by three land surveyors procured by Governor Douglas, Robert S. Lammat, James Freeman and F.W. Green, and was accepted for deposit by E. Graham Alston, Registrar General for the Colony of Vancouver Island, on October 29, 1861. The second land registry office in history had opened on Vancouver Island earlier that year on April 5, 1861.

The LTSA reached another milestone in February 2016: the five millionth document electronically submitted to the land title office.

These milestones underscore British Columbia’s long history recognizing the importance of strong institutions supporting the secure and reliable administration of land ownership, the key objective of BC’s land title and survey systems.

Quotes:

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations:

“The Province, the LTSA, and the Association of BC Land Surveyors (ABCLS) enjoy a collaborative relationship that ensures the sustainable operations of BC’s land title and survey systems.  The one millionth plan is a milestone representing the work of land surveyors and the LTSA in supporting the economic growth of BC.”

Connie Fair, President and CEO of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia:

“The LTSA works closely with the Province and ABCLS to maintain the quality of the BC's private and Crown land survey structure. The LTSA is focusing on the future of BC’s cadastral survey systems by developing ParcelMap BC: a single, complete, trusted and sustainable electronic map of active titled parcels and surveyed provincial Crown land parcels in BC.”

Chuck Salmon, Secretary/Registrar of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors

“The one millionth plan illustrates how the work performed by the 340 land surveyors in BC is foundational to the real property market in British Columbia. Survey plans legally define property boundaries, and have been the cornerstone of BC’s secure and reliable land title and survey systems for over 150 years.”

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