Land Title Branch seeks new consultants to design e-filing system

The Land Title Branch recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design and build a province-wide system for the electronic filing of land title documents: for a copy of the RFP, see the Land Title Branch webpage at

For background information on the project, see the May-June, 1999, November-December, 1999, January-February, 2000 and March-April, 2000 issues of the Benchers' Bulletin. While the option of paper filing will remain for anyone wishing to use it, the Land Title Branch now expects electronic filing to be ready by the Summer of 2002.

Under the new system, land title documents will be able to be signed and filed electronically from anywhere in B.C., which will ensure better service for clients and a faster response time, since clients in Quesnel or Cranbrook will have the same service as those in Kamloops, New Westminster, Prince George or Victoria where B.C.'s four Land Title Offices are located.

Digital signature and certification technology is currently under development by Juricert, an initiative of the Law Society of B.C., for authenticating paperless land title documents. The LTO initiative is the first of its kind in B.C. and may serve as a model for other proposed electronic filing systems in B.C. and in other provinces.