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WET 219 - Applied Water Law - Indigenous Rights

British Columbia - Adverse Possession Law

The adverse possession is also known as "squatter's rights" was abolished in British Columbia effective June 1, 2013. 

According to Section 28 of the British Columbia Limitations Act, a person cannot acquire land through adverse possession. However, the act does not interfere with adverse possession of:

  • Any right or title to land acquired by adverse possession prior to July 1, 1975. Thereby potentially affecting Indigenous lands acquired via adverse possession. 
  • Parcel of land with unregistered interests.

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