Steve Carey


Steve is a member of the Immigration, Maritime, Charities + Non-Profit, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. He is also a registered Canadian Trade-mark agent.

Steve has appeared for clients before the Federal Court, British Columbia Provincial and Supreme Courts, and has assisted senior counsel at the B.C. Court of Appeal and in leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada. He articled at the Federal Court, working in complex immigration, copyright, trade-mark, and administrative law matters.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Steve assisted with the design of large software systems as a business analyst and was a newspaper and magazine journalist. Steve regularly blogs on issues of interest to BC societies at

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained judgement and double costs in a subrogated action for the wrongful destruction of property, including a damage award representing the unique nature of the property;
  • Obtained the judicial sale of an arrested ship in the Federal Court, and disbursement of the funds;
  • Negotiated cost-effective settlements for clients enforcing their contracts, copyright and trade-mark rights;
  • Appeared before the BC Utilities Commission, the Surface Rights Board of B.C., and the Oil and Gas Appeals Tribunal in resource and regulatory matters; and
  • Advised on aboriginal and treaty rights, the duty to consult and accommodate, and Impact/Benefit Agreements relating to resource projects.

Immigration and Citizenship

  • Assists businesses in developing immigration plans for key staff and senior executives, as well as establishing branches in Canada;
  • Obtained work permits, labour market impact assessments, BC Provincial Nominations, and other supporting documents for temporary and permanent residence status;
  • Aides entrepreneurs in business purchases and succession, both under the BC Provincial Nominee Program and Owner/Operator Labour Market Impact Assessment streams;
  • Obtained urgent proof of citizenship, passports, as well as travel documents for Canadians and permanent residents;
  • Assists with family class immigration applications, such as spousal and common-law, dependent child, parent/grand-parent, and last-living relative applications;
  • Regularly overcomes admissibility issues, obtains temporary resident permits, and assists with port of entry issues;
  • Advises on NEXUS applications, eligibility, revocations, and issues related to same.

Charities + Non-Profit

  • Transitions under the new BC Societies Act and in incorporations of new BC societies;
  • Advises societies and Canada Not-for-profits seeking to remedy defects in proceedings and to enforce their bylaws against wrongdoing members or directors;
  • Applications to the Canada Revenue Agency for charitable status;
  • Advises societies and private businesses on lobbyist registration laws, both federally and provincially;
  • Aides societies and charities on the law of gifts and charitable trusts;
  • Conducts independent investigations and defamation reviews.

Professional + Community Affiliations

  • CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Subsection, Legislative Liaison
  • CBABC Immigration and Refugee Law Subsection & Overseas Lawyers Group, Member
  • CBABC Maritime Law Subsection, Member
  • Scandinavian Business Club of BC, Member
  • Wyrd Arts Initiatives, Volunteer legal counsel


  • September 2014 – Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
  • June 2014 – Admitted to the Ontario Bar
  • 2013 J.D. University of Calgary
  • 2007 B.Sc. Computer Science (with distinction), University of Victoria

Publications + Presentations

  • September 21, 2017, “Lobbying in Canada: What charities and non-profits need to know”, CBABC Charities and Not-for-Profits Subsection, Speaker
  • February 24, 2017, “International Mobility Program: Employer Portal and Compliance in 2016/2017”, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Speaker
  • November 2016, “Transitioning an Existing Society: A How-to Guide for non-profits in BC”, Peoples’ Law School, Reviewer
  • October 25, 2016, “Welcome to the Societies Act”,Association of Law Libraries, Speaker
  • October 14, 2016, “What is it to work? Work without a permit in Canada”, CLEBC, Speaker
  • April 27, 2016, “From scratches and scrapes to sunken ships: Understanding loss and damage to marine property”,Marine Insurance Association of BC, Speaker
  • January 21, 2016, “Volunteers and the Law”, Canadian Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Subsection Meeting,Law Moderator
  • February 2014, “Salmon, jobs and community: Reconciling mass claims, individuality and aboriginal collectives after the Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-kwa-mish First Nation case”, The Canadian Class Action Review: Vol 9 Iss 2, Author

On A Personal Note

Steve enjoys volunteering in his community, cycling, physical fitness, home-brewing beer and cider from scratch, and most of all, spending time with his wife.

Direct Line: 604.484.1793
Facsimile: 604.484.9793
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Assistant: Kristina Chinn
Direct Line: 604.643.2177