Fall Cleaning: Enactment of Housekeeping Amendments to the Insurance Act

By way of some further housekeeping amendments, a recent Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Counsel made on September 26, 2013, has enacted various sections of the Insurance Act.  In particular, section 155 is immediately enacted and sections 156 and 157 are to come into force on March 31, 2014.   These sections provide:

  • S. 155 – Sections 37 and 92 are amended by repealing the definition of “spouse” and substituting the following:

“spouse” means a person who

(a) is married to another person, or
(b) is living with another person in a marriage-like relationship.

For reference, the now former definition of “spouse” in section 37 and 92 provided:

“spouse” means a person who

(a) is married to another person, or
(b) is living and cohabiting with another person in a marriage-like relationship, including a marriage-like relationship between persons of the same gender.

  • S. 156 – Sections 61 (2), 68 (1), 119 (2) and 127 (1) are amended by striking out “Wills Act,” and substituting “Wills, Estates and Succession Act,”.
  • S. 157 – Sections 76 (2), 78, 79 (1), 80, 81 and 104 (2) are amended by striking out “Survivorship and Presumption of Death Act” and substituting “Presumption of Death Act”.

Further, the Insurance Act re-defines itself with a new citation.  The Order in Council also amends the Regulation’s definition of the “Act” to  substitute the citation for the Act with R.S.B.C. 2012, c. 1.

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