A Guide to Administrative Law in BC

What is Administrative Law?

All levels of government make laws and regulations that affect us every day. For example, the municipal government makes laws about whether a certain type of business can operate in a particular neighbourhood; the provincial government makes laws about the minimum wage and number of hours that an employer has to give to an employee; the federal government makes laws about our right to employment insurance and the rates we pay for telephone service; and some specialists, such as doctors and accountants, are governed by organizations that establish rules for practising their professions.

The resolution of disputes involving government laws and how they are applied is called administrative law.

If you disagree with a decision that a particular government agency has made that affects you, a special board (an administrative tribunal) will hear your complaint and make a decision about your case. For example, if a federal government agency has denied you employment insurance benefits when you lost your job, a special tribunal would hear your complaint.