B.C. government seeks public's ideas for tackling 'dirty money' in real estate

B.C. residents invited to share views and suggest solutions, especially those who have real estate market experience and insight

Glacier Media Real Estate
November 9, 2018

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British Columbians who believe that money laundering is playing a role in corrupting B.C.’s real estate market are now getting a chance to share their views.

The B.C. NDP government's money laundering task force is seeking public input on how British Columbians think so-called “dirty money” has affected real estate in B.C. and what should be done about it.

Finance minister Carole James said in a statement, “We’re in the middle of a serious housing crisis and we need to be diligent to ensure that our housing market is not being used as a hub to launder money. We don't want any gaps in our laws or regulations. Dirty money has no place in British Columbia.”

The Expert Panel on Money Laundering in Real Estate has launched its public consultation as part of its official review of the role dirty money plays in the housing market, and will consider submissions and ideas for solutions, and potentially adopt the best suggestions in its final report, according to the announcement.

The province is open to all submissions, but is especially keen to hear from people with direct experience or insight into the real estate industry who can offer informed solutions to the problems they have encountered.

Maureen Maloney, chair of the expert panel, Simon Fraser University public policy and dispute resolution professor and former B.C. deputy attorney general, said, “We need to know how our markets are being used to launder money before we can make recommendations, and it will help the panel to hear from British Columbians, especially those with direct knowledge of our real estate sector and its legal framework.

“We encourage anyone with these insights and proposed solutions to come forward and have their voices heard.”

British Columbians wanting to find out more about the money laundering in real estate consultation or submit ideas can go to engage.gov.bc.ca/preventingmoneylaundering

Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Media Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, Times Colonist, Prince George Citizen, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also writes and oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condos & Homes, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 23 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist talk radio show on Vancouver's Roundhouse Radio.
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