Electronic Survey Plan Submission Now Available to All Land Surveyors, Lawyers and Notaries Public

    KELOWNA, BC, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The Land Title and Survey Authority of
British Columbia (LTSA) and the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors
(ABCLS) announced the official launch of Electronic Survey Plan submission
functionality at the ABCLS Annual General Meeting in Kelowna. In addition to
being able to submit Land Act, Mineral Tenure Act and Petroleum & Natural Gas
Act plans electronically for filing into the Crown Land Registry, electronic
plans prepared pursuant to the Land Title Act and the Strata Property Act can
now be submitted electronically for deposit into the Land Title Registry.
    Submitting electronic plans through the LTSA's Electronic Filing System
(EFS) provides a number of benefits to land surveyors, lawyers, notaries
public and their clients:

    -   Consents and approval signatures can be gathered concurrently and via
        e-mail. This can significantly expedite the approval process where a
        legal plan requires multiple signatures and consents, especially when
        the signing parties do not all reside in the same area.

    -   The need for couriers is eliminated. Transmission of legal plans to
        owners, charge holders, approving officers and the registries is
        instantaneous, saving time and money.

    -   Because electronic transmittal is instantaneous, the land surveyor,
        notary public or lawyer know who has the legal plan and when they
        receive it. No more tracking late or lost packages through couriers
        or estimating arrival times.

    The forms required for Electronic Survey Plans and the accompanying user
guides are available on the LTSA section of BC OnLine. Training on Electronic
Survey Plans for land surveyors can be arranged by calling the LTSA at (250)
952-5021. Training for lawyers or notaries public can be arranged by calling
the BC OnLine Helpdesk at (800) 663-6102 or (250) 953-8200.

    For more information on the Electronic Survey Plan Process, please
consult the attached backgrounder.

    About the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia

    The Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) operates the province's
land title registration and survey systems through offices in Kamloops, New
Westminster and Victoria. The LTSA provides for the registration of all real
property ownership and all private and Crown land surveys through its secure
and reliable systems. Established in 2005 under the Land Title and Survey
Authority Act, the LTSA is an independent corporation committed to enhancing
customer service through continuous innovation and business process
improvements. More information on the LTSA is available at www.ltsa.ca

    About the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors

    The Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) is a
self-governing body charged with the responsibility of setting educational
requirements, examining for admission, establishing land surveying rules and
regulating professional land surveyors to perform legal surveys within British
Columbia. Established in 1905 under the Land Surveyors Act, the ABCLS is
dedicated to governing its members for the protection of the public interest
and the integrity of the survey systems of British Columbia. More information
on the ABCLS is available at www.abcls.ca.

    Backgrounder on Electronic Survey Plans

    Electronic survey plan submission is available to all land surveyors,
lawyers and notaries public in British Columbia having a Juricert-issued
digital signature.
    Aligning with existing Electronic Filing System (EFS) design, two forms
are required for submission of electronic plans to the Land Title Office:

    -   Survey Plan Certification Form. A Plan Image, looking much like a
        mylar legal plan image, except without signature blocks, is attached
        to a Survey Plan Certification Form by the land surveyor who
        conducted the legal survey. The land surveyor applies their digital
        signature to this form certifying that the survey and plan are

    -   An Application to Deposit Plan at Land Title Office Form (Application
        form) is prepared under the direction of a land surveyor, lawyer or
        notary public. The Application form shows much of the information
        that one would see on a paper Application to Deposit Plan form today.
        The Application form also contains signature blocks for all those
        persons who must provide consent or approval in order for a plan to
        be accepted for deposit by the Land Title Office.

    As the legal plan is an electronic image, consenters and approvers cannot
sign it. Rather, they sign a paper copy of the Application form. In practice,
once the Application form is prepared it may be sent, concurrently, and via
e-mail to all consenters and approvers. Recipients print the Application form,
sign it and have their signature witnessed, and then return the signed
Application form by fax or scan it and e-mail it back to the land surveyor,
lawyer or notary.
    Once all the signed copies of the Application forms are received, the
land surveyor, lawyer or notary is in a position to submit the plan to the
Land Title Office through EFS. The land surveyor, lawyer or notary digitally
signs the 'original' Application form certifying that they have in their
possession copies or true copies of the Application form bearing original
signatures. The digitally signed Application form and the digitally signed
Certification form and attached Plan Image are then submitted to the Land
Title Office through EFS.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Beddoes, Deputy Surveyor General, LTSA,
(250) 952-5324; Chuck Salmon, Secretary Treasurer and Registrar, Association
of BC Land Surveyors, (250) 655-7222

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