Land Transparency. Protected.
The first-of-its kind in Canada, Land Owner Transparency Register (LOTR) is a registry of information about individuals who are deemed to have an indirect interest in land (e.g. through corporations, trusts and partnerships) which will be housed in a searchable, public database.
Common Questions and Answers
What happens if I do not submit a transparency declaration or report?
According to LOTA, the A statutory decision maker under the Land Title Act, and an employee of the LTSA with a statutory responsibility under LOTA. Registrar must refuse any application to register an interest in land if it is not accompanied by a transparency declaration for each transferee and, if appropriate, transparency report(s). There are additional penalties related to non-compliance
Will my birthdate and social insurance number be made public?
LOTR is subject to the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Birthdate, social insurance number, and other private information will not be visible in public searches.
Can I request that my information be omitted from LOTR?
An individual can make an application to the A statutory decision maker under LOTA and an employee of the LTSA, responsible for the general administration of LOTA and its regulations. Administrator that some or all of their information in LOTR be withheld from public search, if they believe it could threaten the safety or mental or physical health of themselves or a member of their household. All information in LOTR will remain accessible to law enforcement agencies, regulators, and tax authorities.
How will I know if my data is entered correctly into LOTR?
Reporting bodies must take reasonable steps to obtain the required information from relevant individuals. Reporting bodies are also responsible for notifying interest holders of the disclosed information.
What if my information in LOTR is incorrect or has changed?
Reporting bodies are responsible for ensuring their information and that of their interest holders is up to date and correct. If your LOTR information is incorrect or has changed, you must contact the reporting body and ask them to file a new transparency report to correct or update the relevant information. If the reporting body has not fulfilled your request within 3 months, you can then proceed to file an application to request a change or correction of your information.
Terminology and Definitions
There are a number of words used in relation to the Land Owner Transparency Act, and the Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR) which are explained below:
A statutory decision maker under LOTA and an employee of the LTSA, responsible for the general administration of LOTA and its regulations.
As defined in LOTA, this term refers to:
- Beneficial owners in relation to an interest in land registered in the name of a trustee of a relevant trust;
- a corporate interest holder in relation to a relevant corporation; and
- a partnership interest holder in relation to an interest in land registered in the name of a partner of a relevant partnership.
Interest in Land
As defined in LOTA, this term refers to an estate in fee simple; a life estate in land; a right to occupy land under a lease that has a term of more than 10 years, or a right under an agreement for sale to occupy land, or require the transfer of an estate in fee simple.
An individual to whom an interest in land is transferred.
A declaration that is filed by each transferee together with an application to register an interest in land, stating whether the transferee is a reporting body, and, if the transferee is a reporting body, whether the reporting body is a relevant corporation, a trustee or a relevant trust, or a partner of a relevant partnership.
A report that is filed with a transparency declaration on an application to register an interest in land, if the transferee is a reporting body. The transparency report contains information about the reporting body and its interest holder(s). Transparency reports must also be filed independently of a transparency declaration any time there is a change to the reporting body or interest holder’s information, as well as during the transition period when all reporting bodies with a current interest in land will be required to file.
A statutory decision maker under the Land Title Act, and an employee of the LTSA with a statutory responsibility under LOTA to refuse an application to register an interest in land if the transferee fails to submit a transparency declaration with the application and, in the event the transferee is a reporting body fails to submit a transparency report.
A relevant corporation, a trustee of a relevant trust or a partner of a relevant partnership that is required to file a transparency report under LOTA.
The entity that establishes a trust