The British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is a non-profit, public interest law office. Its creation in 1981 reflected the fundamental belief that it should not only be the rich and powerful that are represented before our courts and regulators. For those bodies to function as they should, they must hear from all of those affected by their decisions. Our task is to provide representation to groups that would not otherwise have the resources to effectively assert their interests.

BCPIAC Mission

The British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a non-profit society that advances the interests of groups that are generally unrepresented or underrepresented in issues of major public concern.

We advocate
  • the interests of residential consumers, and in particular low-income groups, in the regulation and deregulation of services,
  • the interests of disadvantaged groups in obtaining access to justice and equality before the law, and
  • unmet advocacy needs in both established and emerging areas,
We do this by
  • advancing these interests before courts and administrative tribunals, and using other strategies where these are more likely to be effective,
  • coordinating with other service providers to ensure the most effective allocation of resources, and
  • continuing to develop as a community resource providing legal services including advocacy, analysis, public education and information.

BCPIAC Constitution

The Public Interest Advocacy Society does it’s work under the name BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. The Society’s purpose is stated in its Constitution.

BCPIAC gratefully acknowledges the continued financial support that the Law Foundation of BC has provided over the years.

LWE-logo-Blue-BlackBCPIAC is proud to be a Living Wage Employer. To find out more visit the Living Wage Campaign.

The $10 a Day Child Care Campaign is the solution to the child care crisis in British Columbia. BCPIAC supports this initiative. Find out how you can take action in support of the campaign.