Service of Parties (Statutory Provisions)
Last revised April 16, 2018

Service on the Crown, the Attorney General of Canada or any other Minister of the Crown.

Personal service of an originating document on the Crown, the Attorney General of Canada or any other Minister of the Crown is effected by filing the original and two paper copies of it at the Registry.
Federal Court Rules, SOR/98-106, s. 133

Service on Her Majesty the Queen in Right of British Columbia

A document to be served on the government shall be served on the Attorney General at the Ministry of the Attorney General in the City of Victoria.
Crown Proceeding Act, RSBC 1996 c 89, s 8.

Service on the Attorney General of British Columbia

A document to be served on the government shall be served on the Attorney General at the Ministry of the Attorney General in the City of Victoria.
Supreme Court Civil Rule 4-3(6)

Service on a Municipality

A document may be served on a local government by serving the appropriate officer of the local government who has been assigned corporate administration duties.
Local Government Act, RSBC 1996, c 323, ss 6.5(b), 196198

Service on the Registrar of Companies

A document may be served on the registrar by leaving it at the office of the registrar or mailing it by registered post addressed to the registrar at his or her office in Victoria.
Business Corporations Act, SBC 2002, c 57, s 403

Service on a Corporation

A document may be served on a corporation in the manner provided in Supreme Court Civil Rule 4-3(2)(b),
or
by leaving it at, or mailing it by registered post addressed to, the registered office of the company,
or
by section 40 of the Business Corporations Act,
or
by personally serving any director, officer, or liquidator of the company, and, if a receiver-manager has been appointed, by personally serving the receiver-manager.
Business Corporations Act, SBC 2002, c 57, s 9(1).

Service on an Extra-Provincial Company

A document may be served in the manner provided by Supreme Court Civil Rule 4-3(2)(b),
or
by delivering or mailing by registered mail to the address show for the head office in the corporate register if in BC,
or
by serving any attorney for the company or delivering or mailing by registered mail to the address for any attorney shown in the corporate register.
Business Corporations Act, SBC 2002, c 57, s 9(2)

Service on a Society

A document may be served by leaving it at or mailing it by registered mail to the address of the society as filed under this act,
or
personally serving a director, officer, receiver-manager, or liquidator of the society, or in the case of an extra-provincial society, the attorney.
Society Act, RSBC 1996, c 433, s 12

Service on a Partnership

Leave a true copy of the document to be served either with a person who was a partner at the time the alleged right or liability arose or with a  person at the place of business of the firm who appears to manage or control the partnership business there. 
Supreme Court Civil Rule 20-1(2)

Service on a Financial Institution (Credit Union, Trust Company or Insurance Company)

Service of a credit union is in accordance with s.84.43 of the Credit Union Incorporation Act R.S.B.C 1996, c. 82. Service of either a trust company or an insurance company is in accordance with s.9 of the Business Corporations Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 57.

Service on a Co-Operative Association

A document may be served on an association by leaving it at, or mailing it by registered post to the registered office of the association as recorded under this Act, or by personally serving an officer of the association.
Cooperative Association Act, SBC 1999, c 28, s 28.

Service on a Trust Company

(see Service on a Financial Institution)

Service on an Insurance Company

(see Service on a Financial Institution)

Service on a Credit Union

(see Service on a Financial Institution)

Service on the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

In an action for damages caused by motor vehicle or a trailer within BC, the plaintiff must serve ICBC with a copy of the originating process in the manner provided for serving a defendant in the action and file proof of service in the court in which the action is pending.  No further step may be taken in the action until the expiration of eight days after filing.
Insurance (Vehicle) Act, RSBC 1996, c 231, s 22.

Service of Persons Subject to the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act

Persons subject to this Act, including consumers, debtors, suppliers and other persons may be served in a variety of ways including by leaving the document at the person's residence, registered mail to the residence, and email and fax when given as the address for service.
Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, SBC 2004, c 2, ss 183-184.

Service Outside BC Pursuant to Contract

The parties to a contract may agree that service of a document may be effected on a person outside of BC in a manner specified or indicated in the contract.
Supreme Court Civil Rule 4-5(7)

Service on a Non-Resident Principal Who Has Entered into a Contract Within the Province Through an Agent

With leave of the court, service on a principal residing out of province who has entered into a contract within the province by or through an agent residing or carrying on business within the province may be served by service upon the agent (Supreme Court Civil Rule 4-3(3)) and a copy of the order giving leave and the documents served mailed to the principal at his or her address outside the province (Supreme Court  Civil Rule 4-3(5)).

 

References

Chapter 10: Service, Appendix 1.  Conduct of Civil Litigation in British Columbia, 2nd ed., by Fraser, Horn & Griffin (available in most courthouse libraries).