BC Government to Pay for One Round of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Starting in 2025


By Chantal M. Cattermole and Jeannette Aucoin

Exciting news for hopeful parents-to-be in British Columbia! The recent announcement in the B.C. Budget 2024-2025 reveals that the province will now cover the costs of one cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for individuals and couples looking to begin or expand their families. This decision marks a significant step forward in reproductive healthcare accessibility, and has implications that extend into the legal realm of fertility rights and regulations.

So, what exactly does this mean for fertility law in British Columbia?

  1. Increased Access to Reproductive Services: With the first cycle IVF being covered by the province, more individuals and couples will have access to assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). From a legal standpoint, this expanded access may lead to an increase in legal considerations surrounding ARTs, including parentage, consent, and ownership of genetic material.
  2. Regulatory Implications: The inclusion of IVF in the provincial budget may prompt discussions around the regulation of fertility clinics and reproductive practices.
  3. Legal Rights of Parents and Donors: With the expansion of IVF services, legal questions regarding parentage and donor rights may arise, and increase the need for properly drafted legal agreements prior to participating in this process, to clarify parental and/or donor rights, and address any potential disputes that may arise.

Overall, the inclusion of IVF coverage in the B.C. Budget 2024-2025 represents a milestone in the field of reproductive healthcare, and at Clark Wilson we are ready to assist individuals and couples in navigating the legal landscape surrounding assisted reproduction, ensuring that their rights and interests are protected every step of the way.

If you have any questions about fertility law in British Columbia, please contact Family Law partner Jeannette Aucoin. As one of only a handful of professionals in our province with experience in fertility and reproductive technology law and compliance, Jeannette helps clients by providing insight into the legal issues an procedures they must consider at each step of the journey, from fertility law contracts to ova and sperm agreements, as well as surrogacy contracts.