Relationship with B.C. Government
Public sector organizations operate under varying levels of government control, depending on how they’re funded and the types of services they provide. Public sector organizations can have connections to more than one government, including federal, provincial and municipal.
Ministry programs and public sector organizations that have B.C. government control impact the B.C. government’s strategic priorities and fiscal plan. These organizations have specific roles and responsibilities that support the B.C. government in meeting its public policy objectives. They are accountable to the B.C. government, and the B.C. government provides them with mandate direction and oversight in policy and policy development.
Learn more about the different types of public sector organizations and how they work with the B.C. government:
A public sector organization has a direct relationship with the B.C. government when it has some or all the following characteristics:
- It’s established by a statute, regulation or legislative authority
- Over half the board members are appointed by the B.C. government
- Over half its funding is provided by the B.C. government
- It delivers a program or service that directly connects to a specific B.C. government policy objective or ministry program, like legal aide or affordable housing
- It addresses a societal or market failure or equity issue, and on-going B.C. government input is necessary to make sure the service remains connected to public interest
- It provides public input or specialized knowledge to the B.C. government, like an advisory board
- It’s responsible for adjudicating or regulating B.C. government or private sector practices, like a tribunal
An organization is considered to have more of an arm's length relationship with the B.C. government when:
- The B.C. government doesn’t have a controlling interest in its service delivery or the organization’s management
- The service can be most efficiently managed by the private sector
Organizations outside of the provincial government, like independent authorities, self-regulating bodies and local governments, aren't considered public sector organizations and have their own planning and reporting requirements. Examples of organizations outside of government include BC Ferries, the Law Society and the City of Vancouver.