Annual Reclamation Reports

Permittees are required to submit annual reclamation reports in compliance with their Mines Act permits and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. The intent of the Annual Reclamation Report is to provide a summary of all activities conducted on the mine property over the previous year. Specifically, the report must outline the following:

  • Mine development, including surface disturbance, stripping, stockpiling, disposal and storage of all materials.
  • Activities, research and monitoring results associated with the development and implementation of the environmental protection program.
  • Activities, research and monitoring results associated with the development and implementation of the reclamation program.

The report must also provide a projection of mining and reclamation activities planned for the following 5 years.

Report information is required to be in a specific format. Please review the Annual Reclamation Report Requirements (PDF) prior to submitting your report. The format provided here is inclusive, so some components may not be relevant to all mine sites.

NEW for 2016 Annual Reclamation Reports (submitted in 2017)

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) has updated the Annual Reclamation Report guidance document to include general information on public disclosure and purpose of the report, new and revised standard tables, and requests for clarification regarding reporting of areas declared to be exempt from reclamation.

In addition, minor revisions of the guidance for submission of the required digital spatial files (shapefiles, .shp) have been made. As MEM is continuing to gather data for the first phase of this initiative, the data types remain the same (see the list below), however, minor changes have been made to attribute codes and examples provided, and the reclamation status of exempt has been added as an option.

  • permit boundaries;
  • disturbance areas; and
  • reclaimed areas/ongoing reclamation/exempt from reclamation.

MEM has revised the guidance document to assist permittees in submitting the digital spatial files requested:

Annual Reclamation Report Tables

The following tables must also be completed and submitted with your annual reclamation report:

Reclamation Liability Cost Estimates

Detailed estimates of the total expected costs of outstanding reclamation obligations for the mine, including all long-term costs for monitoring, maintenance, and water treatment (if required), must be included in the Annual Reclamation Report. These estimates may be submitted using the Ministry of Energy and Mines’ Excel Costing Spreadsheet (Version 3.5.1); other formats are also acceptable.

If you are submitting the detailed cost estimates as a separate confidential report, please clearly specify this in the Annual Reclamation Report cover letter. The total cost estimated should still be provided in the Cover Letter Summary Table.

Please note that the total reclamation liability cost estimate may not be the same as the reclamation security held under the Mines Act permit, and that detailed cost estimates are required to be reported annually to reflect the outstanding liabilities.