Accessing and Using Our Natural Resources

B.C. is comprised of 94% provincial Crown land, 1% federal Crown land and 5% private land. Learn more about these different land types and appropriate uses for them.

Land Use

Land holds a unique and pivotal position in our society, supporting all life and  standing at the centre of our cultures and institutions. Its uniqueness stems from its fixed supply and immobility: it cannot be created or reproduced.

Water Use

A healthy economy depends on a sustainable water supply. B.C.'s water supply is impacted by our high water consumption rate. Find out what's in place to monitor and improve the way we use this precious resource.

FrontCounter BC

FrontCounter BC is a single window service for clients of provincial natural resource ministries and agencies. Through FrontCounter BC offices, natural resource clients obtain all the information and authorizations they need to start or expand a business.

Resource Roads

Resource roads are a highly valued part of B.C.’s transportation network essential to economic development. Our network of resource roads is shared by a number of different users. They can be used by commercial operators to access and transport timber, minerals and petroleum resources.

Natural Resource Major Projects

Major projects are complex natural resource development projects that require several different levels of planning and approvals. They usually share the following characteristics:

  •     Require a significant capital investment
  •     Take place on Crown land
  •     Involve multiple government authorizations

All-Seasons Resorts

The British Columbia provincial government works with many partners to provide timely decisions for new mountain resort proposals, major resort expansions and other existing projects, such as large marinas.

Doing Business on the Land Base

Opportunities are regularly sought in the natural resource sector to improve sector administration and health and safety requirements for workers, clients, and contractors. This could include new application systems, eligibility criteria or other matters aligned with the opportunity and value associated with activities on the land base.

Natural Resource Industries

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