Crown contaminated sites program

The Province is responsible for both regulating and managing contaminated sites in British Columbia.  

The Environmental Emergencies and Land Remediation Branch with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regulates contaminated sites throughout the province, including private lands and Provincial Crown lands. 

The Crown Contaminated Sites Program (CCSP) in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development manages contaminated sites on Crown land for which there is no existing responsible party. These are typically historic abandoned mine sites and make up a small fraction of the contaminated sites on Crown land. CCSP is not involved with contaminated sites on Crown land where there are specified parties responsible for the contamination.

The CCSP use a science-based risk assessment to identify sites and prioritize them for remediation. CCSP’s remediation activities are regulated, like any private property owner, by the Environmental Emergencies and Land Remediation Branch at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

For more information on the CCSP, please see the Crown Contaminated Sites Program Biennial Report (PDF).