Legislation and Protocols

The Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation set out the requirements for site remediation in B.C. 

Environmental Management Act

Refer to the Environmental Management Act or refer to the following parts of the Act that are directly related to site remediation: 

Contaminated Sites Regulation

Refer to the Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR) and amendments coming into effect listed below. 

Proposed amendments

Stage 14 amendments (soil relocation)

Following consultation on a 2014 discussion paper, a 2016 intentions paper, and 2019 final policy direction paper, the B.C. government is proposing changes to the current soil relocation process. These changes will help streamline the legal regime, making the process more clear and transparent, and improve the ministry’s ability to carry out compliance verification and enforcement.

An intentions paper outlining the proposed regulatory amendments in the CSR was posted for comments. Stakeholder feedback on the intentions paper is currently under review. Approved amendments to the Environmental Management Act (Bill 3) can be viewed at the link below. 

Intentions paper comments

Comments on the 2021 intentions paper were accepted from mid-January to mid-March, 2021. Over sixty comments were received in response to the proposed regulatory amendments in the intentions paper. Read the Regulating Soil Relocation Intentions Paper - Summary of Comments (PDF, 852KB) which reports on the feedback received on the intentions paper.

Previous amendments 

2021 Stage 13 amendments 

Stage 13 amendments to the CSR included changes to the current process for identifying contaminated sites. These changes strengthen and streamline the legal regime, making the process clearer and more predictable, and improve the ministry’s ability to carry out compliance verification and enforcement. This ensures that contaminated sites are investigated and remediated in a timely manner, following site closure and prior to redevelopment.  

Environmental Management Amendment Act, 2019 (Bill17)

2019 Stage 12 Amendments

Stage 12 amendments to the CSR were approved, and the below orders deposited, on January 24, 2019. These housekeeping amendments corrected a number of errors in standards and footnotes in CSR Schedules 3.1 to 3.4, introduced during the 2017 amendments, and included consequential amendments to CSR Schedule 1.1 that were inadvertently missed during the Stage 10 and 11 amendments. Additionally, the name of a Wide Area Site (WAS) was changed to Environmental Management Area. The new name has the same meaning and provisions as a WAS in the CSR. The name of a Wide Area Remediation Plan will not change as a result of Stage 12 amendments. This change will affect existing WAS designation holders and future wide-area sites. 

2017 Stage 11 Amendments (PDF) 

2016 Stage 10 Amendments (PDF) 

2014 Stage 9 Amendments (PDF) 

2013 Stage 8 Amendments (PDF) 

2011 Stage 7 Amendments (PDF) 

2008 Stage 6 Amendments (PDF) 

2007 Stage 5 Amendments (PDF) 

2004 Stage 4 Amendments (PDF) 

2003 Stage 3 Amendments (PDF) 

2002 Stage 2 Amendments (PDF) 

1999 Stage 1 Amendments (PDF) 



Protocols are technical and administrative procedures that are legally required under the Environmental Management Act.