Transfer of Authority for Natural Resource Management
Ministries within the B.C. Government’s natural resource sector are responsible for administering legislation related to the management of provincial Crown land and its cultural and natural resources. In order to carry out this responsibility, authority for decisions, duties and responsibilities required in legislation has been granted to public officials.
Legislation allows for the grant of authority in the form of delegations, designations, appointments or deputizations. The documents below provide details on such grants of authority. These documents are for information purposes only, may be updated at any time, without notice, and may not be exhaustive.
Delegation is the assignment of statutory decision-maker authority and responsibility to another official to carry out specific activities.
The following matrices identify ministerial authority that has been delegated to officials under the:
- Forest Act and Regulations (PDF, 435KB)
- Forest & Range Practices Act and Regulations, Ministry of Forests (PDF, 475KB)
- Forest & Range Practices Act and Regulations, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (PDF, 430KB)
- Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act and Regulations (PDF, 124KB)
- Heritage Conservation Act (PDF, 390KB)
- Land Act, Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship (PDF, 405KB)
- Land Act, Ministry of Forests (PDF, 650KB)
- Land Act, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport (PDF, 390KB)
- Ministry of Forests & Range Act (PDF, 303KB)
- Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Act, Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship (PDF, 3.7MB)
- Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Act, Ministry of Forests (PDF, 330KB)
- Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing Act, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport (PDF, 340KB)
- Off-Road Vehicle Act (PDF, 307KB)
- Oil & Gas Activities Act and Regulations (PDF, 435KB)
- Range Act (PDF, 479KB)
- Resort Timber Administration Act (PDF, 294KB)
- University Endowment Land Act - no current delegations
- Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulation (PDF, 330KB)
The following memo delegates the ministerial powers and duties, as authorized by the Land Title & Survey Authority Act and the Operating Agreement of the Land Title & Survey Authority of British Columbia, to the Surveyor General and Deputy Surveyor General and is not subject to revisions of the matrices:
Delegation of a ministerial authority does not necessarily preclude the responsible minister from exercising that authority.
Designation is the classification of an official as a decision-maker identified in legislation. In some cases, the legislation may provide for an official to be designated as a statutory decision-maker; in other cases, an official may be designated to carry out powers and duties under a specific provision.
The following documents identify those officials who have been designated under the:
- Environmental Management Act
- Fish and Seafood Act
- Forest Act and Regulations (PDF, 388KB)
- Forest & Range Practices Act (PDF, 802KB)
- Heritage Conservation Act (PDF, 348KB)
- Land Act (PDF, 352KB)
- Natural Resource Compliance Act
- Off-Road Vehicle Regulation (PDF, 316KB)
- Water Sustainability Act
- Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulation (PDF, 190KB)
- Wildlife Act (PDF, 320KB)
An appointment is the assignment of an official as a statutory decision-maker.
The following documents identify those persons appointed as:
- Under the Dike Maintenance Act
- Under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Act
- Under the Wildlife Act
- Under the Utilities Commission Act
Deputization is the appointment of an official as the deputy of another official.
The following documents identify those officials appointed as deputy regional executive directors and deputy district managers:
- Deputization of Regional Executive Directors and District Managers (PDF, 135KB)
- Appointment as Deputy District Manager, Peace Forest District (PDF, 320KB)
An authorization allows an official to exercise and perform the Minister's powers and duties under specified legislation.
The following documents identify those officials who have been authorized under the Tla'amin Final Agreement, Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement, and Maa-nulth First Nations Final regarding: