Natural Resource Laws & Policies

Natural resources in B.C. are managed by laws that:

  • Control activities to ensure sustainability
  • Protect the environment and human health and safety

The approach used for legislation typically follows this model:

  • Directional information provides guidance for operations and activities
  • Spatial definitions identify designated areas

Compliance & Enforcement

Assuring compliance with natural resource laws and taking appropriate enforcement action when necessary, is a responsibility shared by all natural resource ministries and their business areas.

Leadership for compliance and enforcement is a role taken on by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations' Natural Resource Officers and the Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officers.

Legal Framework