Ministry responsibilities

The BC Public Service is divided into ministries. Each ministry is responsible for a specific area of public policy, government function or service delivery.

Summary of Ministry Responsibilities

OFFICE OF THE PREMIER

General Responsibilities

  • Strategic policy and legislative priorities 
  • Corporate planning 
  • Cabinet Operations 
  • Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat 

MINISTRY OF ABORIGINAL RELATIONS AND RECONCILIATION

General Responsibilities

  • Aboriginal policy and co-ordination
  • Negotiation and implementation of treaty and non-treaty agreements
  • Consultation and accommodation policy
  • Crown/First Nations relationships
  • Partnerships and Community Renewal
  • First Citizens' Fund

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • BC Treaty Commission
  • First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council
  • Minister's Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women

MINISTRY OF ADVANCED EDUCATION

General Responsibilities

  • Universities
  • Colleges
  • Post-secondary financing
  • Post-secondary policy and accountability
  • Student financial assistance
  • Government Communications and Public Engagement 
  • Open data
  • Board Resourcing and Development Office 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • University boards of governors
  • Colleges and institutes
  • Private Career Training Institutions Agency
  • B.C. college and institute boards
  • British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfers
  • Degree Quality Assessment Board

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

General Responsibilities

  • Agriculture, aquaculture and food industry development 
  • Animal health and crop/plant protection 
  • Food safety and quality 
  • Commercial fisheries and fish processing 
  • Marine fisheries and seafood industry development 
  • Crop insurance 
  • Licensing, inspection and standards for slaughter facilities 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commission

  • Agricultural Land Commission 
  • BC Farm Industry Review Board 

MINISTRY OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT

General Responsibilities

  • Adoption and reunion services 
  • Child protection and family development 
  • Foster care 
  • Child care 
  • Early childhood development 
  • Children and youth with special needs 
  • Child and youth mental health 
  • Youth justice programs 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • BC College of Social Workers 
  • Provincial Child Care Council 

MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY, SPORT AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (Minister Responsible for TransLink) 

General Responsibilities

  • Community Charter 
  • Local government 
  • University Endowment Lands 
  • Property assessment 
  • Sports and recreation 
  • Arts and culture programs 
  • Community gaming grant eligibility 
  • TransLink legislation and governance 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Examiners (local government) 
  • BC Assessment Authority 
  • BC Games Society 
  • BC Arts Council 
  • Property Assessment Appeal Board 
  • Islands Trust Fund Board 
  • Royal BC Museum

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

General Responsibilities

  • K-12 standards and accountability 
  • K-12 funding 
  • Independent schools 
  • Literacy 
  • Libraries 
  • StrongStart BC Early Learning Centres 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Education Advisory Council 
  • BC Teachers' Council 
  • Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board 

MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINES (Minister Responsible for Core Review)

General Responsibilities

  • General Responsibilities 
  • Electricity and alternative energy policy 
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Renewable energy development 
  • Innovative Clean Energy Fund 
  • Mines and minerals policy 
  • Mines and minerals permitting and inspections
  • Mineral and coal titles 
  • BC Geological Survey 
  • Core Review 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • BC Hydro and Power Authority 
  • Columbia Power Corporation 
  • Columbia Basin Trust 
  • Assayers Certification Board of Examiners

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

General Responsibilities

  • Parks, wilderness and protected areas 
  • Air, land and water quality standards 
  • Pollution prevention and waste management 
  • Conservation Framework and Species-at-Risk policy 
  • Species and ecosystem protection policy 
  • Oceans protection and sustainability 
  • Water protection and water sustainability policy 
  • Water and air monitoring and reporting 
  • Conservation and resource management enforcement 
  • Climate Action Secretariat 
  • Environmental Assessment Office 
  • State of environment reporting 
  • Environmental monitoring 
  • Flood Management 
  • Environmental Emergency Response 

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

General Responsibilities

  • Treasury Board 
  • Office of the Comptroller General 
  • Internal Audit and Advisory Services 
  • Provincial treasury 
  • Capital Planning 
  • Economic and financial analysis 
  • Financial institutions regulation 
  • Fiscal planning and tax policy 
  • Tax collection including property, income and consumer 
  • Corporate Accounting Services 
  • Forestry, mines, oil and gas revenue 
  • Collection and loan management 
  • Homeowner grants 
  • Gaming policy and enforcement 
  • Responsible Gambling Strategy 
  • Crown Agencies Resourcing Office 
  • BC Public Service Agency 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • BC Securities Commission 
  • Partnerships BC 
  • Insurance Council of British Columbia 
  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia 
  • Public Sector Employers' Council 
  • BC Pension Corporation 
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation 
  • Financial Institutions Commission

MINISTRY OF FORESTS, LANDS AND NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS

General Responsibilities

  • Forest stewardship policy 
  • Timber supply, inventory and tree improvement 
  • Forest health 
  • Forest investment 
  • BC Timber Sales 
  • Tenures and pricing 
  • Resource roads and bridges policy 
  • Crown land administration policy 
  • Crown land allocation and authorizations 
  • Forests and range authorizations 
  • Grazing and range stewardship policy 
  • Land use planning 
  • Independent power production 
  • Aquaculture licensing and regulation 
  • Water use planning and authorizations 
  • Aboriginal consultation and co-ordination - natural resource operations 
  • Resorts and alpine ski developments 
  • Licensing and permitting for angling, hunting and trapping 
  • GeoBC and information management 
  • FrontCounter BC 
  • Provincial hatchery and stocking program
  • Watershed restoration 
  • Fish, wildlife and habitat management 
  • Drought management 
  • Dam and dyke safety and regulation 
  • Flood plain management 
  • Invasive plants and species 
  • Public backcountry and commercial recreation 
  • Recreation sites and trails 
  • Archaeology and Heritage Conservation policy and permitting 
  • Resource management compliance 
  • Crown land restoration 
  • Forest investment operations
  • Wildfire management 


Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Forest Practices Board 
  • Timber Export Advisory Committee 
  • Muskwa-Kechika Advisory Board 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

General Responsibilities

  • General Responsibilities 
  • Leadership and support for the health service delivery system 
  • Health promotion, protection and preventative health 
  • Aboriginal health promotion 
  • Public health planning 
  • Provincial Health Officer 
  • Performance management of the health authorities 
  • Health human resource planning 
  • Health regulation and licensing 
  • Health information systems and e-health 
  • Women and seniors 
  • End-of-life and palliative care 
  • Community and home support services 
  • Assisted living and residential care 
  • Community care licensing 
  • Mental health and addictions services 
  • Communicable diseases prevention and addictions services promotion 
  • Healthy living/chronic disease prevention 
  • Medical Services Plan 
  • HealthLinkBC 
  • BC Patient Transfer Network 
  • PharmaCare 
  • Vital Statistics 
  • BC Ambulance Service 
  • Meat processing and food premises inspection, regulation and policies 


Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Health Authorities 
  • Medical Services Commission 
  • BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 
  • Patient Care Quality Review Boards 
  • Hospital Appeal Board 
  • Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board 

MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE (Minister Responsible for Asia
Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism)

General Responsibilities

  • International and internal trade policy 
  • Export market development 
  • New West Partnership Agreement 
  • AdvantageBC International Business Centre 
  • Venture Capital program 
  • Investment Capital 
  • Planning and Partnership Development 
  • Asia Pacific Trade and Investment 
  • International Marketing Secretariat 
  • Pacific Coast Collaborative 
  • Multiculturalism 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. 
  • BC Immigrant Investment Fund and BC Renaissance Fund 
  • Multicultural Advisory Council 

MINISTRY OF JOBS, TOURISM AND SKILLS TRAINING (Minister Responsible
for Labour)

General Responsibilities

  • Tourism strategy 
  • Aboriginal tourism 
  • Recreational fish and wildlife promotion 
  • Immigration policy 
  • Labour market policy 
  • Provincial Nominee Program 
  • WorkBC 
  • BladeRunners 
  • Industry training 
  • Film, television and digital policy 
  • Creative BC 
  • Community adjustment 
  • Community Development Trust 
  • Community Business Loans Program 
  • Regional economic and rural development 
  • Economic development policy 
  • Economic and sector analysis 
  • Economic and community response to mountain pine beetle 
  • Rural BC Secretariat 
  • Trade Missions
  • Labour relations 
  • Employment standards 
  • Occupational health and safety 
  • Workers Compensation Act 
  • Major Investments Office 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Trades Training Consortium of BC 
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust 
  • North Island Coast Development Initiative Trust 
  • Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust 
  • Nechako-Kitimaat Development Fund Society 
  • BC-Alcan Northern Development Fund 
  • Industry Training Authority 
  • BC Labour Relations Board 
  • Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal 
  • Employment Standards Tribunal 
  • Destination British Columbia 

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

General Responsibilities

  • Criminal justice and family law 
  • Administrative law policy 
  • Court administration 
  • Legal aid and public legal education 
  • Alternate dispute resolution 
  • Family maintenance 
  • Film policy and classification 
  • Legal services to government 
  • Police and correctional services 
  • Crime prevention programs 
  • Criminal record check and protection order registry 
  • Victim assistance 
  • Consumer services 
  • Superintendent of Motor Vehicles 
  • Office of the Fire Commissioner 
  • Coroners Service of British Columbia 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • BC Utilities Commission 
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal 
  • BC Law Institute 
  • British Columbia Review Board 
  • Environmental Appeal Board 
  • Forest Appeals Commission 
  • Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal 
  • Legal Services Society 
  • Police boards 

MINISTRY OF NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT (Minister Responsible for
Housing)

General Responsibilities

  • Oil and gas policy 
  • Liquified Natural Gas 
  • Oil and gas pipelines 
  • Housing and homeless policy 
  • Transition houses 
  • Building policy 
  • Safety standards and inspections 
  • Landlord-tenant dispute resolution 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Oil and Gas Commission 
  • BC Housing Management Commission 
  • Building Code Appeal Board 
  • Building Policy Advisory Committee 
  • Safety Standards Appeal Board 
  • British Columbia Safety Authority 
  • Provincial Rental Housing Corporation
  • Surface Rights Board

MINISTRY OF SMALL BUSINESS AND RED TAPE REDUCTION (Minister Responsible for Liquor Distribution Branch) 

General Responsibilities

  • Small Business Roundtable 
  • Small Business BC 
  • Smart regulation 
  • Regulatory reform 
  • Liquor Control and Licensing 
  • Liquor Distribution Branch 

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

General Responsibilities

  • Income assistance 
  • Disability assistance 
  • Delivery of employment programs 
  • Provincial Disability Strategy 
  • Adult community living services 
  • Mental health and addictions services coordination 
  • Volunteer and non-profit support 


Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Community Living BC
  • Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal

MINISTRY OF TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND CITIZENS' SERVICES

General Responsibilities

  • Research, innovation and technology 
  • Citizen's service delivery 
  • Government agents 
  • BC Stats 
  • BC OnLine 
  • Enquiry BC 
  • Business and personal property registries services 
  • Queen's Printer 
  • Chief Information Officer 
  • Information and privacy policy 
  • Workforce planning 
  • Employee engagement 
  • Shared Services BC 
  • BC Accommodation and Real Estate Services 
  • Workplace Technology Services 
  • Alternative Service Delivery 
  • Procurement and Supply Services 
  • Telecommunications infrastructure 
  • Solutions BC 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • Premier's Technology Council 
  • BC Innovation Council 
  • Leading Edge Endowment Fund Board 
  • Knowledge Network Corporation 

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

General Responsibilities

  • Transportation planning and policy, except for TransLink legislation and governance 
  • Highway construction and maintenance 
  • Commercial vehicle safety and inspections 
  • Port and airport development 
  • Infrastructure grants 
  • Major capital project management 
  • Provincial emergency management 
  • Emergency social services 

Major Agencies, Boards and Commissions

  • BC Rail 
  • Passenger Transportation Board 
  • BC Transit 
  • BC Transportation Financing Authority 
  • Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 
  • British Columbia Pavilion Corporation