Industrial camps are places where people are employed and accommodated onsite – such as camps supporting forestry, saw mills, mining, canneries, and oil and gas activities. The goal is to ensure potential risks to human health are managed appropriately in these camps.
The Ministry of Health provides policy support for land use management, which includes regulating industrial camps.
The operation of an industrial camp is prescribed as a regulated activity under B.C.’s Public Health Act. An industrial camp operator must comply with the requirements of the Industrial Camps Regulation.
The regulation outlines the requirements for a number of public-health-related factors, including:
- camp siting and size
- arrangement of camp facilities (including sleeping accommodations)
- provision of safe drinking water
- location and construction of sewage facilities
- waste management
In the case of forestry operations, contractors establishing camps are required to provide the location and contact information of all camps to the local health authority (based on where the camp site is located), WorkSafe BC, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. This must be done 72 hours before the establishment of any camp site.
Camp operators in other resource development sectors should contact the local health authority at the earliest possible stage before camp development to ensure provisions under the Industrial Camps Regulation are incorporated into the camp’s design and operation.
For information on industrial camp waste disposal, see Industrial Camps: Waste Authorizations and Best Practices (PDF, 474KB).
B.C. Guidelines for Industrial Camps Regulation
The B.C. Guidelines for Industrial Camps Regulation (837KB) provides an interpretation of the Industrial Camps Regulation to assist industrial camp operators and regulators.
For convenience, the content in this document is organized by sections, which correspond to the sections of the Industrial Camps Regulation. Where appropriate, this document also provides supplemental guidance in the form of best practices.