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The British Columbia Geological Survey integrates active research programs with historical data and, drawing on continuously advancing concepts and technologies, provides information to guide societal decisions centered on the Earth sciences.
The Mineral Titles Branch administers the legislation governing the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral, placer mineral, and coal rights in the Province.
Exploration carried out by prospectors and companies leads to discoveries of valuable deposits.
There are generally two different groups of mine permitting in B.C. major mines and regional permits.
Mining is one of British Columbia's safest heavy industries, and the Province is committed to ensuring that B.C. remains a world leader in mine health and safety practices.
The Province is committed to ensuring that B.C. remains a leader in mining regulation and oversight, while enhancing responsible resource development and strengthening First Nations involvement in B.C.'s mining sector.
The Mine Audits and Effectiveness Unit is an independent team in the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. The Audit Unit conducts audits to ensure mining regulation in B.C. is effective and aligned with global best practice.
Learn more about mineral exploration and mining statistics, directives, alerts, incident information, legislation, policies, reports and publications.
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation has collaborated with the Environmental Assessment Office and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to develop a new B.C. Mine Information website. This site makes mine-related information from all three agencies available online in one place for the first time.