Audits

At the end of each audit, the Chief Auditor prepares a report that includes the audit findings, conclusion and any recommendations for the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (the Ministry). All audit reports and the Ministry's responses are published on this page. The Ministry also produces annual progress updates on any actions taken to address previous audit recommendations.

In progress

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry’s regulatory program enables and requires major mines to successfully advance the process of mine closure.

For more information, please review the audit Terms of Reference.

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry’s regulatory program supports the identification of workplace hazards by occupational health and safety committees and the mitigation of those hazards. 

For more information, please review the audit Terms of Reference.

The objective of this audit is to determine whether the process for managing security for exploration activities accounts for mine reclamation and the mitigation of damage to watercourses and cultural heritage resources.

For more information, please review the audit Terms of Reference.

Planned

Confined spaces in the workplace can pose a significant risk of injury and death. In 2006, a tragic incident claimed four lives in a confined space at the decommissioned Sullivan Mine in Kimberley, B.C. This incident prompted revisions to the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia in 2008. This audit will focus on the 2008 Code revisions and supporting actions to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring at B.C. mines.

Completed

This audit examined existing regulatory requirements and actions by the Ministry related to protecting workers operating mobile equipment near water. The audit generated three recommendations, all of which have been accepted by the Ministry.

For further background on the audit, please refer to the original Terms of Reference.

This audit examined the 2016 revisions to the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in B.C. pertaining to tailings storage facilities. The report covers multiple topics, including consistency of the revisions with their stated goals, other jurisdictions and regulations and industry best practice; the clarity and enforceability of the revisions; and the Ministry’s compliance verification and enforcement activities. The audit includes seven recommendations to the Ministry for continuous improvement of the regulatory framework relating to tailings storage facilities.

For further background on the audit, please refer to the original Terms of Reference.