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.

In progress

Occupational health and safety committees (OHSCs) are composed of employers and employees working together to improve occupational health and safety. This audit is focused on the duties and functions of OHSCs as defined by the Mines Act and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. This audit is currently in the planning phase.

In recent years, the Ministry has developed new approaches, such as the Regional Mine Reclamation Bond Calculator, to manage reclamation liability in the exploration sector. This audit is focused on the effectiveness of the Ministry’s current approaches in achieving their goals. This audit is currently in the planning phase.

Closure is the process whereby mines transition from production to decommissioning, reclamation and monitoring/maintenance. This process can range in length from a few years, to decades, or even centuries, where proponents have long-term management or treatment obligations. This audit is currently in the planning phase.

 

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.