Reclamation & Closure
British Columbia's world-class reclamation laws ensure that upon mine closure, land, watercourses and cultural heritage resources are returned to a safe and environmentally sound state.
Before starting work at a mine site, companies are required to obtain a permit approving the mine plan, a program for protection of the land and watercourses, and a reclamation program. Permittees are required to submit annual reclamation reports to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (EMPR) in compliance with their Mines Act permits and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia.
The Regional Reclamation Bond Calculator and the associated Regional Reclamation Bond Calculator Guidance Document have been developed to:
- Provide Regional Inspector of Mines- Permitting with a fair and consistent means of assessing reclamation liability for regional mines
- Avoid financial risk and liability to the public/government by ensuring the assessed security represents the cost of mine reclamation to the Province
- Encourage dialogue between proponent and Inspector, with the aim of limiting unnecessary disturbance and prompting progressive reclamation
- Promote transparency in bonding levels and methodology to First Nations and the public.
Mining companies and proponents applying for authorization under the Mines Act are encouraged to review these tools to become familiar with the various elements required for reclamation. Regional Mining authorizations can be applied for with a Notice of Work (NOW) application on the Natural Resource Online Services website. Providing detailed information on the proposed mining and progressive reclamation activities will assist the Mines Inspector’s determination of the appropriate bond amount in accordance with the Reclamation Bond Calculator Policy .
Further information and inquiries regarding Regional Mine Reclamation Bonding should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.
Mining companies must also place a security with the Province to ensure reclamation obligations are kept. This security is only returned once the mine site has been reclaimed to a satisfactory level and there are no ongoing monitoring or maintenance requirements. The intent of the Province’s reclamation legislation is to ensure that modern mine sites in B.C. do not leave an ongoing legacy or require public funds for clean-up activities.