Annual Reclamation Reports

Permittees are required to submit Annual Reclamation Reports in compliance with their Mines Act permits and the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. The intent of the Annual Reclamation Report is to provide a summary of all activities conducted on the mine property over the previous year. Specifically, the report must outline the following:

  • Mine development, including surface disturbance, stripping, stockpiling, disposal and storage of all materials.
  • Activities, research and monitoring results associated with the development and implementation of the environmental protection program.
  • Activities, research and monitoring results associated with the development and implementation of the reclamation program.

The Annual Reclamation Report must also provide a projection of mining and reclamation activities planned for the next 5 years.

Report information is required to be in a specific format. Please review the Annual Reclamation Report Requirement (PDF, 96KB) prior to submitting your report. The format provided here is inclusive, so some components may not be relevant to all mine sites.

NEW for 2018 Annual Reclamation Reports (submitted in 2019)

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (EMPR) has established an initiative to develop spatial data capabilities for permitting and tracking of mine activities. As part of this initiative, EMPR is requesting that digital spatial files be submitted with all 2018 Annual Reclamation Reports. As this was also a requirement of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Annual Reclamation Reports, EMPR expects that the spatial data submitted as part of last year’s reporting would be updated to reflect any new disturbance and/or reclamation in 2018.

Please note that the areas identified in the shapefile should correspond to the areas reported in Table 1 of the Annual Reclamation Report. As EMPR compiles the data submitted, we may contact individual sites should any questions arise. EMPR would like to receive spatial data for the following:

  • disturbance areas
  • revegetated areas and areas where  reclamation activities are ongoing

These layers should be submitted with the 2018 Annual Reclamation Report for each mine. The information below provides guidance on how to construct the shapefiles with the attributes that EMPR requires.

Annual Reclamation Report Tables

The following tables must also be completed, if applicable for the site (Cover Letter Summary Table and Table 1 are minimum requirements) and submitted with your annual reclamation report:

Reclamation Liability Cost Estimates

A detailed estimate of the total expected costs of outstanding reclamation obligations for the mine, including all long-term costs for monitoring, maintenance, and water treatment (if required), must be included in the Annual Reclamation Report.  This may be submitted using the Ministry of Energy and Mine's Excel Costing Spreadsheet (Version 3.5.1), however, other formats are also acceptable.

If the detailed cost estimates are expected to be filed as a separate confidential report, please clearly specify in the report cover letter.  The total reclamation liability estimated for the site should still be provided in the Cover Letter Summary Table.