Accessing and Using Our Natural Resources

B.C. is comprised of 94% provincial Crown land, 1% federal Crown land and 5% private land. Learn more about these different land types and appropriate uses for them.

Land Use

Land holds a unique and pivotal position in our society, supporting all life and  standing at the centre of our cultures and institutions. Its uniqueness stems from its fixed supply and immobility: it cannot be created or reproduced.

Water Use

A healthy economy depends on a sustainable water supply. B.C.'s water supply is impacted by our high water consumption rate. Find out what's in place to monitor and improve the way we use this precious resource.

Natural Resource Permits

Permits and authorizations are needed for developing, extracting, removing or harvesting resources in B.C.

Resource Roads

Resource roads are typically one- or two-lane gravel roads built for industrial purposes to access natural resources in remote areas. Over 620,000 kilometers of roads on the British Columbia landbase are considered resource roads. Resource roads are a highly valued part of B.C.’s transportation network and are essential to economic development.

Natural Resource Major Projects

Major projects are complex natural resource development projects that require several different levels of planning and approvals. They usually share the following characteristics:

  •     Require a significant capital investment
  •     Take place on Crown land
  •     Involve multiple government authorizations

All-Seasons Resorts

The British Columbia provincial government works with many partners to provide timely decisions for new mountain resort proposals, major resort expansions and other existing projects, such as large marinas.

Doing Business on the Land Base

Opportunities are regularly sought in the natural resource sector to improve sector administration and health and safety requirements for workers, clients, and contractors. This could include new application systems, eligibility criteria or other matters aligned with the opportunity and value associated with activities on the land base.