Working on the Land Base

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.

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 permits

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

Natural Resource Major Projects

Major projects range in scope, scale, and complexity. They typically have a significant capital investment, involve multiple complex provincial and federal government applications and authorizations. These cover the different activities and uses of natural resources on the land and consider all significant environmental or social values.

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.

Fossil management

Fossils are part of B.C.'s natural heritage and include preserved remains of organisms in rock and biological activity such as footprints called trace fossils. The Fossil Management Office provides information, guidance and policies to support protection and management of fossils and fossil sites in B.C.