Table of Contents Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy

The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy is the resource for:

  • Environmental protection. The Land Remediation Section administers the provisions for the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites in British Columbia under the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation.
  • Ecosystems. The Ministry's publication, Develop with Care provides information on related legislation.
  • Water stewardship. All water in British Columbia is owned by the Crown on behalf of the residents of the province. Authority to divert and use surface water is obtained by a licence or approval in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Water Sustainability Act and the Water Protection Act . A water licence application is submitted by the applicant to FrontCounterBC.
This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website ( to make sure your version is sufficiently current.