Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Results
Overview of Ministry Goals
The Ministry's three goals are:
- Thriving and competitive energy, mineral and petroleum resource sectors;
- Safe and environmentally responsible energy, mineral and petroleum resource development and use; and
- The Ministry, First Nations, communities and industry working cooperatively for the responsible development and use of
British Columbia's energy, mineral and petroleum resources.
The Ministry's first goal is important because thriving and competitive energy, mineral and petroleum resource sectors are
significant sources of employment for British Columbians and revenue to the Province, paying for education, health care and
other essential government services. As we all need energy and minerals in our daily lives, our second goal is particularly
relevant. The Ministry recognizes how important safe and environmentally responsible resource development is to British Columbians.
With respect to our third goal, the engagement of communities and industry to work cooperatively for the responsible development
of our resources is vital for the industry to thrive and prosper.
Linkage to the Government's Great Goals
Create more jobs per capita than anywhere else in Canada
A wide range of Ministry strategies are being implemented in support of this goal, including: expanding opportunities for
job training and placement; facilitating First Nation involvement; engaging communities and stakeholders; and ensuring reliable
low cost electricity is available to support economic development and job creation.
Lead the world in sustainable environmental management, with the best air and water quality, and the best fisheries management,
The Ministry will continue to pursue best practices for oil and gas development, maintain effective, efficient regulation
of mines and mineral exploration sites aimed at health, safety and environmental best practices, and promote the development
and use of alternative energy technology and energy efficiency measures.
Cross Ministry Initiatives
The Ministry is working jointly with other agencies on the following initiatives:
Mountain Pine Beetle
Projections indicate the mountain pine beetle infestation could kill 80 per cent of the pine forest in British Columbia by 2013.
Pine forests dominate the interior of B.C., and their loss has significant implications to the forest environment, economy
and the communities that depend on those forests for sustainability. The B.C. government, through coordination by the Ministry
of Forests and Range and the Provincial Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan, is working across a number of ministries to minimize and mitigate negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of the
infestation, while recovering the greatest value and protecting public health, safety and infrastructure. In collaboration
with other ministries, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is accelerating the identification and development
of energy, mineral and other non-forest economic opportunities and related infrastructure requirements in areas where the
mountain pine beetle has attacked wood.
Asia Pacific Initiative
The British Columbia Asia Pacific Initiative ensures the province has a coordinated and targeted strategic plan in place that
takes full advantage of B.C.'s Pacific Gateway advantages and Asian cultural and language base. The Asia Pacific Initiative
defines B.C.'s future role in the Asia Pacific economy and identifies the immediate priority actions that must be taken to
further integrate the province into Asian markets.
The Ministry supports the government's Asia Pacific Initiative by: promoting increased investment in British Columbia's mining
sector and in new and existing pipelines, both within the province and through British Columbia from Alberta; streamlining
and updating legislative and policy frameworks to minimize regulatory burdens and increase British Columbia's competitiveness;
and the ongoing promotion of British Columbia's alternative energy generation technologies and hydrogen, fuel cell, and mining
The Minister of State for Mining and staff attended the November 2006 China Mining Congress in Beijing to gather information,
build relationships with key Chinese officials in the mining industry, and to attract direct investment into British Columbia
mining opportunities. The forum was an opportunity to promote British Columbia-based mining, energy service and technology
businesses, including mine engineering, reclamation and environmental consulting services, the Province's hydrogen fuel cell
sector and alternative and green energy technology businesses.
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
All provincial ministries, agencies and Crowns have been working together to ensure every available opportunity to develop
sustainable economic legacies are explored and pursued so that businesses and communities in British Columbia receive benefit
from the Games. The Ministry will highlight examples of excellence in British Columbia that support the concept of a "green
Olympics" for both the Beijing and Vancouver Olympic events.
British Columbia continues to make regulatory reform a priority across government, making it easier for businesses to operate
and succeed in British Columbia, while still preserving regulations that protect public health, safety and the environment.
A citizen-centred approach to regulatory reform will reduce the number of steps it takes to comply with government requirements
or access government programs and services.
The Ministry supports the government's regulatory reform initiative by meeting its target of no net increase in regulations
over the next three years. Any new regulation will be balanced with ensuring that those regulations that no longer serve a
useful purpose are eliminated. This will shift the Ministry's regulatory climate to more cost-effective, results-based regulatory
requirements that are responsive to our fast changing world.
The Ministry is leading or supporting a number of intergovernmental initiatives aimed at making material improvements to the
efficiency of the regulatory and project assessment processes applied to mining and energy projects. These initiatives include
those directed by the federal/provincial/territorial Ministers of Energy and Mines from across Canada, as well as proposed
streamlining initiatives being developed bilaterally between British Columbia and Canada.
The Ministry's Oil and Gas Regulatory Improvement Initiative will advance the government's results based approach to regulation
and reduce the regulatory burden on citizens and businesses. In addition, the Ministry has identified access improvements
to Petroleum Titles Online as our Citizen Centred Regulatory Reform Project, and will be working to map the business process
improvements by April 2007.
Citizen-Centred Service Delivery Initiative
Citizen-centred service delivery is a government-wide initiative to coordinate information, programs and services so that
they can be presented to citizens in a way that takes their needs into account from beginning to end. The vision is to make
it possible for citizens to access the government information and services they need in a simple and timely manner with a
phone call, a mouse click or a visit to a service centre, no matter how many programs or ministries are involved in their
Examples of Ministry support for the goals of citizen-centred service delivery include an ongoing program for the upgrade
and improvement of Mineral Titles Online and Petroleum Titles Online to meet client needs and provide public information,
evaluating options for Coal Titles Online, and the planned establishment of two positions in Fort St. John to carry out First Nations
and community engagement.
In support of the governments' FrontCounter BC initiative, the Ministry is working directly with the Integrated Land Management
Bureau to support that agency's delivery of "single point of contact" services in a number of regional centres on behalf of
natural resource ministries and agencies. The Ministry's clients will be able to seek information and make application for
certain services through the Bureau. In addition, the Ministry is committed to making best efforts to achieve target adjudication
times on applications that have been agreed to between the Ministry and the Bureau. Examples of services available through
Bureau offices include: applications for Oil and Gas Permits, Notice of Work Placer and Notice of Work Mineral and Coal Bulk
Sample/Small Mine Permits.
Performance Plan Summary Table
||Thriving and competitive energy, mineral and petroleum resource sectors.
Core Business Areas: Oil and Gas; Mining and Minerals; Marketing, Aboriginal and Community Relations; Electricity and Alternative Energy.
Objective 1: Increased investment, revenue generation and job creation in energy, mineral and petroleum resource development for the long
term benefit of all British Columbians, and an increasingly secure, reliable supply of energy for the long term benefit of
all British Columbians.
- Attract investment by working with industry to develop and implement focused marketing and investment programs to showcase
British Columbia as a centre of excellence for energy, mining, oil and gas development.
- Work with industry, post secondary institutions, the federal government and provincial agency partners to further establish
British Columbia as an innovation and high technology research and education centre.
- Promote innovative and aggressive conservation and electricity procurement programs.
- Work to diversify British Columbia's fuel supply.
- Improve British Columbia's competitiveness in energy, mineral and petroleum development, by providing leadership and information,
and investing in infrastructure.
Objective 2: Efficient and effective fiscal, legislative and regulatory frameworks and services that reflect the public interest, and enhanced
social and economic benefits for all British Columbians.
- Review regulatory issues in cooperation with other levels of government to ensure British Columbia remains competitive,
and monitor the provincial regulatory environment for global competitiveness.
- Continue to identify opportunities for appropriate regulatory reductions while ensuring the integrity of environmental,
health and safety standards.
- Develop and implement a faster and simplified approach to multi-agency exploration and mining approvals, with the Ministry
of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources as the single coordinating agency.
- Expand and improve online service delivery and the use of e-business.
- Introduce new, targeted royalty and incentive programs to stimulate development of oil and gas resource opportunities,
and review existing programs to ensure that they are still current and relevant.
Objective 3: Greater community awareness of the benefits of energy, mineral and petroleum resource opportunities.
- Work with industry to develop and implement focused training and marketing programs to inform British Columbians about
opportunities in the energy, mining, and petroleum industries.
- Build community and industry relationships by engaging them in discussion about the benefits and opportunities of resource
development, and developing an offshore oil and gas benefits sharing model.
- Increase provincial awareness of energy opportunities by engaging school students in a discussion of responsible energy,
mineral and petroleum resource development.
- Pursue financial and cooperative energy partnerships with industry, such as those developed with Independent Power Producers,
communities and other levels of government.
- Manage Columbia River Treaty and Downstream Benefit Entitlement matters.
|Annual Capital investment in Oil and Gas Activities.
|Annual Natural Gas Production.
|1.04 trillion cubic feet
||1.06 trillion cubic feet
||1.08 trillion cubic feet
||1.10 trillion cubic feet
|Annual mineral exploration expenditure.
|Annual capital investment in new or existing mines.
||Safe and environmentally responsible energy, mineral and petroleum resource development and use.
Core Business Areas: Oil and Gas; Titles and Offshore; Mining and Minerals; Marketing, Aboriginal and Community Relations; Electricity and Alternative
Objective 1: Operational practices at work sites that protect the public, workers' safety and the environment.
- Develop leading health and safety standards and practices in cooperation with labour and industry groups.
- Improve safety compliance through inspections and audits.
- Work with individuals, industry, environmental groups, universities, colleges and other government organizations to expand
environmentally responsible energy, mining and petroleum development.
- Improve environmental compliance through inspections and audits at development sites.
- Encourage the development and adoption of "Clean" technology through innovative funding mechanisms.
|Flaring at oil and gas production wells.1
|Lost time accident frequency at mines.2
||2.5 days per 100 workers
Objective 2: Increased energy conservation and use of alternative, clean energy and efficient technologies.
- Work with electricity generators, electricity utilities and consumers across British Columbia to ensure an active and coordinated
focus on energy conservation in the province.
- Increase the participation of local governments in the Community Action on Energy Efficiency Program and expand the First Nation
and Remote Community Clean Energy Program.
- Encourage the procurement of electricity from BC Clean sources.
- Pursue strategic alliances with the federal government to further develop the hydrogen fuel cells industry and other technology
that supports alternative energy.
|Cumulative gigawatt/hours of electricity saved through the PowerSmart and PowerSense conservation programs.1
|Percentage of furnaces installed with Energy Star rating.2
||The Ministry, First Nations, communities and industry working cooperatively for the responsible development and use of British Columbia's energy, mineral and petroleum resources.
Core Business Areas: Oil and Gas; Titles and Offshore; Mining and Minerals; Marketing, Aboriginal and Community Relations; Electricity and Alternative
Objective 1: Increased, appropriate and timely engagement of communities, First Nations and stakeholders in resource development, and a
strengthened commitment to environmental and social responsibility.
- Improve working relationships between industry and local communities and landowners by clarifying and simplifying processes,
enhancing dispute resolution methods, and offering more support and information.
- Support First Nations in providing cross cultural training to agencies and industry.
- Assist industry with engaging First Nations in development proposals at an early stage.
- Provide information about local development activities to local governments, education and health service providers to
inform the development of social infrastructure.
- Examine tenure policies and develop guidelines to address areas that require special consideration.
|Percentage of significant Ministry initiatives with communities/stakeholders/First Nations engaged.1
Objective 2: Increased opportunity for First Nations to share in the benefits of responsible resource development and use.
- Engage First Nations to identify opportunities to participate in and benefit from energy, mineral and petroleum resource
- Develop partnerships between First Nations, industry and government to fund skills, employment and business development
- Negotiate First Nations Agreements which engage First Nations from pre-tenure through to reclamation.
- Involve First Nations and coastal communities in the development of an offshore oil and gas regulatory and benefit sharing
model, and a remote Community Clean Energy Program.
|Number of First Nations with new or renegotiated working arrangements on energy, mineral and petroleum resource development.1
Objective 3: Enhanced public awareness of resource opportunities and the benefits of their responsible development and use.
- Seek public opinion on the energy challenges and opportunities faced by British Columbia over the next ten years.
- Host regional mining and community forums each year.
- Continue the annual Sustainable Mining Award (implemented 2006) to recognize the achievements of communities, industry
- Review and improve all points of access to information currently provided by the Ministry to make more user friendly, and
evaluate and improve existing public information strategy.
Changes to Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Performance Measures and Targets
The Ministry made minor wording refinements to some of its objectives in the Service Plan, which clarify but do not alter
the intent of the objectives.
The Ministry has revised all its strategies to reflect current and emerging policies and the British Columbia Mining Plan.
The Ministry added a new performance measure for community engagement, which we undertook to do in our 2006/07 Service Plan.
The new measure is "Percentage of significant Ministry initiatives with communities/stakeholders/First Nations engaged".
A new performance measure was added to support our second ministry goal, which is, "Safe and environmentally responsible energy,
mineral and petroleum resource development and use". The new measure is: Cumulative gigawatt/hours of electricity saved through
the PowerSmart and PowerSense conservation programs. This measure replaces a measure from our 2006/07 Service Plan which was,
"Percentage of new electricity generation from "BC Clean" and clean self generation sources" as the new measure is more easily
Also supporting our second goal, the Ministry has redefined the flaring reduction measure as an index to make it more meaningful
and easily understood. Based upon the aim of reducing flaring at oil and gas producing wells by 50 per cent in five years,
the revised measure is "Flaring at oil and gas production wells", and is expressed as an index declining from a base of 100.