Ministry Overview

Purpose of Ministry

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is tasked with managing the responsible development of British Columbia's energy, mining and petroleum resource sectors. The Ministry retains responsibility for the policy direction provided to the Oil and Gas Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry throughout British Columbia.

Natural gas is now the single largest source of provincial revenue derived from a natural resource in British Columbia. As commodity prices for natural gas, oil, electricity and minerals remain strong, British Columbians can expect to see continued benefits and resource development opportunities. This Service Plan outlines the Ministry's strategies to increase jobs, investment and revenue related to these sectors, while ensuring the highest degree of environmentally responsible resource development occurs on the land base from which energy, mineral and petroleum resources are derived.

The Ministry administers 25 statutes pertaining to the energy, mining and petroleum resource sectors. In addition, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is responsible for the Assayers Certification Board of Examiners, the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, the British Columbia Transmission Corporation, the Columbia Power Corporation, the Mediation and Arbitration Board and the Oil and Gas Commission.

Vision, Mission and Values


We envision thriving, safe, environmentally responsible and competitive energy, mining and petroleum resource sectors, which contribute to the economic growth and development of communities throughout British Columbia.


We facilitate a positive climate for the economic, environmental and socially responsible development of British Columbia's energy, mineral and petroleum resources for the benefit of British Columbians.



We conduct ourselves in a respectful, honest, trustworthy and ethical manner.


We respond to the needs of our clients, stakeholders and the general public in a timely and effective manner.


We are accountable to decision makers and to British Columbians at all levels in our Ministry.


We strive for the highest levels of technical competency and public service.


We continually look for creative ways to improve and develop ourselves, our work environment and our services.


We promote teamwork, advance positive working relationships and develop effective collaboration within our Ministry, with other ministries, and with all of our clients.


We encourage a culture in which healthy, motivated employees proactively participate in the Ministry.

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