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Lindsay Byers

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Ministry of Land, Water, and Resource Stewardship facts

Government announced in the speech from the throne that it would launch a new ministry to oversee better stewardship and management of B.C.’s land and resources.

This followed more than a year of planning led by the Lands and Natural Resource Operations Secretariat with significant participation from natural resource ministries and in consultation with First Nations and sector stakeholders.

The restructuring is a necessary and natural evolution of land and resource management in B.C. It will allow the sector to build a new vision for land and resource management with First Nations that will embrace shared decision-making on the land base and further integrate key strategic policies. These changes are needed to advance meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, grow the economy and ensure a sustainable environment.  

The Ministry of Land, Water, and Resource Stewardship will be responsible for:

  • Developing a path forward with First Nations to build a co-managed land and resource management regime that will ensure B.C.’s natural resources are managed effectively now and in the future.
  • Strengthening B.C.’s commitment to land-use policy and planning to bring more certainty to investors, communities and First Nations by confirming social choice on the land base through inclusive processes led by this new ministry.
  • Provincial leadership on water policy and strategies, including the co-ordination of government’s source to tap strategy to protect drinking water, Coastal Marine Strategy, Watershed Security Strategy and Fund and Wild Salmon Strategy.
  • Development and implementation of a provincial cumulative effects regime and the expansion of environmental stewardship initiatives with First Nations to better monitor, assess and manage natural resource values as B.C. strives for economic recovery.
  • Provincial species at risk and fish and wildlife ecosystem management.
  • Cross Sector Solutioning – bringing together multi-disciplined teams from across the natural resource sector to address key challenges, such as cumulative effects and permitting and authorizations. 
  • Increasing the Province’s capacity to manage for cumulative effects through integration of both science-based land, aquatic, resource and geographic data and traditional knowledge of First Nations so evidence-informed policy and decisions can be made.