Ministry of Environment


Environmental Mitigation Policy for British Columbia

It is recognized that achieving the Province’s goals for economic prosperity and environmental sustainability requires consideration of environmental, social, and economic values. The Policy for Mitigating Impacts on Environmental Values (Environmental Mitigation Policy) is intended to support the environmental portion of informed, integrated, transparent decision-making in the Province’s natural resource sector.

The purpose of this Policy, and the associated supporting Procedures, is to provide a consistent approach and guidance for:

  • provincial staff in the natural resource sector who provide advice and make recommendations to statutory or delegated decision-makers, development proponents, or other parties;
  • decision-makers, for consideration in the process of making well-informed and durable natural resource management decisions; and
  • proponents developing mitigation plans to address the impacts of their proposed activities on environmental values.

The Natural Resource Board (NRB) recently endorsed the Environmental Mitigation Policy (EMP) and associated Procedures making it formally available for implementation within the Natural Resource Sector. The EMP and associated Procedures outline the principles and considerations for the design of mitigation measures and mitigation plans through application of the mitigation hierarchy. The EMP and Procedures will support existing legislation, allow flexibility through guidance, and facilitate understanding and consideration of environmental values and mitigation of impacts as part of the process of making well-informed, balanced, and sound decisions for the natural resource sector.

Policy and Procedure documents:

See the following pages for the evolution of the Policy: