Strategic Policy

The Strategic Policy Division provides corporate leadership, coordination, analysis and inter-agency communications services to the Ministry. Its success is based on championing innovative business approaches, and building and maintaining constructive and co-operative relationships with its partners both within and outside of the ministry. The Division consists of three branches: Policy, Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations; Service Planning and Performance Management; and Science, Economics and Analysis.

Functions of the Division include:

  • coordinating the ministry's legislative program;
  • providing corporate policy analysis and development;
  • coordinating and leading on inter-governmental files at the municipal, provincial, national and international levels;
  • providing committee support to the Deputy Minister and other members of Executive;
  • developing"state of the environment" reports;
  • providing economic analysis;
  • developing policy and decision-making tools;
  • Ministry planning, reporting, and performance management; and,
  • tools, expertise and Ministry program evaluation.

Policy, Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Branch

Intergovernmental Relations:

Manages, analyzes and monitors relations between governments, including:


Manages the annual legislative cycle including:

  • coordination of the annual legislative summary;
  • identification and recommendation of legislative priorities;
  • support and expert advice to executive, regions and programs on the development of requests for legislation and drafting instructions;
  • consultation with Legislative Counsel and ministry programs in drafting legislation;
  • support for the minister and executive to facilitate the progress of bills through the Legislature;
  • management of the ministry's deregulation initiatives; and
  • coordination of ministry Orders in Council.

Leads or participates in the development of management approaches to public issues related to environmental protection and environmental stewardship, helping to ensure:

  • that requirements of central government agencies are met;
  • the integration of cross-ministry perspectives; and
  • appropriate stakeholder consultation.

Planning, Reporting and Performance Management Branch

Program Evaluation:
  • Facilitates ministry strategic planning activities and development of ministry vision, mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Works with divisions/branches to:
    • develop strategies to support ministry goals and objectives;
    • identify information needs for effective decision-making; and
    • develop performance measures to track progress.
  • Facilitates the integration of business planning across divisions and alignment with ministry and government goals.
  • Works with ministry executive to develop service plans and annual reports.
  • Provides support in the development of the government strategic plan.
  • Sponsors a biennial Environmental Scan Workshop to explore trends (e.g. economic, social, environmental, political, business) that may influence or impact the ministry’s service planning and delivery.

Science, Policy and Economics Branch

BC State of Environment Reports:

The Ministry’s regular environment report, Environmental Trends in British Columbia, presents key environmental indicators based on the best scientific information available. It shows what is happening, why and what is, or can be, done about it. Environmental Trends in BC was released in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007 and will continue to be released at 5-year intervals. In the interval, the focus is on issuing comprehensive reports on special sectors or regions. The first of these sectoral projects, British Columbia’s Coastal Environment 2006, reports on the coastal land and marine regions of BC.


General Inquiries:

Strategic Policy Division
Victoria BC V8W 9M1
Tel: (250) 387-9666
Fax: (250) 387-8894

State of Environment Reporting: