Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Land Tenures Branch

CROWN LAND IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

British Columbia is the third largest province in Canada and covers a total area of 94.8 million hectares (366,000 square miles)..

Crown land is a public asset that contributes to the health and well-being of families and is highly valued by all British Columbians. The allocation and administration of Crown land and the disposition of both Crown and private land play a key role in promoting the health and well-being of British Columbians, sustaining the environment, and expanding and diversifying the economy

The Province has a responsibility to ensure that Crown land is managed to maximize and sustain the flow of benefits to all British Columbians. To meet this responsibility, government provides policy and legislative direction for Crown land allocation and management, and delivers many regional land programs.

ENSURING A HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Land Tenures Branch dates back to 1970, when a corporate services group was established to develop and maintain a Crown land framework of guidance, procedures and legal documents in order to deliver consistent direction for the allocation and administration of Crown land. Since then, the Branch has undergone various organizational changes and while the exact duties of the Branch have changed over time, our goal for Crown land administration remains the same – ensure that Crown land is allocated and managed for the greatest benefit of all British Columbians.

We also provide leadership and coordinate on behalf of the province for private managed forest land, land surveys, land titles, and fossil management,as well as leadingthe development of the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Framework for British Columbia.

These are developed in cooperation with other resource-based agencies and the ministry's regional offices to contribute to a coordinated approach to land and resource administration in the province.