Who we are
The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) is a single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for overseeing oil, gas and renewable geothermal operations in British Columbia. The Commission oversees activities from exploration and development, to pipeline transportation and reclamation.
The Commission was created as a Crown corporation through the enactment of the Oil and Gas Commission Act and in October 2010, transitioned to the Oil and Gas Activities Act. This regulatory model is designed to provide a streamlined one-stop regulatory agency. Regulatory responsibility is delegated to the Commission through the Oil and Gas Activities Act and includes specified enactments under the Forest Act, Heritage Conservation Act, Land Act, Environmental Management Act, and Water Sustainability Act.
What we do
With more than 20 years’ dedicated service, the Commission is committed to ensuring safe and responsible energy resource management for British Columbia.
Our mission is to ensure responsible energy resource development by protecting public safety, safeguarding the environment and respecting those affected. The Commission’s core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First Nations, land owners and rights holders and ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation. Our regulatory responsibility extends from the exploration and development phases, through operation and ultimately decommissioning. It is charged with balancing a broad range of environmental, economic and social considerations.
Funding and accountability
The cost of operating the Commission is funded through the application of industry fees and levies.
It is accountable to the provincial legislature and the public through the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. This is demonstrated in three-year service plans issued annually, quarterly reports on financial performance, and the Annual Service Plan Report summarizing achievements during the year and comparing performance results to targets.
Each year the Commission Chair and the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources sign a Mandate Letter setting out the respective roles and responsibilities of the Commission and the province of British Columbia and, at a high level, government’s expectations of the Commission. This can be found here in our Board documents section.
The Strategic Plan describes the long-term vision for the Commission and five corporate goals. The Commission articulates its corporate strategy through the long-term goals, objectives, and activities documented within its Strategic Plan. The strategic plan can be found here.
Safe and responsible energy resource development for British Columbia.
We provide British Columbia with regulatory excellence in responsible energy resource development by:
Protecting public safety,
Safeguarding the environment, and
Respecting those who are affected.
Transparency is our commitment to be open and provide clear information on decisions, operations and actions.
Innovation is our commitment to learn, adapt, act and grow.
Integrity is our commitment to the principles of fairness, trust and accountability.
Respect is our commitment to listen, accept and value diverse perspectives.
Responsiveness is our commitment to listening and timely and meaningful action.