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Our name has changed! We’re now known as the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) and you can find us at This name change is part of legislation that also modernizes our board structure and will expand our mandate later this year. For more information, see the provincial government’s news release. Check back regularly as we continue making updates to our webpages to reflect these changes.

Established in October 1998, the BC Energy Regulator (Regulator) is the provincial single-window regulatory agency responsible for regulating oil and gas activities in B.C.

Regulatory responsibility is delegated by the Province of British Columbia to the Regulator 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. This regulatory model is designed to provide a streamlined one-stop regulatory agency.

What we do

We protect public safety and safeguard the environment through the sound regulation of oil, gas and geothermal activities in B.C., while balancing a broad range of environmental, economic and social considerations.

From exploration through to final reclamation, we work closely with communities and land owners, and confirm industry compliance with provincial legislation. We also strive to ensure close working relationships with Indigenous peoples.

With more than 20 years’ dedicated service, the Regulator is committed to ensuring safe and responsible energy resource management for British Columbia.


A resilient energy future where B.C.'s energy resource activities are safe, environmentally leading and socially responsible.


We regulate the full life cycle of energy resource activities in B.C., from site planning to restoration, ensuring activities are undertaken in a manner that:

  • protects public safety
  • safeguards the environment
  • supports meaningful reconciliation
  • advances the public interest and contributes to B.C.'s economy


  • 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.

Organization and Structure



The Commission is governed by a board of directors.


Board Members

Assisted by a group of expert consultants, the Board factors corporate risks into the strategic planning process.


Executive Leadership

The Commission's executive leadership team is accountable for day-to-day operations.

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