Fee and Mineral Tax Models for British Columbia’s Placer Mining Industry

What is the engagement about?

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (the Ministry) is proposing to examine options for a potential new fee structure and mineral tax regime for the placer industry. At this time, this review is focused on options relating to placer mining for precious metals, such as gold. The Discussion Paper is a continuation of the Ministry’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the placer sector. This paper puts forward ideas for cost-recovery options that are more equitable across all mine sectors and incorporates feedback from Indigenous Nations that took place in 2018 and early 2019. More specifically, this discussion paper seeks to solicit new ideas and feedback on potential options, including new indicators and thresholds that could be used to determine the scale and complexity of an operation, which in turn can be used to inform both permit fees and mineral tax rates. 

Please review the discussion paper and provide feedback through our online feedback form or at PlacerRevenue@gov.bc.ca.

Feedback will be accepted until 4:00 pm on September 28, 2021.

How can my contribution make a difference?

Upon closing the public feedback, the Ministry will release a What we Heard Report. Depending on the feedback received, the Ministry will follow up with an Intentions Paper, outlining proposed legislative amendments.


Details of the Engagement

Date: May 28, 2021 to September 28, 2021

Category: natural-resources

Status: Open

Location: Province-wide

Type: Online