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Ministry of Agriculture and Lands

Crown Land Restoration Branch


About Us

The Crown Land Restoration Branch (CLRB) within the Crown Land Administration Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, provides clear, accountable cross-government policy for the management of contaminated sites for which the Province is responsible. It improves the information available on contaminated sites, and institutes a provincial framework to establish accountabilities for liabilities and progress. CLRB manages priority contaminated sites using a risk- based approach to ensure protection of human health and the environment.

In response to a report “Managing Contaminated Sites on Provincial Lands, 2002/2003: Report 5” (PDF) issued by the Auditor General, the CLRB was established in 2003 to assume a lead role for government to take actions toward creating a provincial strategy that reflects stronger leadership and public accountability with respect to the management of contaminated sites for which the province is responsible.

This role differs from that of the Ministry of Environment, which is charged with the regulatory role related to all contaminated sites under the Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulation.

The CLRB manages identified priority contaminated and brownfield sites on provincial lands, to ensure protection of human health and the environment. In addition, the CLRB will lead the B.C. Brownfield Renewal Strategy aimed at igniting green development by putting back into productive use "abandoned, derelict or underutilized properties."