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British Columbia Geoscience Partnership Program Guidelines

Project Eligibility
Project Preferences
Publication of Information
Assessment Credits
Administrative Procedures for Proposals
Summary - Program Admin
Financial Administration

Project Eligibility


British Columbia Geoscience Partnership projects may be up to three years in duration.  Partners can contribute funds, in-kind support and/or published data. To be considered, projects must meet the following criteria:


  • Fall within the mandate of the BCGS.  The BCGS is charged with providing the geological inventory required to discover and develop British Columbia's mineral resources and to improve government's stewardship of our mineral endowment.
  • Support current priorities in the joint federal-provincial Geoscience Plan for British Columbia
  • Focus on British Columbia
  • Complement, not compete with those of the geoscience consulting industry

Preference will be given to projects that:


  • Provide benefits to multiple clients
  • Address more regional aspects of geology, geochemistry and mineral deposit studies (examples would be bedrock or surficial mapping of areas at 1:50 000 scale, RGS surveys, mining camp scale studies)
  • Encompass significant areas of Crown land
  • Develop exploration concepts and models
  • Are not limited to one company's mineral claim holdings

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Publication of Results - Benchmark Projects


  • Generally, no period of confidentiality is available for data collected by Branch staff during a partnership project.
    • Information from unstaked ground will be published in the normal manner.
    • Information from a Partner's mineral claims may be shared with the claim holder at any time prior to public release.
    • The Ministry will not share interpretations with Partners, which would give a competitive advantage with respect to unstaked areas or ground held by others.
  • Results of studies and related data will be published in reports, articles and/or maps, annually.
  • Data from large projects involving a predominant financial commitment by the private Partner, such as an airborne multiparameter survey, may be held confidential for a predetermined period of time after which the data will be made available to the public.

Promotional Literature


  • Terms of Partnership Agreements may be disclosed by public and/or private Partners, provided the information is approved by the Ministry, is in accordance with stock exchange rules, and that it is non-promotional in nature.
  • Press releases by partners should be cleared by the Ministry.
  • The Branch will disclose plans for a partnership as soon as the Partner gives permission: this would include the partner's name, the nature of the project and its geographic location.

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Assessment Credit

  • A partner's financial contribution to a geoscience partnership may be eligible for assessment credit and/or Portable Assessment Credit (PAC) subject to the Mineral Tenure Act Regulations.
  • BCGS financial and staff contributions to a partnership are not eligible for assessment credit.

 Procedure for Proposals

Step 1:  Initial Contact Between BC Geological Survey
            and Potential Partner(s)

The BCGS welcomes expressions of interest from potential partners to any staff member.  As well, BCGS geologists may approach clients concerning potential partnerships.  As soon as an interesting concept has been identified, it should be presented to Branch management for approval.  This preliminary step is to avoid expending significant effort preparing proposals that will not meet criteria for approval or for which there are no available personnel.

Step 2:  Project Proposals

All British Columbia Geoscience Partnership projects must present a concise management plan which outlines the objectives, deliverables, personnel, budget, schedule and publication requirements with deadlines.  The principal contact for each partner must be clearly identified (name, title, full address, etc.). Project proposals, should be developed and signed off by all partners.

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Summary:  Program Administration


The following points outline the normal sequence of events in developing a project:


  • BCGS geologist and potential partner(s) develop a project concept.
  • Branch management evaluate the project and either approve preparation of a formal proposal or reject the concept.
  • If the concept is approved, a project proposal is prepared.  The proposal must have substantial input from all partners.
  • The completed project proposal is evaluated by Branch management.
  • Partnership projects are reviewed by the Minister's Technical Liaison Committee in the context of the branch program to ensure that the overall balance of the program is maintained.
  • If approved, a letter of agreement will be drawn up and signed.
  • For multi-year projects, progress reports are due annually before the end of the calendar year.
  • All projects require a final report upon completion of the project.

Financial Administration


Partner's funding or "in kind" resources must be used only for the project for which it is designated.  The Partner's cash contributions will be deposited into a Government of British Columbia account.  All expenditures for projects under the program will be tracked through a unique project account to create an audit trail.  The projects will be run within the government fiscal year cycle.


Any funds unexpended at the end of the fiscal year will be returned to the Partner company.



For More Information Please Contact:


Chief Geologist's Office

BC Geological Survey

PO Box 9333, Stn Prov Gov't

Victoria, BC  V8W 9N3

Phone: 250-952-0374


Or any member of the BC Geological Survey staff

Tel: 250-952-0429  FAX: 250-952-0381