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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Geoscience Agencies & Groups

Geoscience Agencies

Four agencies provide geoscience information about British Columbia.


  • BC Geological Survey (BCGS) is part of the Provincial Ministry of Energy and Mines which manages the development of British Columbia's mineral resources, and implements policies and programs to encourage their mineral resource development while maintaining environmental integrity. In addition, the Ministry regulates and inspects the exploration and mining mineral production industries in B.C. to protect the workers, the public and the environment.
  • Petroleum Geoscience is part of the data set needed in making informed decisions about natural gas and oil development.   This information is especially useful when this development can have long-lasting impacts. In addition, this data may assist with the exploration and development of these important resources.
  • Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) is Canada's Federal agency for geoscientific information and research, with world-class expertise focusing on geoscience surveys, sustainable development of Canada's resources, environmental protection, and technology innovation. 
  • Geoscience BC (GBC) is a non-governmental geoscience research centre initiated by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia announced in January 2005 by Premier Gordon Campbell as part of a $25 million commitment to geoscience research in B.C.  Geoscience publications can obtained from the Geoscience BC website or the BC Geological Survey's Publication Catalogue.


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Geoscience Departments at Universities and Schools

All printed publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.  Some are available for viewing at the James T. Fyles Natural Resources Library in Victoria.  Please call ahead as schedule varies.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (B.C. residents only).