The Heritage Branch has responsibilities that flow from the
general purpose statement contained in Section 2 of the Heritage Conservation
Act. "The purpose of this Act is to encourage and facilitate the
protection and conservation of heritage property in British Columbia."
The responsibilities of the Heritage Branch are to:
- Provide advice and information to the Minister, local governments and
other clients on legislation and heritage conservation policy and practices.
- Exercise regulatory authority under the Heritage Conservation Act
regarding the protection and alteration of designated heritage sites and the
management of the BC Register of Historic Places.
- Collaborate with the Government of Canada on national heritage initiatives,
including the development and management of Provincial participation in the
Historic Places Initiative.
- Build partnerships with other levels of government, institutions,
non-profit organizations and the private sector to facilitate increased
investment in heritage initiatives and build capacity for community
- Develop and monitor long-term agreements for the management of
Provincial heritage properties
by local governments, non-profit organizations and private businesses.