Starting in February, the new electronic application process will be available through FrontCounter B.C. for natural resource-related projects in B.C., starting with Notice of Work applications.
Lastly, a review of the existing mineral and coal-land reserves will be finalized in the next few months. So far, the project is 89 per cent done, and it has made more than 50,000 hectares of land available for exploration.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Rich Coleman says once these changes are completed over the next few months exploration and mining in B.C. will become more efficient.
"These initiatives will make it easier to do business in British Columbia," he argues. "Our government is working hard to cut red tape while continuing to maintain our high health, safety and environmental standards for the mineral exploration and mining industry."