Land Tenure Access and Security

Tenure Taking and Compensation – this issue relates specifically to how the government makes decisions that may result in “takings” to our tenured bundles of rights, and how our operators are compensated – or not – if/when these takings occur. Currently, most government tenure documents allow termination at the government’s discretion. Few of these documents offer compensation for losses. This situation decreases contract security and certainty, reduces the likelihood that tenure operators will invest further in their business, creates barriers for the selling of businesses, and decreases the willingness of lending institutions to finance such operations.

Tenure (Crown Land and Park Use Permit) adjudication and allocation – while we have made some progress in this area with the Adventure Tourism (AT) tenure policy and Parks Act, and the move towards harmonizing the two, there remain some key issues to address. Operators are also experiencing issues concerning inconsistent tenure renewal terms. We need a fair, rules-based system for tenuring, but not one which is overly complicated and burdensome.

Remote Land Sales – We are also interested in government continuing to look at the option of Remote Land Sales.

Tenure Access & Security Update – The WTA continues to work with staff in both the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation to make progress on tenure access and security issues for wilderness tourism operators. In June 2015, the WTABC submitted a progress report card to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regarding the Ministry’s success in confronting and making improvements to tenure issues relevant to wilderness tourism operators in the province. You can view a copy of that Report Card by CLICKING HERE.

We acknowledge that the WTA, through our various initiatives, operates on the traditional unceded territories of many First Nations in British Columbia.

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