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This Act is current to September 13, 2017
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Forestry Revitalization Act

[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 17

Assented to March 31, 2003

Contents
1Definitions
1.1Tree farm licence — allowable annual cut defined
2Harvesting rights reduced for timber licences and certain replaceable licences
3Minister's orders
4Provision of information
5Deemed amendments to affected timber licences and other licences
6Compensation
7Limit on compensation
8Act to be given effect
9Appropriation for compensation
10BC Forestry Revitalization Trust
11Balanced Budget and Ministerial Accountability Act
12Changes to scheduled items
13Regulations
Schedule

Definitions

1  (1) In this Act:

"group of licences" means 2 or more licences that

(a) are listed in an item of the Schedule under a group name assigned to them in Column 1 of that item, and

(b) are each identified by licence number in Column 2 of that item;

"licence" means a licence that is replaceable under the Forest Act and is a

(a) forest licence,

(b) tree farm licence, or

(c) timber sale licence;

"timber licence" means a timber licence

(a) that describes an area of Crown land that is not in a tree farm licence area, and

(b) is held by a person who is the holder of a licence in a group of licences;

"ungrouped licence" means a licence that is

(a) mentioned in an item of the Schedule separately from other licences, and

(b) identified by licence number in Column 2 of that item

but does not include a licence in a group of licences.

(2) Words and expressions used in this Act but not defined in subsection (1) or in a regulation under section 13 (2) (a) have the same meanings as in the Forest Act.

Tree farm licence — allowable annual cut defined

1.1  For the purposes of sections 2 (3) and 3 (3), "allowable annual cut" in relation to a tree farm licence in a group of licences means the allowable annual cut available to its holder.

Harvesting rights reduced for timber licences and certain replaceable licences

2  (1) The allowable annual cut of an ungrouped licence identified in an item of the Schedule is reduced by the amount specified in Column 3 of that item.

(2) Each area of Crown land described in a timber licence is reduced by 20%.

(3) The total of the allowable annual cuts of the licences in a group of licences listed in an item of the Schedule is reduced by the amount specified in Column 3 of that item opposite the group name, assigned in Column 1, under which the licences are listed.

Minister's orders

3  (1) By one or more orders in writing, the minister

(a) must attribute a reduction in area under section 2 (2) in equal or unequal portions, specified in the order, to one or more of the timber licences held by a licensee that is the holder of one or more licences in a group of licences, and

(b) for a timber licence to which all or a part of the reduction referred to in paragraph (a) is attributed, may provide that the reduction is to be accomplished by means of

(i) one reduction, or

(ii) a series of reductions occurring on different dates specified in an order.

(1.1) By one or more orders in writing, the minister must specify, for each of the timber licences referred to in subsection (1), the part of the area of Crown land described in the timber licence that

(a) remains after

(i) the reduction made by section 2 (2), and

(ii) the attribution under subsection (1), or

(b) is deleted from the timber licence as a result of the reduction and attribution.

(2) By one or more orders in writing, the minister

(a) must attribute a reduction of allowable annual cut under section 2 (3) in equal or unequal portions, specified in the order, to one or more of the licences in a group of licences, and

(b) for a licence to which all or a part of the reduction referred to in paragraph (a) is attributed, may provide that the reduction is to be accomplished by means of

(i) one reduction, or

(ii) a series of reductions occurring on different dates specified in an order.

(3) The allowable annual cut of a licence to which the minister attributes all or part of a reduction made under section 2 (3) is reduced by the amount attributed by the order to that licence.

(4) By one or more orders in writing, the minister may specify, for each tree farm licence in a group of licences, the area of Crown land in the tree farm licence area that

(a) remains after the reduction made by subsection (3), or

(b) is deleted from the tree farm licence area as a result of the reduction.

(5) A minister's order under this section

(a) may be made or amended

(i) on any date in the 3 years after March 31, 2003 if it is an order referred to in subsection (2),

(ii) on any date in the 5 years after March 31, 2003 if it is an order referred to in subsection (1) or (1.1), or

(iii) at any time, if it is an order referred to in subsection (4),

(b) may differ for different timber, places or transactions or for different licences or timber licences, and

(c) may specify a date for subsection (5.1) that is subsequent to the date the order is made.

(5.1) On

(a) the date when a minister's order under this section is made, if no subsequent date is specified for this subsection under subsection (5) (c), or

(b) the subsequent date, if one is specified for this subsection under subsection (5) (c),

the minister's order

(c) is deemed to have come into force on March 31, 2003, and

(d) is retroactive to the extent necessary to give it effect on and after March 31, 2003.

(6) Written notice of an order under this section must be delivered to the holder of a

(a) licence, or

(b) timber licence

that is affected by the order.

Provision of information

4  (1) The minister, by written notice, may require the holder of an ungrouped licence, a timber licence or a licence in a group of licences, at the holder's expense, to provide information that the minister considers necessary for the purposes of the orders referred to in section 3.

(2) At the time and in the form and manner required by the minister, the holder of an ungrouped licence, a timber licence or a licence in a group of licences must provide the required information to the minister.

(3) A holder of an ungrouped licence, a timber licence or a licence in a group of licences who contravenes subsection (2) commits an offence.

Deemed amendments to affected timber licences and other licences

5  (1) An ungrouped licence referred to in section 2 (1) is deemed amended to reflect the reduction under section 2 (1).

(2) A timber licence referred to in section 2 (2) is deemed amended to reflect the minister's orders under section 3 (1) and (1.1).

(3) A licence referred to in section 2 (3) is deemed amended to reflect the minister's orders under section 3 (2) and (4).

Compensation

6  (1) Each holder of an ungrouped licence is entitled to compensation from the government for a reduction under section 2 (1) of the allowable annual cut of the ungrouped licence, in an amount equal to the value, for the unexpired portion of the term of the licence, of the harvesting rights taken by means of the reduction.

(2) Each holder of a timber licence is entitled to compensation from the government in respect of the part, if any, of a reduction in the area of Crown land described in the timber licence that is made under section 2 (2) and that is attributed under section 3 (1) to that licence in an amount equal to the value of the harvesting rights taken by means of the reduction.

(3) Each holder of a licence in a group of licences is entitled to compensation from the government in respect of the part, if any, of a reduction of the allowable annual cut of the licence that is made under section 2 (3) and that is attributed under section 3 (2) to that licence, in an amount equal to the value, for the unexpired portion of the term of the licence, of the harvesting rights taken by means of the reduction.

(4) In addition to the compensation to which the holder of an ungrouped licence, a timber licence or a licence in a group of licences is entitled under subsection (1), (2) or (3), the holder is entitled to compensation from the government in an amount equal to the value of improvements made to Crown land that

(a) are, or have been, authorized by the government,

(b) are not improvements to which section 174 of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act applies, and

(c) are not, or have not been, paid for by the government under the Forest Act or the former Act as defined in the Forest Act.

(4.1) Subsection (4) also applies to a holder of a tree farm licence that is subject to a deletion of Crown land from the tree farm licence area under section 39.1 of the Forest Act, if the deletion

(a) is in respect of a reduction of allowable annual cut under section 3 (3) of this Act, and

(b) is made before the date this subsection comes into force.

(5) An entitlement to compensation under this section vests in the holder to which it applies on March 31, 2003.

(6) A dispute between the minister and the holder of an ungrouped licence, a timber licence or a licence in a group of licences as to the amount of the compensation to which the holder is entitled under this section must be submitted to arbitration under the Arbitration Act.

(7) [Repealed 2004-36-131.]

Limit on compensation

7  (1) In this section, "compensation" includes damages.

(2) The compensation to which the holder of an ungrouped licence, of a timber licence or of a licence in a group of licences, is entitled under section 6 is limited to the amount of compensation determined in relation to that licence under this Act.

(3) No action lies, and an action or other proceeding must not be brought or continued, against the government for compensation

(a) arising out of this Act,

(b) because of any of the things specified in or under this Act, or

(c) because of any of the things specified in or under this Act in combination with any or all of the other things specified in or under this Act,

in an amount that exceeds the amount limited under subsection (2).

(4) The Expropriation Act does not apply to a reduction under section 2 or 3 of this Act or to anything done under a minister's order referred to in section 3 of this Act.

Act to be given effect

8  (1) This Act must be applied to and must be given effect in every action or other proceeding whether commenced before, on or after March 31, 2003.

(2) This Act must not be construed as lacking effect, whether retroactive or otherwise, in relation to any matter because it makes no specific reference to that matter.

Appropriation for compensation

9  In the 2002-2003 fiscal year of the government, the minister is authorized to pay not more than $200 million out of the consolidated revenue fund for the purpose of providing compensation to which holders of ungrouped licences, of timber licences or of licences in a group of licences are entitled under section 6.

BC Forestry Revitalization Trust

10  (1) In this section, "BC Forestry Revitalization Trust" refers to the trust

(a) that has been created under that name by the deed of trust, dated for reference as of March 17, 2003, between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia, as represented by the minister, and the Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, the initial trustee, which deed of trust sets out the terms and conditions of the BC Forestry Revitalization Trust, and

(b) the purpose of which, under Part 2 of the deed of trust, is to mitigate adverse financial impacts suffered by any eligible person, as described in the deed of trust, as a result of restructuring of the forestry sector and forestry operations within British Columbia, arising out of reductions under the Forestry Revitalization Act of harvesting rights available to licensees under the Forest Act.

(2) A true copy of the BC Forestry Revitalization Trust must be kept on file, and made available for public inspection without charge, in each regional office of the ministry.

(3) For the purposes of section 24 of the Perpetuity Act, the BC Forestry Revitalization Trust is a trust for a specific noncharitable purpose that creates no enforceable equitable interest in a specific person.

(4) In the 2002-2003 fiscal year of the government, the minister must pay $75 million out of the consolidated revenue fund to the BC Forestry Revitalization Trust.

Balanced Budget and Ministerial Accountability Act

11  For the purposes of sections 5 (1) and 6 (1) of the Balanced Budget and Ministerial Accountability Act in relation to the Minister of Forests for the 2002-2003 fiscal year, the estimated amount under section 6 (1) of that Act is the sum of the amounts appropriated

(a) for the operating expenses for which that minister is responsible in the main estimates for that fiscal year, and

(b) under sections 9 and 10 (4) of this Act.

Changes to scheduled items

12  The Lieutenant Governor in Council, by regulation, may amend the Schedule

(a) to correct, as necessary, the names of licensees itemized in Column 1 and the licence numbers itemized in Column 2, and

(b) to take into account

(i) either

(A) a consolidation, or

(B) a subdivision

of a licence under section 19 or 39 of the Forest Act,

(ii) a disposition, as defined in section 53 of the Forest Act, of a licence as defined in section 1 of this Act, to or from a licensee named in the Schedule,

(iii) an amalgamation of a corporation that is a licensee named in the Schedule with another corporation, or

(iv) a change of control, a disposition of control or an acquisition of control, all as set out in section 54.5 of the Forest Act, involving a licensee named in the Schedule

that affects the volume of timber

(v) set out in Column 3 of the Schedule for a group of licences, or

(vi) specified in any of the licences held by a licensee listed in Column 1 of the Schedule.

Regulations

13  (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) defining a word or expression not otherwise defined in this Act, and

(b) for the purposes of section 6, prescribing respecting value, including but not limited to

(i) determining value and defining the components that comprise value,

(ii) prescribing methods of evaluation for use in determining value,

(iii) prescribing factors to be taken into account in an evaluation,

(iv) defining the role of evaluators in a determination of value and prescribing qualifications for evaluators that are prerequisite to their participation in the determination of value, and

(v) prescribing requirements for the selection of arbitrators.

(3) A regulation made under this Act may

(a) be made applicable generally or to a specific person, entity, thing or transaction, or class of persons, entities, things or transactions,

(b) for the purpose of the regulation, define classes of timber licence holders and of licence holders, other persons or entities,

(c) for the purpose of the regulation, define classes of things or transactions, and

(d) provide differently for different persons, entities, things or transactions, or for different classes of persons, entities, things or transactions.

(4) In making a regulation under this Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may

(a) delegate a matter to a person, and

(b) confer a discretion on a person.

(5) Regulations under this section may be made retroactive to March 31, 2003 or to a later date the Lieutenant Governor in Council may specify by regulation and a regulation made retroactive in accordance with this subsection is deemed to have come into force on the date specified in the regulation.

Schedule

ItemColumn 1
Licensees
Column 2
Licence
Number
Column 3
Allowable
Annual Cut

(cubic metres)
1Abitibi-Consolidated Company of CanadaA15385183 125
2Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.A1870029 634
3Apollo Forest Products Ltd.A181564 186
4Buffalo Head Forest Products Ltd.A1688422 928
5CANFOR GROUP 1 556 012
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A19208 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A19213 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A19223 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A19233 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A16824 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A16828 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A18151 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A18154 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A18165 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A18167 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A20009 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.A40873 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.TFL30 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.TFL48 
 Canadian Forest Products Ltd.TFL37 
6Carrier Lumber Ltd.A1815813 257
7DOMAN GROUP 685 216
 Doman Industries LimitedA16845 
 Doman-Western Lumber Ltd.A16847 
 Doman-Western Lumber Ltd.A19205 
 Doman-Western Lumber Ltd.A19216 
 Doman-Western Lumber Ltd.A19228 
 Doman-Western Lumber Ltd.A19231 
 Western Forest Products LimitedA19240 
 Doman-Western Lumber Ltd.TFL19 
 Western Forest Products LimitedTFL25 
 Western Forest Products LimitedTFL6 
8DUNKLEY GROUP 2 297
 Dunkley Lumber Ltd.A19981 
 Dunkley Lumber Ltd.TFL53 
9FEDERATED COOPERATIVES GROUP 30 652
 Federated Co-operatives LimitedA18670 
 Federated Co-operatives LimitedA18680 
 Federated Co-operatives LimitedTFL33 
10GORMAN BROS. LUMBER GROUP 7 030
 Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.A18671 
 Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.A20173 
11HUSBY FOREST PRODUCTS GROUP 6 109
 Husby Forest Products Ltd.A16869 
 Sitkana Timber Ltd.A16871 
12INTERFOR GROUP 579 038
 International Forest Products LimitedA16841 
 International Forest Products LimitedA16850 
 International Forest Products LimitedA19203 
 International Forest Products LimitedA19209 
 International Forest Products LimitedA19220 
 International Forest Products LimitedA19232 
 International Forest Products LimitedA19235 
 International Forest Products LimitedA19238 
 International Forest Products LimitedA18693 
 International Forest Products LimitedTFL10 
 International Forest Products LimitedTFL38 
 International Forest Products LimitedTFL45 
 International Forest Products LimitedTFL54 
12.1Lakeland Mills Ltd.A1816312 457
13LIGNUM GROUP 46 972
 Lignum LimitedA20003 
 Lignum LimitedA20018 
14LOUISIANA PACIFIC GROUP 73 678
 LP Engineered Wood Products Ltd.A17645 
 LP Engineered Wood Products Ltd.A18669 
 LP Engineered Wood Products Ltd.TFL55 
15NEW SKEENA FOREST PRODUCTS GROUP 337 612
 New Skeena Forest Products Inc.A16829 
 New Skeena Forest Products Inc.A16831 
 Kitwanga Lumber Co. Ltd.A16833 
 New Skeena Forest Products Inc.A16835 
 Orenda Logging Ltd.A16883 
 New Skeena Forest Products Inc.TFL1 
16POPE & TALBOT GROUP 199 299
 Pope & Talbot Ltd.A18969 
 Pope & Talbot Ltd.A20207 
 Pope & Talbot Ltd.TFL23 
 Pope & Talbot Ltd.TFL8 
17RIVERSIDE GROUP 383 982
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA18667 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA18689 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA18697 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA19993 
 RFP Timber Ltd.A20015 
 RFP Timber Ltd.A20016 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA20019 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA20170 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedA20191 
 Riverside Forest Products LimitedTFL49 
18[Repealed 2004-36-134.]  
19SLOCAN GROUP 813 612
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A15384 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A15430 
 Tackama Forest Products Ltd.A17007 
 Plateau Forest Products Ltd.A18157 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A18688 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A18979 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A20011 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A20192 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.A30176 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.TFL18 
 Slocan Forest Products Ltd.TFL03 
20STUART LAKE LUMBER Co. LTD.A18169495
21TEAL CEDAR PRODUCTS GROUP 216 215
 Teal Cedar Products Ltd.A18699 
 Teal Cedar Products Ltd.A19201 
 Teal Cedar Products Ltd.TFL46 
22TEMBEC GROUP 189 310
 Tembec Industries Inc.A18978 
 Tembec Industries Inc.A19040 
 Tembec Industries Inc.A20212 
 Tembec Industries Inc.TFL14 
22.1The Pas Lumber Company Ltd.A1817176 385
23TIMBERWEST GROUP 33 207
 TFL Forest Ltd.A16870 
 TFL Forest Ltd.A20913 
 TFL Forest Ltd.A29159 
 TFL Forest Ltd.TFL47 
24TOLKO GROUP 246 595
 Tolko Industries Ltd.A18672 
 Tolko Industries Ltd.A18686 
 Tolko Industries Ltd.A18696 
 Tolko Industries Ltd.A20010 
25WELDWOOD GROUP 417 402
 Babine Forest Products LimitedA16823 
 Babine Timber LimitedA16825 
 Weldwood of Canada LimitedA18172 
 Weldwood of Canada LimitedA20001 
 Weldwood of Canada LimitedA20013 
 Weldwood of Canada LimitedA20017 
 Weldwood of Canada LimitedTFL5 
26WEST FRASER GROUP 857 934
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A13840 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A16826 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A16827 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A16830 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A16882 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A16885 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A18162 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A18690 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A20002 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A20005 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A20020 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.A20021 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.TFL41 
 West Fraser Mills Ltd.TFL52 
27WEYERHAEUSER GROUP 1 200 694
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedA19225 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedA19244 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedA18674 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedA18694 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedA18698 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedA18970 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedTFL15 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedTFL35 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedTFL39 
 Weyerhaeuser Company LimitedTFL44