1995 Legislative Session: 4th Session, 35th Parliament

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BILL 14 -- 1995





Duties, powers and functions


Power to make regulations


Consequential Amendment



HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Duties, powers and functions

1 (1) The duties, powers and functions of the minister include the following:

(a) encouraging development of the tourism industry in British Columbia;

(b) providing information services for tourists;

(c) promoting tourism;

(d) reflecting tourism interests in land and resource use and management decisions;

(e) encouraging the development of the motion picture industry in British Columbia.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the minister may

(a) develop policies, plans and programs that reflect the duties, powers and functions set out in subsection (1),

(b) encourage the enhancement of the standards of accommodation, facilities, tourist services and related amenities and support structures necessary to facilitate and support tourists in British Columbia,

(c) enhance the professionalism and job creation potential of the tourism industry in British Columbia by

(i) developing occupational standards and certification processes, and

(ii) developing and sponsoring training programs, seminars and other activities through which information can be shared and expertise developed,

(d) collect, evaluate and disseminate information regarding the following:

(i) tourism markets and market potential;

(ii) trends in tourist activities, expectations and needs;

(iii) competing tourism markets;

(iv) the availability and suitability of transportation and other facilities and services supporting tourism activities;

(v) tourism programs and activities;

(vi) land and resources for tourism use,

(e) provide tourists with travel services and with information on the following:

(i) accommodations;

(ii) tourism destinations and facilities;

(iii) tourist attractions;

(iv) services available to tourists,

(f) promote British Columbia as a tourism destination, and

(g) negotiate and enter into agreements or arrangements relating to tourism or any other matter referred to in this section,

(i) subject to the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, with the government of a province or the government of Canada or any agency of or other body created by any one or more of those governments, and

(ii) with any other person.

Power to make regulations

2 The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.

Consequential Amendment

Ministry of Tourism Act

3 The Ministry of Tourism Act, S.B.C. 1980, c. 33, is repealed.


4 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Explanatory Note

This Bill replaces the Ministry of Tourism Act to identify more specifically the tourism related activities that the minister may engage in.

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