Terms of Use

Submission and Moderation of Content

You agree that you will only use the Website and submit Content in accordance with the Terms.  Your failure to do so may result in you being temporarily and/or permanently suspended from using the Website.

In accordance with the Terms, all Content will be read and moderated before being published on the Website and you expressly grant the Province the right to moderate, edit, refuse to post, remove and/or delete any Content that the Province deems, in its absolute discretion, to be unlawful, objectionable, inappropriate or otherwise contrary to the Terms.

Ownership and License

You retain ownership of all Content you submit to the Website. You represent and warrant that you have obtained all necessary rights and permissions to grant to the Province the license described below in these Terms of Use, and that Content submitted by you does not and will not infringe the intellectual property or other rights of any other individual or entity.

You hereby grant to the Province a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, unrestricted license to exercise in respect of your Content those rights set out in the Copyright Act (Canada), including the right to use, reproduce, modify, distribute and display your Content in any and all formats now known or hereinafter devised. You agree that the Province may engage independent contractors and service providers to assist the Province in exercising these rights.

You further agree to waive any moral rights that you may have in your Content.

With the exception of Content submitted by you and other Website users, all intellectual property (including copyright, official marks and trade-marks) contained in this Website is owned by the Province or its licensors. If you wish to make use of any such intellectual property, you must first obtain permission in accordance with the Province’s policies.

Third Party Websites

The posting of any Content that includes links to any third party Websites does not imply any association with, or endorsement of, such Websites by the Province. The Province does not control, and is not responsible for the content of, any third party Websites.

Warranty Disclaimer

You agree that your use of the Website is entirely at your own risk and that you will be liable for any failure to abide by the Terms. In addition to the Province’s general Warranty Disclaimer, the Province makes no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, regarding:

  1. the availability of the Website; or
  2. the accuracy, completeness or currency of any information, including Content, posted to the Website or included on the Website.

Limitation of Liability

In addition to the Province’s general Limitation of Liabilities, you agree that under no circumstances will the Province or any of its respective servants, employees or agents be liable to you or any individual or entity for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages (whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise) as a result of any:

  1. use of or reliance on any Content or other information included on the Website;
  2. use of the Website; or
  3. failure to abide by the Terms.

Without limiting the general nature of the foregoing, you agree that the Province is not responsible for any lost, intercepted, incomplete, illegible or misdirected Content, connection failures or Website unavailability, failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed transmissions, or hardware, software or other technical malfunctions.


You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Province and its servants, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, causes of action, liabilities, damages, demands, losses, costs or expenses (including any claim of infringement of intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or any claim with respect to libel, slander or other defamation), arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with: (a) any Content submitted by you; (b) your use of the Website, the Website and/or any Content; or (c) your breach of any provision of the Terms, including if any representation or warranty provided by you is or becomes untrue.

Termination of Website and Amendments to Terms

The Province reserves the right to stop providing the Website at any time. The Province also reserves the right to modify the Terms at any time, without notice being provided directly to you.

You understand and agree that it is your responsibility to review the Terms on a regular basis to ensure that you are aware of any modifications that may have been made. Your continued use of the Website constitutes your acceptance of any such modified Terms. In the event that you do not agree to be bound by any such modified Terms, then your sole remedy is to stop using the Website.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Your name, e-mail address, age, region and opinions are collected and will be used by GCPE for the purposes of obtaining your views and facilitating discussion with other Website users.

In addition, the details of your visit to the Website, including your IP address, the date and time of your visit, and your acceptance of the Terms, are collected and will be used by GCPE for the purpose of administering the Website and the Website.

The authority to collect your personal information comes from Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (British Columbia). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, please contact: Tanya Twynstra, Director, Citizen Engagement, 4th Floor – 617 Government Street; PO Box 9409, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9V1, tel: 250-507-2163

Your name and opinions will be used for, and publicly accessed and disclosed worldwide on, the Website.

Your name age, region, email address and opinions will also be disclosed to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development to allow the Ministry to consider your views and facilitate the Website.

Your name and e-mail address may also be used by GCPE and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to contact you in order to clarify your Content, to notify you of future opportunities to participate in public consultations and to keep you updated on the progress of issues that are related to the Website topic(s). If you do not wish to be notified of future opportunities, please notify the contact listed above in these Terms of Use.

By accepting the Terms, you hereby consent to the use, disclosure of, and access to, your personal information, inside and outside of Canada, for the purposes set out above. Your consent will be effective from the date that you confirm your acceptance of the Terms until the date that you withdraw, in writing, your consent to the contact listed above in these Terms of Use.

Any personal information collected from you will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Terms and the Province’s legislation and general Privacy Policy. If you think that your personal information has been improperly disclosed on the Website, please notify GCPE immediately by e-mail at

Participate in one of the online discussion forums, citing the date and author of the Content where the disclosure occurred.


The Terms, including the information for which links are provided within the Terms, constitute the entire agreement between you and the Province with respect to your use of the Website.

The use of “includes” or “including” in the Terms is not intended to be limiting.

If any term or provision of the Terms is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, all other terms and provisions of the Terms will nonetheless remain in full force and effect.

The Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of British Columbia and the laws of Canada applicable in British Columbia. You agree that any action at law or in equity in any way arising from the Terms and/or in any way associated with your use of the Website will be resolved by arbitration under the Arbitration Act (British Columbia) and that the place of arbitration will be Victoria, British Columbia.