Bill 51 contains a number of reforms and amendments that will change the way mines, dams and pipelines are reviewed and approved in BC.
Wastewater containing toxic heavy metals has been spewing from hundreds of inactive mines nationwide for decades.
Government wants a plan for regulations, waste-water disposal, consulting First Nations, a royalty structure and a social licence.
Groups call for action to prevent mine waste leaks similar to the Mount Polley in BC.
US manufacturers have struggled this year, with output up only 1.8% in the last 12 months.