Regulatory Structure

In 2004 BC passed new Meat Inspection Regulations, which came into force in 2007. The investment required to comply with regulations is out of reach for many small processors, and as they have gone out of business, farmers have fewer options for having their livestock slaughtered. Increased distances and costs make it difficult for these farmers to stay in business as well. The BC Food Systems Network published its assessment of the regulation's impact.

Watch Support BC Small-Scale Farmers and Ranchers a video about the problems experienced as a result of this regulation, produced by a group of Okanagan farmers.

BC has an Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), a provincial zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are controlled.

Manure management is regulated under the Environmental Management Act, Health Act, Agricultural Waste Control Regulation

BC’s right to farm legislation is called the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act. Disputes are handled by the British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board

The West Coast Environmental Law Association has produced a guide to legislation and regulation to protect watersheds from harmful agricultural activities