Meat Inspection & Licensing

Slaughter establishments in B.C. are either federally registered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or are provincially licensed. Slaughter establishments that are provincially licensed are only permitted to sell their product within B.C.  Federally registered establishments are permitted to export their product outside the province.

Meat Production & Processing

We’re ensuring that meat produced in B.C. is safe for consumers, while providing enough slaughter and meat processing facilities for the entire province. The Meat Inspection Regulation ensures that:

  • Animals are humanely handled and slaughtered,
  • Carcasses are processed in a clean environment, and
  • Meat is packaged and stored in ways that reduce contamination risks.

Provincial Slaughter Licences

Licences available under the Graduated Licensing System

Licence Type

Activities Permitted

Sales Permitted

Geographic Scope

# of Animal Units

Oversight

Class A

Slaughter, and cut and wrap

Retail and direct to consumer

B.C.

Unlimited

Pre and post slaughter inspection of each animal

Class B

Slaughter only

Retail and direct to consumer

B.C.

Unlimited

Pre and post slaughter inspection of each animal

Class D

Slaughter only (own animals and other peoples' animals)

Retail and direct to consumer

Sales restricted within the regional district where meat is produced

1 - 25

Periodic site assessments and audit of operational slaughter records

Class E

Slaughter only (own animals only)

Direct to consumer only

Sales restricted within the regional district where meat is produced

1 - 10

Periodic site assessments and audit of operational slaughter records

Personal use

No licence required

Slaughter only

None

For producer only

Unlimited

None

Note: One animal unit means: combined weight, when measured alive, of 1000 lbs (454 kg) of meat (e.g., beef, poultry, bison, etc.)

Compliance

Environmental health officers and meat inspectors are addressing illegal meat sales and lack of compliance through warnings and ticketing. Make sure you know the regulations that apply to your establishment.

Age Verification of Cattle

Canadian cattle producers have a world class industry-led system to identify individual animals by recording the animal's actual birth date or calving date. Producers are also using this system to verify cattle ages to meet market requirements.

Register for age verification

Useful Contacts

Contact us if you have questions about slaughter establishments or meat inspection.

 

Telephone: 250-356-8944