Report an Environmental Concern

The Province of B.C. relies on the public to report activity that causes pollution to the environment. By reporting pollution you are helping us act promptly to minimize harm to the environment and public health.

The RAPP program is a toll-free tip line and online service that also allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender.

R.A.P.P

Dial 1 877 952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 to report environmental violations of an immediate nature. 

When a spill occurs, or there is the risk of one occurring, it must be reported immediately by calling 1-800-663-3456.

Find an Agency for Air, Land, Water or Pesticide Concerns

If you have a specific concern regarding pesticides or an impact to air, land or water and are wondering who to contact, below is a list of applicable agencies:

 

Air 

Reporting Air Pollution Incidents

Issue

Who to Contact

Environmental emergency that is occurring now:

  • Dense smoke
  • Burning of prohibited materials 
  • An incident that has already occurred
  • Ongoing concerns (e.g. dust)
  • Odour complaints
  • Outdoor air quality and odour complaints in Metro Vancouver (Metro Vancouver has delegated authority for air quality from the Province)
  • Workplace indoor air quality
  • Work Safe BC: 1-888-621-7233, 604-276-3100 (Lower Mainland)
 
Reporting Land Pollution Incidents

Issue

Who to Contact

Environmental emergency that is occurring now or to follow up on an issue you have already reported. 

Impacts to Crown land related to:

  • Foreshore work
  • Work in a creek/stream
  • Use of fire in forests or on grasslands
  • Development or use of Crown land
  • Forestry operations
  • Aggregate extraction
  • Culturally sensitive sites and artifacts
  • Forest service roads
  • Damage to the environment due to the use of off-road vehicles
  • Habitat damage
  • Forest recreation sites and trails
  • Crown pastures and associated livestock
 
Reporting Water Pollution Incidents

Issue

Who to Contact

Environmental emergency that is occurring now:

  • Something being spilled or leaking into a water body, storm drain, ground water
  • Fuel, oil, manure, paint, hazardous waste
  • An incident that has already occurred
  • Ongoing concerns
  • Impacts to water may include litter in water, algae or oily sheen
  • Drinking water quality concerns and impacts to human health
  • Drinking water wells
  • Ground water beside a drinking water well

Fisheries violations:

  • Fishing in a closed area
  • Exceeding daily catch limit
  • Damage to fish habitat

Impacts to Crown Land related to:      

  • Foreshore work
  • Work in a creek/stream
  • Partially sunken vessels, threat to navigation
  • Vessels that pose a potential, actual or immediate threat to the environment such as leaking oil
  • Vessels at the bottom of a water body

Issue

Who to Contact

Environmental emergency that is occurring now or an incident that has already occurred:

  • Pesticide application, leak or spill into a water body
  • Pesticide drift
  • Suspected misuse of a pesticide
  • Concerns about treatment notification
  • Negative effect (adverse reaction) to humans, animals (pets or livestock) or the environment (plants or wildlife) resulting from pesticide exposure
  • A store selling an unregistered pest control product.
  • A company/user importing a pest control product that is not registered in Canada.
  • Suspected misuse of a registered pest control product by a licensed applicator/farmer.
  • The manufacture of an unlicensed pest control product.

In a workplace

  • Fatality, serious incident, or unsafe working conditions.
  • WorkSafeBC:
    1-888-621-7233,
    604-276-3100 (Lower Mainland)