The B.C. government strives to ensure compliance with environmental regulatory requirements. This is achieved through the use of a variety of compliance tools, giving consideration to using the most appropriate tool necessary to obtain compliance, and when required, to promote general deterrence.
When considering how to respond to non-compliance, officials consider the severity of actual or potential impact to the environment, human health or safety, the factual circumstances of the alleged offence, the compliance history of the offender, as well as how to achieve the best environmental outcome and reduce the likelihood of repeat offences. In some cases, progressive sanctions are used when previous enforcement actions have been ineffective.
Use the links below to learn more about some of the key enforcement actions used by environmental enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. These pages refer to actions commonly reported in the Quarterly Environmental Enforcement Summaries and the Environmental Violations Database. Other actions may be available to government in addition to those listed here.