Frequently Asked Questions
Use the drop-down windows below to find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the public reporting of environmental enforcement actions in the Quarterly Environmental Enforcement Summaries (the Quarterlies) and the Natural Resource Compliance and Enforcement Database (NR C&E Database).
The Quarterlies are static PDF reports that summarize enforcement actions in the given-three month period. Significant enforcement actions are featured at the beginning of the reports to help readers find notable incidents and responses that occurred during that quarter.
The NR C&E Database is an online application that allows users to search the enforcement actions published in the Quarterlies.
By the authority of the Ministry of Environment Act, the Ministry may publish the names of individuals that have been sanctioned under Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy or Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development legislation. For offenses outside of the range of this authority, the guilty party is recorded as “individual” to assure the protection of privacy. The Ministry protections privacy in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). FOIPPA does not prohibit the release of business names.
Publication of names depends on the statute under which the person was sanctioned. By the authority of the Ministry of Environment Act, the Ministry may publish the names of individuals that have been sanctioned under Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) or Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNR) legislation.
For offenses outside of the range of this authority (ie: statutes other than those under the responsibility of ENV or FLNR), the guilty party is recorded as “individual” to assure the protection of privacy. The Ministry protections privacy in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). FOIPPA does not prohibit the release of business names.
The Quarterlies and the NR C&E Database include actions taken by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), the Agricultural Land Commission, and parts of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNR):
- Orders issued under the Agricultural Land Commission Act, Dike Maintenance Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Environmental Management Act, Integrated Pest Management Act, Park Act, and the Water Sustainability Act
- Administrative sanctions issued under the Environmental Management Act, Integrated Pest Management Act and the Wildlife Act.
- Violation tickets deemed guilty and that were issued by the Conservation Officer Service and BC Park Rangers
- Administrative penalties issued under the Agricultural Land Commission Act, Environmental Management Act, Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act, and the Integrated Pest Management Act
- Court convictions deemed guilty and where the investigation was led by the Conservation Officer Service
- Community Environmental Justice Forums facilitated by ENV
Environmental enforcement agencies will sometimes post documents on their own websites (listed below). Note that some of the links below lead to external web pages. Users should contact the respective agencies if they have any questions about their use or content:
- Environmental Protection: Document Search
- Environmental Assessment Office: Project Information and Collaboration System
- BC Oil and Gas Commission: Publications and Reports, Compliance and Enforcement
- ENV, EAO and EMPR: BC Mine Information website
- Courthouse Services: Access Court Records, Pay or Dispute a Violation Ticket
- Provincial Court of British Columbia: Judgements & Decisions
Users can also contact NRCED@gov.bc.ca if they need help finding more information or identifying the appropriate enforcement agency.
Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP)
call 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)
cellular dial #7277 (on Telus network)
The Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24-hour hotline is a toll-free tip line and online service that allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, and environmental laws anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender. Learn more about the RAPP hotline here.
Environmental and natural resource violations may involve:
- Damage to Fish and Wildlife Habitats
- Dumping and Polluting
- Prohibited Fires and Burning
- Fishing, Angling, and Guiding
- Forest Practices
- Heritage Conservation and Cultural Sites
- Human-Wildlife Conflicts
- Land Use, Park Use, and Protected Areas
- Pesticide Use
- Off-Road Vehicles
- Waste and Regulated Industries
- Water Use
- Weed Control
- Wildlife and Hunting
Environmental emergencies include hazardous or toxic spills, discharges, emissions, dike and dam failures, debris flows and floods. This 24-hour toll-free number connects with the Emergency Coordination Centre of Emergency Management BC (EMBC); the dispatcher will notify the appropriate Environmental Emergency Response Officer. Learn more about environmental emergency contacts here.
cellular dial *5555
Report wildfires to the BC Wildfire Service. All calls are answered by BC Wildfire Service staff at the Provincial Forest Fire Reporting Centre. Find up-to-date wildfire information and general contacts for the BC Wildfire Service online here.
Persons and businesses who have questions or concerns about any compliance and enforcement actions that they are subject to should directly contact the officer or agency identified on the enforcement document.