Agriculture Environmental Management

Agricultural activities and operations are regulated in B.C. under the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation (1992) (AWCR), which describes environmentally sound practices for using, storing and managing agricultural wastes and by-products, such as manure and composted materials.

Regulatory Review

The AWCR is currently undergoing a comprehensive review.

Public Consultation

The first Policy Intentions Paper was posted from January, 2012 to May, 2012. Since April, 2012, the ministry has been consulting with agriculture industry representatives and government staff to clarify policy goals and discuss proposed revisions to the current regulation. Based on feedback from the first policy intentions paper and the results from the industry consultation, significant improvements to the policy direction were made. A second policy intentions paper discussing these was posted for public comment from July 2, 2015 to September 15, 2015.

Learn more about the public consultation process to date:

Agricultural Boilers

The AWCR was amended in 2008 to include requirements for boiler emissions:

To register an agricultural boiler or heater – including how to calculate output capacity and manage emissions properly:

On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion

A separate waste discharge authorization is required for operating on-farm anaerobic digesters: 

To better understand the guidelines specific to On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion, please consult Chapter 4 of the draft document:

You are welcome to provide feedback on this document by sending comments to Maryam Mofidpoor, Environmental Management Officer.