Nutrient Management & Phase-in under Agricultural Environmental Management

Nutrient Management Plans aim to ensure nutrients applied to land match crop needs. Under the Minister’s Regulation – Code of Practice for Agricultural Environmental Management – agricultural operations will need to have and implement a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) if these three conditions apply:

  1. The operation is a total of five hectares or more
  2. Nutrients (e.g. commercial fertilizer, manure) are applied to land; and
  3. Soil nitrate and phosphorus levels test are very high

NMPs will need to be developed by either a qualified professional or, a person experienced in nutrient management if risks are high (for example, areas over vulnerable aquifers and areas that are phosphorus-affected). If you are not in a high-risk areas, Nutrient Applications Plans may still be needed but can be self-prepared.

Read about what a nutrient management plan is and how they are prepared.

Implementation Schedule

The interactive map shows how the 10-year implementation phase-in schedule for nutrient management plans may affect you.

If you meet all three conditions listed above, the requirement to have an NMP will be phase-in over time based on your location and type of operation, as shown in the below table.

* 1 AU is equivalent to 455 kg of livestock or poultry,or any combination of livestock and poultry that equals to 455 kg.

Growing season

Location

Type of Operation

Soil Test
Result Trigger

2020
onward

Vulnerable aquifer recharge areas:
Hullcar area

All agricultural operations ≥ 5 ha

≥ 100 kg N/ha

2021
onward

Vulnerable aquifer recharge areas: Abbotsford, Cobble Hill, Langley, Grand Forks, Osoyoos and Spallumcheen vulnerable aquifer recharge areas

Livestock & poultry operations ≥ 5 ha with five animal units (AU)* or more

≥ 100 kg N/ha

2022
onward

Vulnerable aquifer recharge areas: Chilliwack, Coldstream, Lumby, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Penticton, Sicamous, Sunnybrae and Tappen vulnerable aquifer recharge areas

Livestock & poultry operations ≥ 5 ha with five animal units (AU)* or more ≥ 100 kg N/ha

2024
onward

Vulnerable aquifer recharge areas: Cranbrook, Creston, Montrose, Nukusp and Williams Lake vulnerable aquifer recharge areas

Livestock & poultry operations ≥ 5 ha with five animal units (AU)* or more ≥ 100 kg N/ha
2024
onward

All vulnerable aquifer recharge areas listed above

Non-livestock and poultry operations (horticultural operations) ≥ 30 ha

≥ 100 kg N/ha
2025
onward
All vulnerable aquifer recharge areas listed above All agricultural operations (livestock/poultry and non-livestock) ≥ 5 ha ≥ 100 kg N/ha

2025
onward

Phosphorus-affected areas: Christina Lake Basin, Okanagan Lake Basin, Shuswap lake Basin, Williams Lake Basin; Cusheon Lake, Maxwell Lake, Nicola Rive, St. Mary Lake, Thompson River, Vancouver Island Watercourses; Weston Lake Campbell River, Chilliwack and Vedder Rivers and Cultus Lake, Coquitlam River, Kanaka Creek, Nicomekle River, Pitt and Alouette Rivers and Serpentine River phosphorus-affected areas

All agricultural operations ≥ 5 ha

≥ 200 ppm P

2026

All locations outside high-risk areas require a self-prepared Nutrient Application Plan

All agricultural operations ≥ 5 ha

≥ 150 kg N/ha
OR
≥ 300 ppm P

2027

All phosphorus-affected areas with an amended threshold

All agricultural operations ≥ 5 ha ≥ 100 ppm