Deputy Minister Oil and Gas Task Force – BC’s Northeast ALR

As part of Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham’s mandate commitment to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), in January 2018, the minister established an independent advisory committee to provide the Province with strategic advice and policy guidance.

The independent advisory committee identified recommendation 25 of the Final Committee Report to examine oil and gas exploration and agricultural interests in BC’s Northeast ALR.

From the Revitalization Committee’s report:

Recommendation 25:

Immediately work to address the imbalance between oil and gas development and agriculture in BC’s Northeast ALR:

  1. Form a Deputy Minister-level, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional Task Force to develop a Northeast ALR Strategy; and,
  2. Establish an increased ALC presence to support farmers and ranchers in BC’s Northeast ALR.

The Task Force has been established and has approved a Terms of Reference to guide their work:

Please check back for updates on the work of the Task Force, including the future publication of a fact-based background report.