Agri-tourism uses in the ALR

In 2015-16, the Government of British Columbia (Government) undertook an initiative to consider establishing a Minister’s Bylaw Standard (MBS) on Agri-tourism and Farm Retail Sales. A consultation process regarding this initiative took place and closed on January 15, 2016. 106 responses were received from local governments, associations and agri-tourism operators.

Ultimately however, a MBS was not established regarding Agri-tourism and Retail Sales. In response to the comments received during the consultation, in 2016 the Government announced provincial regulatory amendments affecting agri-tourism in the Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR). The amendments made at the time to the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation (171/2002) under the Agricultural Land Commission Act  provided greater clarity regarding agri-tourism activities in the ALR.