Regulatory Amendments Affecting Agri-tourism

The Government of British Columbia (Government) undertook a consultation on a Draft Minister’s Bylaw Standard on Agri-tourism and Retail Sales. The consultation closed on January 15, 2016 and 106 responses were received from local governments, associations and agri-tourism operators.

In response to comments received during the consultation, on August 2, 2016 the Government announced regulatory amendments affecting agri-tourism in the Agriculture Land Reserve (ALR). The recent amendments to the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation (171/2002) under the Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA) provide clarity to agri-tourism activities in the ALR. These changes provide the balance needed to grow a farmer’s income while preserving land within the ALR to produce local foods for British Columbians.