Class A & B Licences
Provincially licensed Class A or B slaughter establishments are found around the province.
Slaughter establishments that are provincially licensed are only permitted to sell their product within the province. Class A slaughter establishments are permitted to slaughter and cut and wrap meat products. Class B slaughter establishments are permitted to slaughter only. Abattoirs are required to have the presence of a trained government meat inspector to inspect each animal (livestock) or flock (poultry) beforehand and each carcass after slaughter.
- Protocol for Provincial Abattoir Assessments and Licensing March 2014 (PDF)
- Abattoir Guideline for Plant Construction, Equipment, Operations and Licensing August 2012 (PDF)
- Provincial Abattoirs Code of Practice February 2018 (PDF, 1MB)
- Checklist for Provincial Slaughter Establishment Approval May 2008 (PDF)
- Guidelines for the Safe Transportation of Carcasses, Poultry and Meat Products
- Meat Plant HACCP Guidelines August 2012 (PDF)
- Protocol for Approval of Mobile Docking Sites August 2012 (PDF)
- How to apply for a D or E class licence March 2014
- Application for Slaughter Establishment Assessment April 2014 (PDF)
- Application for a Slaughter Establishment Licence February 2016 (PDF)
- Mobile Slaughter Site February 2007 (PDF)
The B.C. Meat Inspection Program is authorized to permit the emergency slaughter of an animal(s) at a provincially licensed abattoir or on farm, when a Meat Hygiene Inspector is not present. In both these situations, the emergency slaughter must occur under the supervision of a veterinary practitioner. The Establishment Operator and Animal Producer Agent Emergency Slaughter Guidelines (PDF) provides establishment operators and or animal producers or agents with detailed guidelines on the requirements and obligations of conducting an emergency slaughter under the authority of the B.C. Meat Inspection Program when a Meat Hygiene Inspector is not present.
- Establishment Operator and Animal Producer Agent Emergency Slaughter Guidelines September 2014 (PDF)
- Guidelines for Veterinary Practitioners August 2014 (PDF)
- Document for an Approved Emergency Slaughter at a Provincially Licensed Establishment September 2014 (PDF)
- Document for an Approved Emergency Slaughter on Farm September 23, 2014 (PDF)