Are you interested in shaping what BC species-at-risk legislation will look like?

Recovery of species at risk is a responsibility we all share. The help of Indigenous peoples, government organizations, not-for-profit organizations, industry and natural resource focused businesses, and citizens is needed to ensure the conservation of species at risk.

Over the past 8 years, the B.C. government has held three public discussions about species at risk. These have included the Task Force on Species at Risk (2010), the Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk (2014), and the Species at Risk Public Engagement (2016). A description and the results of the 2016 engagement process is available.

This year, 2018, will see new opportunities to participate as the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy moves towards their mandate to create new species-at-risk legislation. These engagement opportunities follow a multi-stage process with an intent to work openly to develop solutions that will inform species-at-risk legislation. Some examples of upcoming opportunities:

  • The Ministry will reach out to the citizens of B.C. and organizations that have the most ability to impact, recover, and protect species at risk to help inform new legislation.
  • There will be a series of discussions, some smaller in scale, and some larger, with Indigenous peoples and stakeholders such as local governments, non-governmental organizations, industry groups, professional associations, and researchers.
  • A moderated online discussion will be posted below and open to all citizens for comment.
  • An intentions paper will be posted to this site for public review and comment.
  • Meeting summaries from all Indigenous and stakeholder meetings and any organization’s written submissions will be posted to this site.

A summary of all of the feedback received will also be posted to this site. Come back often to learn more about the specific opportunities and to get more involved with species at risk in British Columbia.


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Discussion #4 – Information Needs for Species at Risk

Posted on June 11, 2018

Information on species at risk is used for a variety of reasons, including: targeting species-at-risk surveys, informing the review of development permits and environmental assessments, and supporting on-the-ground recovery actions. More information on where species at risk occur and the habitat they use can lead to better informed decisions and... Read More

Discussion #3: Exploring an ecosystem or multi-species approach

Posted on May 14, 2018

British Columbia has an incredibly diverse landscape, ranging from lush coastal rainforests, dry interior grasslands, globally unique inland rainforests, boreal forests and coastal estuaries. B.C.’s diverse ecosystems are home to tens of thousands of species – many of which have yet to be discovered. Decades of human influence, a changing... Read More

Discussion #2: Stewardship of Species at Risk on private land

Posted on May 7, 2018

Species at risk occur broadly across British Columbia. Some species are known to occur in only one, isolated area, while others are much more widespread and rely on larger areas for their habitat. As a result, effectively protecting species at risk from extinction will sometimes be necessary on private land. What happens if there is a species... Read More

Discussion #1: Species at Risk Legislation in B.C. – What does it mean for me?

Posted on April 27, 2018

British Columbia has an internationally important role in conservation because many of our species and ecosystems are found nowhere else in Canada, and in some cases, nowhere else in the world. However, the number of species that are at-risk continues to grow. In the last engagement, we heard that the current framework of regulations meant to... Read More