Update: The feedback period for the discussion paper has now closed. The B.C. Columbia River Treaty team would like to thank those who participated for their engagement. A summary report will be shared by December 2021.

The B.C. Columbia River Treaty Team published a discussion paper on June 18, 2021, summarizing programs and initiatives available to the Columbia Basin agriculture sector, and sought public feedback to learn where there may be gaps.

View or download the discussion paper:  Overview of Agricultural Interests in the B.C. Columbia Basin and Existing Programs and Initiatives

Throughout the Province’s public engagement on the Columbia River Treaty, Basin residents have spoken of agricultural losses sustained when valley bottoms were first inundated after construction of the Treaty dams.  Many people have indicated that increased support is needed for areas such as accessing land, financial aid for sustainable farming, irrigation, and dikes.

To help respond to these concerns, the B.C. Columbia River Treaty Team investigated existing federal, provincial and regional agriculture programs and initiatives with the potential to help address some of the interests.  The findings are presented in the discussion paper. The B.C. Treaty Team invited feedback until September 15, 2021 on whether there are gaps in addressing agriculture interests and concerns, given the programs and initiatives listed in the discussion paper.

What are we doing with the feedback?

Feedback will be reviewed by the B.C. Columbia River Treaty Team and next steps will be considered at that time.  A summary report will be posted by December 2021.

For the latest information on agriculture-related program status and any new programs, visit AgriServiceBC, a key source of information for agricultural programs and supports available to British Columbians.  AgriServiceBC enables producers and processors to independently access existing information resources, to connect directly with knowledgeable staff across the province via phone or email, to participate in a variety of webinars and workshops, and to received regular updates on key information and various opportunities.  Contact: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca or call 1-888-221-7141.