Since there have been recent changes by government to strengthen the ALR and ALC, the ministry is hosting six in-person sessions, along with the ALC, throughout the province to help British Columbians understand the purpose and context of the changes. The sessions will also focus on furthering the discussion on supporting B.C. farmers and ranchers by gathering input from British Columbians on the three topics:

Farm Business Expansion and Diversification

Some farm businesses are interested in diversifying into new value-added opportunities. What ideas do you have that can provide other economic opportunities to farm businesses in the ALR, while limiting impacts to farm land and respecting local municipal planning?

Supporting New and Beginning Farmers

Starting a farm has barriers such as the cost of establishing a new business and/or getting access to farmland. The Ministry already funds programs such as the Young Agrarians and has developed resources for beginning and young farmers, such as the New Entrant Strategy and the New Entrants Needs Assessment. Do you have other ideas about how government can best support new or beginning farmers?

Residential Flexibility

Residences are an important part of the ALR. The purpose of the ALR is to protect land for farming and it covers less than 5% of the province’s land-base. It was created in 1973 because at that time thousands of acres of farmland were being lost to development every year. How can we ensure there are diverse residential options for people living in the ALR while at the same time prioritize the land to be used for farming or ranching?

In-person public meetings are planned in the following communities:

  • Tuesday October 1 – Delta
  • Wednesday October 2 – Dawson Creek
  • Thursday October 3 – Prince George
  • Thursday October 10 – Kelowna
  • Wednesday October 30 – Castlegar
  • Tuesday November 5 – Cranbrook
  • Thursday November 14 – Kamloops

Our first session was held in Courtenay/Comox on Thursday September 19, 2019

Register for an in-person community meeting.