Instead of stand-alone legislation, B.C. has a suite of regulations, policies, and programs for the protection and recovery of species at risk.
- In 2014, the Province released its Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk, providing a clear path for leadership in the conservation of species-at-risk.
- In B.C., the management of species at risk is based on independent scientific advice, consideration of social and economic factors, and full consultation with all affected stakeholders (e.g. private landowners, local governments).
- 228 species in B.C. are listed under the federal Species at Risk Act.
- The BC Conservation Data Centre provides information on more than 6,500 native plants and animals and reports on the status of more than 5,300 of these elements.
- The Province is also working with the Government of Canada and other provinces and territories under the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk, signed in 1996.
- In 2005, the B.C. government became the first province or territory to negotiate and sign a species at risk bilateral agreement with the federal government.
- The Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Species at Risk (the bilateral agreement) lays out roles and responsibilities for species-at-risk management between the Province and Canada.
- This framework, which sets out how the Province collaborates with the federal government on species-at-risk issues, is expected to be renewed in 2017.