The Province has released its quarterly natural resource compliance and enforcement summary for the first quarter of 2019.
The summary outlines various compliance and enforcement actions taken by the provincial government, along with associated penalties and fines. In total, the Province issued 16 orders, 30 administrative sanctions, three administrative penalties, 419 violation tickets and 12 court convictions. These enforcement actions resulted in $177,207 in penalties.
As part of the Province’s commitment to better protect environmentally sensitive habitats and wildlife from the effects of backcountry winter activities, conservation officers issued 171 tickets to those using off-road vehicles and snowmobiles unlawfully, totalling $32,286 in fines.
Since 2006, over $16 million in penalties have been levied against companies and individuals for non-compliance
To date, close to 34,000 enforcement actions have been published in the summaries and entered into the Province’s natural resource violations database.
Examples of environmental non-compliance described in the quarterly summaries include:
- hunting and fishing without a licence;
- open burning out of season;
- non-compliance with environmental legislation;
- introducing waste into the environment; and
- unlawful operation of off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.
To view the full natural resource compliance and enforcement summary, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content?id=5286CBBC06654041B5114EAB9BA9085A