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Ministry of Agriculture

Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 356-1674


ALR, ALC and changes to regulations

The changes to fill regulations:

  • increase the amount of soil removal or fill placement that can be used for annual farm road maintenance to 50 cubic metres per 100 metres of existing road length from 50 cubic metres per farm operation.
  • allow the use of recycled concrete aggregate and recycled asphalt pavement as fill for roads and parking areas on the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in certain circumstances.

Miscellaneous changes:

  • bring legislation into force through another amendment, enabling remediation order notes to be registered on a property’s title, so prospective buyers of the land are aware of them.


  • The ALR includes 46,159 square kilometres of B.C. that is preserved for agricultural use. This area is equivalent to 5% of B.C.’s total land base.
  • Prior to the establishment of the ALR in 1973, thousands of hectares of farmland were being lost to development every year.

Agricultural Land Commission (ALC)

  • The ALC is an independent, administrative tribunal. The ALC makes land-use decisions within the ALR based on provincial legislation, the Agricultural Land Commission Act and the associated regulations.
  • It bases its decisions on its mandate of preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming and ranching in British Columbia.
  • It looks at many factors when carrying out its mandate. Each application has its own set of circumstances and is considered on its own merits.