Media Contacts

Dave Townsend

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (cell)

Samantha Charlton

Project Manager, Regional Adaptation Program
BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative
778 676-7657

Jean-Sébastien Comeau

Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
343 549-2326

Media Relations

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613 773-7972
1 866 345-7972
Twitter: @AAFC_Canada
Facebook: CanadianAgriculture


Facts about farming on Vancouver Island
  • The total amount of land farmed on Vancouver Island in 2016 was over 50,000 hectares.
  • The region employed over 7,500 people in the agricultural sector (both farm operators and employees) in 2016.
  • Agriculture in the region is diverse. It includes beef cattle, dairy and other livestock (sheep, goats and hogs), poultry and egg production, horticultural crops (vegetables, tree fruit, berries, greenhouse and nursery production) and apiculture.
  • Regional adaptation strategies build localized adaptation capacity for decision-makers and the sector to promote and take action for agricultural climate change adaptation.
  • Eight regions are currently being supported through the Regional Adaptation Program: Delta, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Cariboo, Peace, Bulkley-Nechako and Fraser Fort-George, Kootenay and Boundary and Vancouver Island.
  • Forty-eight projects have been implemented since 2013, with another 14 projects underway. The projects address climate change issues such as wildfire, drought, flooding and changing pest populations. 
  • The Vancouver Island Adaptation Strategies plan will pave the way for collaborative projects that address the four priority impact areas and 11 related strategies.