Media Contacts

Dave Townsend

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


Recent B.C. government changes to support rural meat production, processing
  • Allowing Class E establishments within one-hour travel time of a licensed Class A or B facility, instead of the two-hour limit that was in place before May 2019.
  • Designating three new areas for Class D rural slaughter licensing: Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, Electoral Area D in Regional District of Central Kootenay and Electoral Area H in Regional District of Fraser-Fort George.
  • All slaughter activity licensed under the Meat Inspection Regulation for Class, A, B, D and E meat-slaughter licences will be regulated under the Ministry of Agriculture effective Dec. 1, 2020. Previously, regional health authorities had responsibility for Class D and E licences.
  • Acting on recommendations made by the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fish and Food in September 2018 in its report, Local Meat Production and Inspection in British Columbia.
  • Delivering a series of food safety and animal welfare training workshops for rural producers.
  • Highlighting local meat products through the Buy BC program.
  • Funding food safety and traceability programs for meat producers.