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Improving B.C.’s food security

The Province has consulted with Treaty First Nations, some local governments, the Agricultural Land Commission and the BC Agricultural Council and will be doing further targeted consultations with additional local governments, agricultural partners, industry experts and business associations on these changes to B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation.

These discussions will seek to ensure that any changes will benefit communities, farmers and the agritech industry, while protecting agricultural land and soil.

The B.C. Food Security Task Force provided recommendations to government outlining new ways to use technology and innovation to strengthen B.C.’s economy and the agriculture sector, today and for generations to come.

The task force’s findings include:

  • applying the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to agricultural policies;
  • establishing an incubation/acceleration strategy for B.C.’s agritech sector;
  • creating an agriculture and agritech institute in B.C. in partnership with post-secondary institutions; and
  • reviewing land-use planning policies and regulations to ensure B.C.’s agritech sector has a place to grow.

The implementation of any changes will be monitored closely to ensure they are supporting the agritech industry without eroding the food-producing soils, which are also important for food security. These changes will further support work underway to develop a new Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech Network, which will create jobs and opportunities for farmers and improve food security by using agritech to enhance production, while helping to mitigate impacts from climate change.

Developing B.C. agritech

In 2021, the B.C. government invested $7.5 million in grants for high-potential agritech companies to help increase food production and established the Agritech Concierge as a one-stop shop to help businesses grow, diversify, access new markets and attract investment opportunities.

This investment helped to fund projects, including the development of robotics for safe and efficient berry and mushroom harvesting, autonomous electric vehicles to transport produce within greenhouses for processing, packing and shipping, smart technology to enhance wine analysis and production, and low-cost wireless biosensors to monitor pathogens common in agriculture.

In addition to the regulatory change and new Centre of Excellence, the Agritech Concierge operated by the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation will continue to provide personalized service to businesses to attract investment capital, navigate government programs and work to support the securing of land for businesses to scale up and prosper.