Cannabis Production and Processing

Consultation on Managing Emissions from Cannabis Production and Processing Operations


Metro Vancouver is seeking input on a revised proposed emissions regulation for cannabis production and processing operations in the region. 

The first phase of public input on initial proposals was conducted in 2019. Following this, additional, focused discussions were held with stakeholders from December 2020 to February 2021 to further explore the proposals and to identify potential solutions. 

Metro Vancouver has adjusted the initial proposals to address concerns and incorporate suggestions raised to date and the revised proposal is presented in an updated Discussion Paper, which was released in August 2021. 

Emissions from cannabis production and processing include volatile organic compounds (VOC) which contribute to the formation of harmful ground-level ozone. We want to hear feedback from residents, cannabis producers and processors, other agricultural producers, businesses and other orders of governments on the revised proposed regulation to control these emissions. The proposed emissions regulation is expected to provide a streamlined mechanism to manage emissions from this sector and to protect the environment. 

You can provide feedback through the engagement opportunities below, by emailing or by calling 604-432-6200. 

All feedback received during consultation will be compiled and presented to the MVRD Board. 

We encourage you to provide feedback by November 30, 2021.

Impacts on Air Quality

Emissions from cannabis production and processing include volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can contribute to the formation of harmful ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter. The reduction of VOC emissions is a key part of the Regional Ground-level Ozone Strategy for the Canadian Lower Fraser Valley.

The VOC from cannabis production and processing can also be odorous. Metro Vancouver and member jurisdictions have received many complaints about odorous emissions from cannabis production operations. The regulatory proposals include potential actions to reduce odorous emissions.

Metro Vancouver regulates the discharge of air emissions within the region through site-specific air permits, emission regulations that apply to groups of similar emission sources, and general bylaw provisions.



  • Cannabis Production Emissions Consultation

    Mon to Fri (8:00am - 4:30pm)
    Information Centre


    Mail: Attn: Cannabis Production ​Emissions Consultation
    4730 Kingsway
    Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6