Cannabis Production and Processing

Engagement Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the regulatory proposals to manage emissions from cannabis production and processing. Metro Vancouver will consider all comments in the development of a proposed emission regulation for MVRD Board consideration. A summary of the feedback received is expected to be provided to the MVRD Board in 2022.

You can continue to provide feedback or ask questions about the proposals by emailing or by calling 604-432-6200.

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.

As a result of what we heard, Metro Vancouver revised the initial proposals and held a second phase of engagement from August 2021 to February 1, 2022 based on an updated Discussion Paper.

What’s next?

We are currently reviewing feedback and considering concerns identified throughout the engagement process. A feedback summary will be shared on our project webpage after a report has been prepared for the MVRD Board. The report will also include recommendations to help inform decisions on the proposed new emission regulation bylaw.

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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.