We Want to Hear From You
Metro Vancouver is conducting engagement on a Discussion Paper that describes a proposed
regulation to manage emissions from open-air burning of vegetative debris from agriculture, land clearing, residential land maintenance, and forestry practices. Open-air burning of vegetative debris is the combustion of materials, such as branches or plant stalks, that is conducted outside a structure and does not vent to a chimney or stack, resulting in the emission of smoke.
We want to hear feedback from residents, businesses, First Nations, and other orders of governments on the proposed regulation that would protect public health and the environment in a simpler, more efficient, and less costly manner.
The first phase of engagement on a new approach to managing emissions from open-air burning of vegetative debris was conducted from November 2019 to July 2020. We have made revisions to the initial proposal based on concerns and suggestions raised during that engagement. You can see the feedback summary from Phase 1 of engagement
You can provide feedback through the online feedback form, by emailing
AQBylaw@metrovancouver.org 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 December 15, 2021.
We also encourage you to fill out a short feedback form by December 15, 2021.
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Impacts on Air Quality
Smoke emissions from open-air burning of vegetative debris contain fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful substances. These air contaminants can affect health and the environment, and some contribute to climate change. Because of the population density in parts of Metro Vancouver, smoke emissions from open-air burning can impact many people. Within the region, open-air burning activities are authorized for specific times under certain conditions, and this can create the potential for short-term exposure to elevated levels of smoke.
The proposed regulation is intended to provide a simpler and more efficient way to manage open-air burning of vegetative debris in cases where specified requirements are met, while protecting air quality and health. Metro Vancouver currently authorizes emissions from open‑air burning of vegetative debris through site‑specific, short-term approvals. The region currently does not have an emission regulation for open-air burning. A new emission regulation for the Metro Vancouver region can set equivalent requirements to the provincial
Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation that was amended in September 2019, or be more restrictive, but cannot be less restrictive.
Summary of Proposed Requirements
A comparison of the requirements of the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and the proposed requirements for a Metro Vancouver open-air burning emission regulation is available in the