Water Security and Management

Water is the cornerstone to agriculture. B.C. farmers and ranchers recognize the importance of protecting this precious resource and ensuring a safe, reliable water source for our food system.

Water Sustainability Act

The BCAC Water Sustainability Committee continues engaging with the Province to ensure BC's new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) works for BC farmers and ranchers. During the year, there was some confusion within government on what details are required for licensing existing groundwater users. With considerable input from the BC Cattlemen’s Association, we had a number of meetings with Ministry of Environment staff, as well as both ministers involved (Environment and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations). While not all of the bugs have been removed, the application forms have been simplified and the fee-waived period extended. The new deadline to apply for a licence is March 1, 2022.

For information on the new groundwater licensing process—including the application itself—the new fee and rental schedule, and an online calculator to help you estimate your usage requirements, call 1-877-855-3222 or visit:

Water Working Group

The BCAC Water Working Group is a joint committee between BCAC and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and an ad hoc committee currently providing agricultural representation during the Water Act modernization process. The Working Group ensures that BC’s food-producing sectors remain on radar during the review and development of new legislation, Water Sustainability Act, which may influence how water resources are managed throughout the province.