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BC CLEAR Projects 2015-2016 (funding start dates) > Open Burning Policy Options in the FVRD Phase II: Implementation

Open Burning Policy Options in the FVRD Phase II: Implementation

posted on 7:30 PM, July 6, 2016

Project leader: Stacey Barker

Open burning in the FVRD is managed through policies at the provincial and municipal level, but these do not address all open burning activities within the region, particularly residential or backyard burning within the rural parts of the region. Phase I of this project involved looking at options and recommendations for the FVRD moving forward with policies or practices to address the regulatory gaps of open burning within the region.

Phase II of this project will research and present appropriate options for the FVRD to consider, not just in bylaw content, but how such a bylaw can be effectively rolled out in the region. It will include the development of a business case for alternatives, as well as strategies for ensuring the greatest chance of voluntary compliance and buy-in. This may involve alternatives, an educational campaign, a phased approach, or other outside the box solutions that have not yet been identified. The results of this project will be transferrable throughout the Fraser Valley as well as other rural areas of the Province that have a “culture of burning”.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

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Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

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FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350