Proposed Changes to ALR: Minister Lana Popham

The Province is proposing more residential flexibility for people living in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) as outlined in a new policy intentions paper released Jan. 27, 2020, by the Ministry of Agriculture. In order to support farmers and non-farmers living in the ALR, government is considering regulatory changes to enable landowners to have both a principal residence and a small secondary residence on their property, provided they have approval from their local government. ALR property owners would not be required to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for approval. It’s almost like the ministry is backtracking on some of the changes that were made last year. To clarify these issues Harjinder Thind chats with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham.