Some climate change issues affecting agriculture are common throughout the province. Other changes are very localized, such as increased salinity in the Lower Fraser River. Suitable adaptation actions will depend on the environment, available supports and production type in a particular region.
This section describes what climate changes are occurring in different parts of the province. It also summarizes projects CAI has carried out to increase agricultural resilience.
The diversity of agriculture production in BC reflects the province’s variable geology, climate and topography.
Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George
Cattle ranching and forage production is widespread in Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George.
Beef cattle, livestock and forage crops are key production systems in the Cariboo.
Over a quarter of BC’s potatoes and greenhouse vegetables are grown in Delta.
The Fraser Valley is home to a large proportion of BC’s dairy and poultry operations.
Kootenay & Boundary
Agriculture in Kootenay & Boundary is centred around ranching.
Tree fruit and wine grape production are common in the Okanagan.
The Peace region is home to almost all of BC’s grain and oilseed production.
Agriculture on Vancouver Island is diverse, including forage, dairy, poultry and horticultural crops.