The year 2003 saw significant legislative change in British Columbia relating to environmental matters. The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection completed significant parts of its comprehensive review of environmental laws. A new Environmental Management Act was introduced, delayed, reintroduced, and passed, but has not yet been brought into force. There were significant developments in the areas of contaminated sites, drinking water protection, and pesticide management, and a new statute to streamline approvals for significant new projects. On the federal side, implementation of the Kyoto Protocol remains; part of the endangered species legislation was brought into force; amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act were finally implemented after a drawn out review process; and new provisions were introduced to substantially expand criminal liability of corporations.

type Annual Review of Law and Practice: Environmental Law