Reviewing the Open Air Burning Bylaw

We are reviewing our Open Air Burning Bylaw with the goal of improving air quality.

The bylaw was originally adopted in 1993 and restricts what materials can be burned, as well as where and when outdoor burning can take place.

In an effort to improve air quality for our residents, we are beginning with a look at backyard burning, including limitations on materials, setbacks and time periods. Staff are consulting with the community before making recommendations to Council.

Why examine our current open air burning practices?

Island Health has flagged outdoor smoke as a health concern, and has brought this to the attention of local municipalities.

We are reviewing our Open Air Burning Bylaw with the goal of improving air quality.

The bylaw was originally adopted in 1993 and restricts what materials can be burned, as well as where and when outdoor burning can take place.

In an effort to improve air quality for our residents, we are beginning with a look at backyard burning, including limitations on materials, setbacks and time periods. Staff are consulting with the community before making recommendations to Council.

Why examine our current open air burning practices?

Island Health has flagged outdoor smoke as a health concern, and has brought this to the attention of local municipalities.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.
    What is this survey for?
    • Collect feedback about potential amendments to open air burning.
    • Help identify concerns.
    • Assist staff and Council to move forward with improving air quality.
    Why should I complete the survey? Your input will be summarized for Council and help direct future decisions.

    What is this survey for?
    • Collect feedback about potential amendments to open air burning.
    • Help identify concerns.
    • Assist staff and Council to move forward with improving air quality.
    Why should I complete the survey? Your input will be summarized for Council and help direct future decisions.


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