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Ministry of Agriculture and Food Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 296

Contents
1Ministry of Agriculture and Food
2Deputy minister
3Appointment of inspectors
4Purposes and functions of the ministry
5Powers of minister
6Collection of information
7Agreements with other governments
8Repealed
9Fees for provincial laboratory services

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

1   (1) There is to be a ministry of the public service of British Columbia called the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

(2) The minister is to preside over the ministry and is responsible to the Lieutenant Governor in Council for the direction of the ministry.

Deputy minister

2   A deputy minister may be appointed under the Public Service Act.

Appointment of inspectors

3   (1) The minister may, in writing, appoint persons or classes of persons to be inspectors for the purposes of one or more enactments under the minister's administration.

(2) A person appointed under this section need not be a public officer.

Purposes and functions of the ministry

4   The purposes and functions of the ministry, under the direction of the minister, include matters relating to the following:

(a) the production, marketing, processing and merchandising of agricultural products and food;

(b) the institution and carrying out of advisory, research, promotional or education extension programs, projects or undertakings relating to agriculture and food;

(c) the collection of information and preparation of statistics relating to agriculture and food and the dissemination of these statistics as the minister considers advisable.

Powers of minister

5   (1) For purposes relating to agriculture and food, the minister may acquire, administer, dispose of, operate on and make improvements to land.

(2) The minister may do the following:

(a) acquire, administer, operate, make improvements to and dispose of agricultural facilities and equipment;

(b) lease stores, elevators, processing plants and product warehouses from other persons;

(c) buy, store, transport and dispose of products.

Collection of information

6   (1) Subject to the conditions the minister may prescribe, the minister may empower a person or class of persons to collect information about the production, marketing, processing and merchandising of agricultural products and food.

(2) A person who receives a written request for information from a person empowered to collect information under this section must promptly supply to the best of the person's knowledge the information requested.

(3) A person who receives information under this section must not, without the prior consent of the person or organization to which the information refers, knowingly disclose the information or cause it to be disclosed in a manner that enables a person not empowered to collect information under this section to identify the person or organization to which the information refers.

(4) A person who contravenes subsection (2) commits an offence and is liable to a penalty of not more than $500.

(5) A person who contravenes subsection (3) commits an offence and is liable to a penalty of not more than $1 000.

(6) For the purposes of this section, the minister may make regulations.

Agreements with other governments

7   The minister may enter into agreements on behalf of the government with the government of Canada, the government of a province or an agent of the government of Canada or a province.

Repealed

8   [Repealed 2000-23-41.]

Fees for provincial laboratory services

9   (1) The minister may by order designate a laboratory as a provincial laboratory for the purposes of this section.

(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations respecting fees that may be charged by provincial laboratories for services performed on the request of a person, other than a public officer acting in the course of his or her duties under an enactment, including fees for

(a) diagnostic services,

(b) post-mortem services,

(c) services performed for the purpose of gathering evidence for a legal proceeding,

(d) providing analytical or interpretive reports, and

(e) services related to a matter described in paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d).