BC Ministry of the Environment: Proposed Amendment/Addition to the B.C. Field Sampling Manual

OCTOBER 15, 2018 – The province has developed an additional ‘Part’ for the British Columbia Field Sampling Manual (the ‘BCFSM’) entitled “Part B1 – Ambient Air Monitoring”.

Guidance and instruction on this aspect of environmental sampling has not been provided in the past although permit holders and stakeholders have been conducting this type of sampling and monitoring for some time. The draft documentation includes a new section for inclusion into the body of the BCFSM and Standard Operating Procedures that provide guidance and instruction specific to sampling and analyte specific methods.

Each of the documents included in this new section have been vetted, reviewed and edited by a diverse review team made up of ENV staff, members of Metro Vancouver ‘s Air Quality Monitoring group and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The comment period for the BCFSM draft materials opened on October 12, 2018 and will close on November 22, 2018.  All stakeholders are invited to make comments on the drafted materials which are presented on the link below.  Your input and that of all stakeholders in the province will be taken into consideration as we revise and evolve the BC Field Sampling Manual to serve the best interests of the people of B.C.

Thank you for your interest in the BCFSM update.  All of the documentation proposed for inclusion can be found at the BC Field Sampling Manual website at:


Please direct your comments and feedback to: Blair.Irwin@gov.bc.ca