Amendments to the Occupiers Liability Act to help prevent resource road closures and reduce the possibility of injury-related lawsuits are now in effect, as the general public heads into the backcountry to enjoy B.C.’s wilderness.
B.C. has an estimated 450,000 kilometres of resource roads that provide commercial and recreational links to vast expanses of the province’s backcountry. Currently roads that do not access year-round communities are sometimes closed to the public.
The amendments will help keep more backcountry roads open by establishing that people using resource roads of their own accord do so at their own risk.