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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Invasive Species Strategy for BC

The first Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia (the ‘Strategy’) was completed in May 2012, This Strategy set the stage in BC as a foundation for invasive species work across the province and is the basis for our programs and efforts. At the close of the 5-year implementation period of that first Strategy, provincial stakeholders once again provided input into the development of an updated Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia for 2018 - 2022. This document is reflective of the invasive species goals and objectives for BC for the next five-year period. 

Download the Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia (2018 - 2022)


To support the delivery of the 2012-2016 Invasive Species Strategy, a Monitoring for Success (MFS) Framework was developed to determine if collective efforts were being successful. Input and development of the MFS Framework was provided by an advisory committee comprised of the provincial Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group, Invasive Species Council of BC, governments, and regional committees. In 2016, using the MFS Framework, a province-wide survey was distributed to all organizations, groups and individuals involved in invasive species management in the province from 2012–2016 to measure collective progress against the goals laid out in the Framework. Input into the survey was collected over 4 months, spanned more than 37 organizations and agencies working on invasive species within BC and saw a large range of responses. The input and feedback derived from these survey questions are reflective of the goals and outcomes within the Framework, set a baseline by which to compare against for future measurement, and are meant to highlight collective results against the Strategy. An Executive Summary of the survey findings was prepared and is available here

Download the Executive Summary: Monitoring for Success of the Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia.

If you have any further questions or comments please contact Danielle Toperczer at dtoperczer@bcinvasives.ca.