Starting January 31, 2023, adults in British Columbia will not be subject to criminal charges for the personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs. Health Canada has granted this exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to the Province of B.C. until January 31, 2026.
Travellers are reminded that the decriminalization of certain illegal drugs in B.C. does not apply in airports, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and does not apply at any international borders. As such, the laws and policies concerning illicit substances at YVR will not change. Individuals found in possession of any amount of an illicit substance while on airport property will remain subject to criminal penalties under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
It is the responsibility of those passing through YVR to understand and adhere to all applicable local, provincial, federal, and international regulations regarding the carriage and possession of illicit substances, regardless of their final destination.
Richmond RCMP continue to lead drug enforcement at YVR.
- Full details on B.C.’s Decriminalization
- More information on Health Canada’s exemption and what illicit substances remains criminal in B.C.
- Frequently asked questions about cannabis at YVR