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Metro Vancouver’s Board of Directors today confirmed that construction of a new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant – one of five treatment plants operated by Metro Vancouver as part of an integrated, regional sewerage system – is the region’s first priority for funding under the recently announced National Building Canada Fund. “With a preliminary design and business case completed, we are ready to hit the ground running with our funding applications,” said Board Chair Greg Moore. At an estimated cost of $700 million (2018 dollars), the new facility will replace the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant – a primary treatment facility – that has served the region since 1961.  Federal wastewater regulations enacted in 2012 require a secondary treatment facility for North Shore communities by 2020. The Board also confirmed that it will pursue a Design-Build-finance (extended warranty) procurement process for the project. “KPMG undertook a detailed value for money analysis of potential procurement options for us, including traditional Design-Bid-Build, D-B-f and P3 Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain models. Their analysis confirms that the Design-Build-finance (extended warranty) approach provides the best value,” said the Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee, Darrell Mussatto.  “This approach allows us to contract with a single entity for design and construction of the plant and includes longer holdback and extended warranty provisions for additional security.” Under the DBf model, Metro Vancouver would maintain and operate the new plant. “We have a hundred years of experience managing a major sewer utility in the region, and our integrated approach allows us to achieve significant operational efficiencies and economies of scale, as well as the ability and flexibility to adapt to changing conditions,” Director Mussatto said. The Building Canada Fund is to provide $14 billion over 10 years, with $10 billion allocated to a Provincial-Territorial fund for infrastructure projects including wastewater treatment. “The communities of Metro Vancouver have committed to their fair share of the anticipated cost of the new plant,” said Chair Moore.  “We look forward to support from the province in adopting the Lions Gate facility as the top priority infrastructure project for our region, and to the financial contributions they and the federal government, through its Building Canada Fund, will make in bringing the project to completion,” he said. More information is available at on New Lions Gate Secondary Treatment Plant pages, including the Indicative Design Summary Report  and Frequently Asked Questions.