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Metro Vancouver’s North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is one step closer to reality, with site preparation completed and construction about to commence on the $700-million project.The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington, were joined today by Greg Moore, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, Councillor Chris Lewis of the Squamish Nation, Roger Bassam, Acting Mayor of the District of North Vancouver, and Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee to mark the completion of site preparation and ground reinforcement activities and to kick off the official construction phase.The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is being built on a Metro Vancouver-owned site in the District of North Vancouver, approximately two kilometers east of the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant. The old plant will be decommissioned and the lands returned to the Squamish Nation. The new facility will cost approximately $700 million, with the governments of BC and Canada providing joint funding of up to $405 million. The joint funding is part of the senior governments’ commitments to invest in wastewater infrastructure to meet the growing needs of communities across Canada, while creating well-paying jobs and protecting our waterways and aquatic ecosystems. The LEED Gold facility will be designed to meet the latest seismic standards, be resilient to future sea level rise and provide a treatment process based on best practices for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. The facility will also generate about 75% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the existing treatment plant and a heat recovery facility will capture thermal energy from treated sewage for use by City of North Vancouver residents via the Lonsdale Energy Corporation. The heat recovery facility is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7,200 tonnes per year. The plant, expected to be operational by December 2020, will serve the districts of West and North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver and the Squamish Nation. Quotes:“The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in modern water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to keeping our waterways clean and protecting public health. The new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant will help North Vancouver and surrounding areas improve the treatment of their wastewater before it is released into the environment, safeguarding our vital fishing and aquatic ecosystems, the tourism draw of our beautiful Pacific shores and our quality of life for years to come.” The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities “As part of Metro Vancouver’s integrated wastewater treatment system, this project will help safeguard the health of over half of B.C.’s population who live in Metro Vancouver. It will also help to keep our waters clean and protect ecological integrity for marine life. Our government is committed to continue working in partnership with all levels of government to make life better for British Columbians.” Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing“With the support from the governments of Canada and B.C., we are pleased to commence construction of a facility that embodies our values of environmental protection and reliable infrastructure. This project represents a unique opportunity for all levels of government to meet the needs of our growing population while protecting ecological and human health.” Greg Moore, Board Chair of Metro Vancouver “The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is a win-win on all fronts. Not only will it provide a critical utility service, but it will use advanced technology to contribute renewable energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The new plant’s clean architectural design will integrate well into the neighbourhood and will bring new amenities to enhance the local community.” Darrell Mussatto, Mayor of the City of North Vancouver; Chair of Metro Vancouver Utilities CommitteeMedia Contacts: Infrastructure Canada – ph. 613.960.9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, infc.media.infc@canada.ca Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Lindsay Byers, Media Relations, ph.250.952.0617, Lindsay.Byers@gov.bc.ca Metro Vancouver - Don Bradley, Division Manager, Media Relations ph. 604.788.2821, don.bradley@metrovancouver.org B-roll video is available on request.