Overview of Projects
Metro Vancouver is in the process of building the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new tertiary treatment facility that will replace the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new treatment plant will be located in the District of North Vancouver on West 1st Street (between Pemberton Avenue and Philip Avenue) and will be operational in 2024.
The program includes:
- The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project
Delivered by ACCIONA (contract awarded in 2017)
Click Here to visit the official project page for construction updates
- The pump station and sewer pipes to serve the new plant (i.e. the Conveyance Project)
Delivered by North Shore Conveyance Partners (contract awarded in 2018)
Click Here to visit the official Conveyance Project page
About the Treatment Plant
The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is a new facility being built to replace the existing primary treatment Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant on the North Shore. In the interest of better protecting the environment, the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide tertiary treatment. Tertiary treatment exceeds federal regulatory requirements for treatment technology and will ensure the treated wastewater released into the marine environment is much cleaner.
The new treatment plant is being built to serve 250,000 residents in the Districts of West and North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the Squamish and Tsleil‑Waututh Nations and will:
- Improve the quality of the treated wastewater released into the Burrard Inlet
- Feature a modern, enclosed design and robust odour control system to prevent odour from reaching neighbouring residents and businesses
- Recover heat for use by the Lonsdale Energy Corporation as an alternative energy source
- Be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and ENVISION Gold certification standards
- Include a public plaza, education and community meeting spaces
The Federal and Provincial governments are providing joint funding of up to $405 million toward the construction of the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant. For more information on federal infrastructure funding, visit:
A pump station and new pipes are needed to move wastewater from the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant, at the foot of the Lions Gate Bridge, to the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, and to move the treated wastewater from the new plant to the existing outfall. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2021.