Overview of Projects

Metro Vancouver is building the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new treatment facility that will provide tertiary treatment to better protect the environment. 

The program includes:

  • The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project
    See below for project updates

  • The pump station and sewer pipes to serve the new plant (the Conveyance Project)
    Learn more about the Conveyance Project
  • Decommissioning the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant
    This work will begin in the mid-2020s. When complete, the land will be returned to Squamish Nation.

About the Treatment Plant

The North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant is a new tertiary treatment facility being built to replace the existing primary level Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant on the North Shore. 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 and businesses 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

  Location: West 1st Street, between Pemberton Avenue and Philip Avenue, District of North Vancouver

Current Activity at the Treatment Plant Site

Crews have now started early works construction at the treatment plant site. Early works are defined packages of work that allow construction to move forward while we continue to develop a new plan to complete the project, including a revised project budget and schedule. Activity on the site is expected to increase over the fall as this work progresses.

What to expect on and near the site over the coming month:

  • Cranes moving materials and equipment
  • Crews pouring concrete and working on concrete forms and structures
  • Construction noise from power equipment such as jackhammers and saws
  • Crews conducting survey work and inspections

Road Work on West 1st Street

Starting on October 11, 2022 for approximately four days, crews will be upgrading existing road plates on West 1st Street, east of Philip Avenue (see map below for location). The road plates are steel-reinforced protective covers that are placed over trenches to allow for the safe flow of vehicle, cycling, and pedestrian traffic, while giving crews easy access to underground pipes as needed to support construction.

Crews will be installing new neoprene pads beneath the road plates, to reduce the noise that is produced when vehicles drive over them. New asphalt ramps will be paved on either side of the plates, and a non-slip coating will be added the cycling lane.

Temporary lane closures will be required on West 1st Street during work hours. Work will be completed in stages to ensure two-way traffic is maintained. Please follow the direction of signage and traffic control people. Some activities are weather dependent and may be postponed to take place during drier conditions.

This map shows the location of upcoming road plate work on West 1st Street.

New Permit-Only Parking Area on West 1st Street

In early October, a new, permit-only parking area was created at the end of West 1st Street, west of Garden Avenue, for construction personnel working at the treatment plant site. This parking area was approved by the District of North Vancouver, and is one of several measures we are taking to reduce the impact of the project on the local community.

Vehicles parking in this area are required to display a permit on their dashboard at all times. The area will be monitored regularly, and parking restrictions will be enforced in accordance with District of North Vancouver bylaws.

This map shows the location of a new permit-only parking area for project construction personnel on West 1st Street, west of Garden Avenue.

  • Project Documents

    Monthly Email Newsletters

    From April 2022 onwards, we will provide the community with updates about the project and site activities approximately once a month through an email newsletter. You can sign up to the mailing list by clicking the button under “Stay Connected”.

    Project Fact Sheets

    Media Releases


    • October 5, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
    • September 21, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
    • July 13, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
    • June 8, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
    • May 18, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
    • April 13, 2022
      Liquid Waste Committee: North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update
    • March 9, 2022
      Liquid Waste Committee: Contract Amendment of RFP No. 14-205 - Design Build Consulting Services for the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant to Design Consultant, Engineer of Record Service
    • February 23, 2022
      Liquid Waste Committee: Award of Contract Resulting from RFQ No. 21-457: North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant (NSWWTP) Project
  • Construction Impacts

    Construction impacts for the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant project may include:

    • Traffic pattern changes and possible temporary delays
    • Parking restrictions
    • Large vehicles and heavy equipment in the work area and on nearby roads
    • Construction noise and vibration
  • Work Hours

    Monday to Friday between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm

    Saturdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

    All work will comply with District of North Vancouver bylaws or granted bylaw variances. Advance notification will be provided if extended working hours are scheduled.

  • Sustainability

    The new treatment plant will be constructed to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and ENVISION Gold certification standards. The plant will harvest and reuse rainwater outside the plant and will conserve and reclaim water used within the plant.

    What is LEED? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. LEED seeks to optimize the use of natural resources, promote regenerative and restorative strategies, maximize the positive and minimize the negative environmental and human health consequences of the construction industry, and provide high-quality indoor environments for building occupants.

    What is ENVISION? Envision® is a sustainability rating system and planning guide for introducing sustainability considerations into infrastructure projects. Envision assesses not only individual project performance, but how well projects contribute to the efficiency and long-term sustainability of the communities they serve.

    Both rating systems are complementary and provide a flexible framework to identify sustainable approaches throughout Project design, construction and plant operations.

  • Working with the Community

    Metro Vancouver is committed to minimizing impacts and working with the community to listen to concerns and interests and ensure they are considered as the project progresses. A community liaison is available to address issues, answer questions from the community, and provide project updates as they arise.

    We have worked closely with North Shore communities, special interest groups, local governments and First Nations since 2012 to learn about their values, interests and concerns. This engagement informed the design of the new wastewater treatment plant. You can find meeting summaries and past presentations here:

 Maps & Images

About the Conveyance Project

A pump station and new pipes are needed to move wastewater from West Vancouver to the new North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant, and to move the treated wastewater from the new plant to the existing outfall, located under the Lions Gate Bridge. Construction of the pump station and a large portion of the conveyance piping was completed in summer 2022. The remaining pipes will be installed when construction of the new treatment plant is nearing completion.

Funding Partners

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: www.infrastructure.gc.ca.




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