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

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

  • Crews pouring concrete and working on concrete forms and structures
  • Construction noise from power tools and equipment
  • Cranes moving materials and equipment
  • Vehicles delivering materials to the site via West 1st Street, between Pemberton Avenue and Philip Avenue
  • Crews conducting survey work and inspections

The level of activity on site is anticipated to increase gradually over the coming month and into early 2023.

As the weather gets colder, crews may also complete some minor road maintenance on West 1st Street from MacKay Road to west of Garden Avenue, as needed. Two-way traffic will be maintained. Please follow the direction of signage and traffic control people.

Staff Parking Areas

There is expected to be an increase in people working on the treatment plant site over the coming months. To reduce impacts on local businesses and residents, we have secured three parking areas in close proximity to the site to be used by workers and staff associated with the project.

One of these parking areas is located at the west end of West 1st Street, west of Garden Avenue. Vehicles parking in this area are required to display a permit on their dashboard at all times. The area is being 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

    Reports

    • October 5, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
       Report
    • September 21, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
       Report
    • July 13, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
       Report
    • June 8, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
       Report
    • May 18, 2022
      North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update in Liquid Waste Committee Manager’s Report
       Report
    • April 13, 2022
      Liquid Waste Committee: North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update
       Report
       Presentation
    • 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
       Report
    • February 23, 2022
      Liquid Waste Committee: Award of Contract Resulting from RFQ No. 21-457: North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant (NSWWTP) Project
       Report
       Presentation
  • 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.

Timeline

 

 

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Community Liaison

A Community Liaison is working with local residents and businesses to address any concerns throughout construction.

Phone: 604-639-9012

nswwtp@metrovancouver.org


Metro Vancouver Information Centre

Phone: 604-432-6200 (Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)

After-Hours Emergency Line: 604-451-6610