Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan

The Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan identifies what the region and its member municipalities intend to do to use liquid waste as a resource, minimize treatment costs and better protect the environment and public health. Approved by the Provincial government in 2011, the plan takes an innovative approach to wastewater, which has traditionally been viewed as simply a waste product.

Metro Vancouver is reviewing and updating the Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan and we want to hear from you. The engagement process started in 2021 and is expected to take three years. Follow this link to learn about opportunities to have your voice heard as an individual or organization.

Progress and updates

Every two years, Metro Vancouver reviews and reports on what progress has been made towards the plan’s goals (see Biennial Report).

Comments on the Biennial Report 2019-2020: Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan

Every two years, Metro Vancouver and its member jurisdictions submit a Biennial Report to the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy summarizing progress towards implementing the Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan. The process includes an opportunity for comment on the Report. Feedback can be provided in writing or by way of delegations at the September 9, 2021 Liquid Waste Committee meeting.

To provide written comment, please email us or provide your comments in writing to:

Attn: 15th Floor – Community Engagement
Metro Vancouver, Liquid Waste Services
4730 Kingsway Burnaby, BC
V5H 0C6

Written submissions should be received no later than September 27, 2021.

If you wish to speak to the Liquid Waste Committee, please apply by August 27, 2021 with a summary of your presentation of no more than two pages (single sided), to be included in the Committee’s agenda package. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Metro Vancouver's head office is closed to public access. To find out if the meeting will be held virtually or in-person at Metro Vancouver’s head office, please visit Speaking to a Committee.

For more information, please contact the Metro Vancouver Information Centre at 604-432-6200 or


The plan has three key goals:

  • Protect public health and the environment
  • Use liquid waste as a resource
  • Ensure effective, affordable and collaborative management

The plan also commits Metro Vancouver to replacing the region’s two remaining primary treatment plants, Lions Gate in West Vancouver, and Iona Island in Richmond.