Public Comment Period | September 27 to October 22

The public comment period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback with us.

Overview of Projects

The Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond, BC is being upgraded. The design concept for the upgrade includes tertiary treatment and a range of ecological restoration projects.

Metro Vancouver wants to ensure the wastewater treatment plant makes a positive contribution to the health and well-being of people and the environment.

The upgraded plant and related ecological projects will be designed to:

  • Improve the level of treatment from primary to tertiary to protect water quality and the marine environment
  • Withstand an earthquake and sea level rise
  • Integrate with Iona Beach Regional Park and the surrounding environment
  • Restore fish habitat, protect bird habitat and enhance terrestrial ecosystems
  • Minimize odour
  • Recover sustainable energy and resources from wastewater 

Project Updates

November 2021 Recommended Revised Design Concept

In response to the challenges identified in the July 30, 2021 Project Definition Update (see the update presentation and update report—Section 1.2, starting on page 15), the project team has been working to develop a revised design concept to ensure the best possible projects are presented to Metro Vancouver's committees and Board for consideration in early 2022.

The next step is to present a recommended revised design concept to Metro Vancouver committees for consideration in November 2021.

Agendas for the following committee meetings will be posted at the links below, approximately one week before each meeting:

Ongoing priority activities

Metro Vancouver is continuing to deliver on priority project activities that will not be impacted by any design refinements, including:

  • Removal of biosolids stockpiles at the existing treatment plant
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Technical studies for ecological restoration projects
  • Work to obtain required permits and approvals
  • Design of a barge berth for transportation of construction materials to and from Iona Island
  • Improvements to roads and upgraded electrical servicing on Sea Island and Iona Island

Community Engagement Updates

2021 engagement is now complete

In September and October, Metro Vancouver sought feedback from stakeholders, the public and First Nations on aspects of the projects that could, based on the work to refine the design, result in revisions to the design concept presented during previous engagement.

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their feedback with us!

Next steps: reporting back on what we've heard

The input received in September and October will be reported to the Metro Vancouver committees noted above in November 2021, along with the recommended revised design concept.

In early 2022, stakeholder, public and First Nation feedback that has been received since the start of engagement activities in 2018 will be reported to the Board for consideration along with the Project Definition Report. A list of past engagement events and meeting summaries is available below.

There will be further opportunities for engagement on this project during the design phase that will follow project definition.

September and October 2021 engagement: what we did

1 meeting with Musqueam Indian Band – September 14, 2021

5 meetings with key stakeholders – between September 22 and October 18, 2021

1 x Online Public Comment Period – September 27 to October 22, 2021

2 x Online Community Meetings – October 12 and 14, 2021

Engagement topics included:

  • Treatment technology
  • Treatment plant footprint
  • Project cost estimates
  • Project schedule

Questions or comments? Please email

  • Community Engagement

    Metro Vancouver is working closely with key stakeholders, the public, and First Nations to ensure this project considers their interests and fits with the community.

    Metro Vancouver will:

    • listen to interests and priorities
    • collaborate on how the plant is integrated with Iona Beach Regional Park and the surrounding environment
    • collaborate on resource recovery opportunities
    • provide information in a timely manner
    • take feedback to the project team and report back on how it has been addressed
    • establish a single point of contact the community can reach to discuss the project
  • Past Engagement Events and Meeting Summaries
    • Online Stakeholder Meeting (Birders & Naturalists) – October 18, 2021
      Presentation and meeting summary will be posted in November 2021
    • Online Community Meetings – October 12 & 14, 2021
      Presentation and meeting summaries will be posted in November 2021
    • Online meeting with Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee – October 5, 2020
    • Online meeting with Deering Island Homeowners’ Society – September 29, 2020
    • Iona Beach Regional Park pop-up engagement booth – September 26, 2020
    • Online Stakeholder Meeting (Birders & Naturalists) – September 10, 2020
    • Presentation


    • Iona Beach Regional Park pop-up engagement booth – August 24, 2020
    • Engagement booth at Burkeville Daze – June 21, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
    • Online Community Meetings – May 19 & 21, 2020



    • Online stakeholder workshop (Birds, lagoons & community integration) - May 13, 2020



    • Engagement booth at Richmond Public Works Open House – May 9, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
    • Online meeting with Rotary Club of Richmond - April 22, 2020
    • Community Workshop #2 – March 31, 2020 (Cancelled and rescheduled as May 2020 Online Community Meetings due to COVID-19)
    • Engagement booth at Marpole-Oakridge Family Event Day event – February 15, 2020
    • Engagement booth at VSB Student Sustainability Conference – February 14, 2020
    • Stakeholder workshop (Breaches & fish migration) – January 29, 2020
    • Engagement booth at Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event at Iona Beach Regional Park – September 21, 2019
    • Engagement booth at Wings Over Iona event at Iona Beach Regional Park – August 24, 2019
    • Stakeholder workshop (Ecology & partnerships) – June 11, 2019
    • Meeting with Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee – June 10, 2019
    • Meeting with Dunbar Resident's Association – May 7, 2019
    • Stakeholder Workshop (Birds & lagoons) – Thursday April 4, 2019



    • Community Workshop #1 - Wednesday, January 9, 2019



    • Engagement booth at Iona Beach Regional Park Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – September 15, 2018
    • Iona Beach Regional Park pop-up engagement booth – July 21, 2018
    • Iona Beach Regional Park pop-up engagement booth – July 12, 2018
    • Musqueam Celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21, 2018
  • Other Projects in the Area

    Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s Fraser Estuary North Arm Jetty Breaches Project

    Visit for more information about Raincoast’s work in the Fraser River Estuary. Please email questions or comments to




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