Seaterra Program

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Ranking for 2014: 58

Industry Sector: Other

Specific Sector: Water-Wastewater

Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion

Project Value: $788,000,000

Federal: Federal Building Canada Fund, Green Infrastructure Fund, 
P3 Canada: $253.4 million

Provincial: Provincial Ministry of Community and Rural Development: $248 million

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Public

Location: Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2018


The Seaterra Program’s goal is to implement an effective wastewater treatment solution for the municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, and Langford in British Columbia. Currently, wastewater from the core area and Greater Victoria receives only primary treatment before being dumped into the ocean via the Juan de Fuca Strait. In 2006, the BC Ministry of Environment mandated the region to bring in secondary wastewater treatment, and the Seaterra Program is responsible for ensuring that the region is in line with new federal standards by the end of 2020.

At this point, the program has been paused while the CRD looks at other possible options, including alternate locations, a decentralized system, and tertiary treatment. Work continues on the replacement of the existing Craigflower Pump Station and the design for the Arbutus Road Attenuation Tank.

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