North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Image Credit: Metro Vancouver

Ranking for 2019: 68

Industry Sector: Other

Specific Sector: Water-Wastewater

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

Project Value: $700,000,000

Government Funds Involved: The Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District has issued an RFQ to design, construct, and partially finance the plant and to manage its operation for up to one year.

Funding Source: P3

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2020


The Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant is a key component of Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan, which was approved by the B.C. Ministry of Environment in May 2011. Based on the new federal wastewater regulations, the existing Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant must be upgraded to secondary treatment by December 31, 2020.

The new plant will be built on a 3.5-hectare brownfield site approximately two kilometres east of the current facility. Once commissioned, it will provide secondary treatment to approximately 200,000 residents of the North Shore, including the District of West Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil Waututh Nation.

In 2013, Metro Vancouver completed a multi-disciplinary project design process with stakeholders to develop a facility plan that complements the neighbourhood. The facility is designed to be compact, secure, resilient, and to support experiential learning and education on topics such as water use and sustainable water infrastructure.

Metro Vancouver contracted KMPG to conduct a procurement options analysis for the project, and has collaborated with Partnerships BC to determine the optimal procurement strategy for its design, construction, and financing. Based on the KPMG report, input from Partnerships BC, and its own assessment, Metro Vancouver has adopted a design-build-finance procurement model for the project, with private financing for the five-year construction period comprising approximately 35 per cent of the project’s total construction costs.

The three Members of Parliament for the North Shore—Jonathan Wilkinson of North Vancouver, Pamela Goldsmith Jones of West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky Country, and Terry Beech of Burnaby North and Seymour—have been strong advocates for the project. The project also received support from the Squamish Nation and mayors of the communities that will be served by the new plant.

The new facility is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020, and the existing plant will be decommissioned once the new plant is in service. The Government of Canada has committed $212.3 million from its Building Canada Fund for the Lions Gate project, and Metro Vancouver is still working with the province to secure provincial funding support for the construction of the new plant.


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