Metro Vancouver Board adopts comprehensive and holistic strategy for managing liquid discharges and rainwater resources

Two years in the making, the Integrated Plan establishes the framework for moving beyond regulatory compliance to transitioning Metro Vancouver to an approach that achieves the Sustainable Region Vision. "Think about it - the Reference Panel has influenced the waste committee, the finance committee and the way we make decisions overall. It is great," reflected West Vancouver Mayor Pam Goldsmith-Jones.

Financing strategy takes shape for implementing replacement sewage treatment plants in Metro Vancouver


Complete Lions Gate by 2020 and Iona Island as soon as is reasonably possible after that. “This approach gives Metro Vancouver the flexibility to go faster, but does not strap us in if the senior governments do not come to the table with financial support. In the absence of a financial guarantee, this approach puts the ball in our court with respect to timing," stated Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore.

Metro Vancouver Reference Panel informs Finance Committee deliberations on HOW to pay for two replacement sewage treatment plants


The Lions Gate and Iona Island treatment plants have each been in service for approximately 50 years. Both have exceeded their useful lives. "The overall impact of constructing both treatment plants by 2020 is comparatively small. The incremental difference in the annual financing cost of one versus two plants is not that much. The biggest hit is the first one," stated Mayor Malcolm Brodie of Richmond.