The CRD is responsible for implementing wastewater treatment in the core area within the timelines prescribed in the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (CALWMP) by the federally legislated deadline of December 31, 2020.

Funding

On May 8, 2019 the CRD Board approved an increase to the project budget from $765 million to $775 million.

The Wastewater Treatment Project will cost $775 million and the federal and provincial governments are assisting the Capital Regional District in funding this project.

The Wastewater Treatment Project consists of three main components:

  • The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • The Residuals Treatment Facility
  • The Conveyance System

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $120 million through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component towards the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant; up to $50 million through the Green Infrastructure Fund towards the conveyance system project; and up to $41 million towards the Residuals Treatment Facility through the P3 Canada Fund.

The Government of British Columbia will provide up to $248 million towards the three components of the project.

The Capital Regional District is providing $316 million for the three project components and will be responsible for any additional costs.

CRD Requisition Process

The CRD bills each municipality for their share of the total annual debt, operating and maintenance costs. Individual municipalities determine on what basis the cost will be apportioned. Possible approaches may be based on property assessment, water usage, occupancy levels or  a blend of these options. For more about how the CRD is managing its $316M contribution and overall project financing, see the following staff report: