Centerm Expansion Project

About the project

The Centerm Expansion Project includes a series of improvements to Centerm container terminal and port roads (South Shore Access Project). It includes improvements at Centerm container terminal to help meet anticipated near-term demand for containers to be shipped through Vancouver. In addition, the South Shore Access Project will improve infrastructure that would benefit the entire south shore port area.

The on-terminal improvements would increase the maximum container handling capacity at Centerm by two-thirds, from 900,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) to 1.5 million TEUs. The project includes an increase to the terminal footprint by approximately 15 per cent and reconfiguration of the terminal to increase the container capacity of Centerm.

The South Shore Access Project includes a new Centennial Road Overpass and an extension to Waterfront Road. These improvements will contribute to the improvement of goods movement and access along the entire south shore port area. The improvements would address road congestion and increase efficiency by removing port-related traffic from surrounding roads and bypassing three at-grade rail crossings for port users, while providing a continuous port road to Highway 1.

Extensive environmental and technical studies were undertaken in the development of the project proposal and three rounds of public consultation were conducted, including one round prior to submission of the project permit application and two rounds during the application review phase.

The project will provide local employment opportunities during construction and operation, including approximately 350 full-time equivalent jobs over the construction period, and potentially 40 additional staff and an additional 290 full-time equivalent International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers during operation.

Current status

The Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project have received a project permit from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority following a thorough environmental review. The permit includes 86 conditions, which the projects must meet to ensure they do not result in significant adverse environmental effects. Receiving this permit is an important step towards project approvals.

Another milestone is that Centennial Expansion Partners (CXP) has been identified as the Design Build Contractor with the best value proposal. CXP is an unincorporated joint venture between Dragados Canada, Inc. (Dragados), Jacob Bros. Construction Inc. (Jacob Bros.) and Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc. (FRPD). Commercially confidential negotiations are underway.

Next steps

The start of construction is dependent on a number of items including meeting permit conditions, and completion of commercial, tenure and funding agreements. Once these items are finalized, construction could begin in late 2018. Some preparatory and investigative works, such as surveying and geotechnical investigations, will likely take place in advance of construction.

This webpage will be updated once additional information regarding timelines and construction activities comes available and updates will be sent out via the project email distribution list and other means. If you would like to receive updates about the Centerm Expansion Project, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Community investment

Since 2015, the project team has been consulting with Aboriginal groups, local government and the public to gather feedback on the Centerm Expansion Project and to identify options for a community investment. The community investment program is expected to be implemented as part of the project once all regulatory approvals are received and agreements reached.

The process for further exploring options for community investment will be developed by the project team and will involve the City of Vancouver and Park Board, as well as Aboriginal groups and stakeholders.

Public consultation during Application Review Phase

Complete: Application Review Phase – Round 2 Public Consultation May 15 to June 2, 2017

From May 15 to June 2, 2017, the project team consulted with the public and stakeholders as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Consultation methods included a discussion guide and feedback form  available at porttalk.ca/centermexpansion, as well as two open houses.

During this round of consultation, participants were invited to learn more about and provide feedback on proposed project construction activities, details regarding a proposed community investment program, and how we considered feedback from Round 1 consultation (February 20 – March 24, 2017). You can read the Round 2 discussion guide, summary report and consideration report below.

Complete: Application Review Phase – Round 1 Public Consultation February 20 to March 24, 2017

From February 20 to March 24, 2017, the project team consulted with the public and stakeholders as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Consultation methods included a discussion guide and feedback form on available at porttalk.ca/centermexpansion, as well as three drop-in and two small group meetings.

During this round of consultation, participants were invited to learn more about and provide feedback on the project’s proposed design of on-terminal and off-terminal works, results of technical and environmental studies, anticipated construction activities, and a proposed community investment program. You can read the Round 1 discussion guide, summary report and consideration report below.

Contact information

Enquiries about the Centerm Expansion Project:

For questions regarding the project, please call 604.665.9563 or email: [email protected].

Enquiries about the permitting process:

For questions regarding the port’s permitting process, please email [email protected] or call 604.665.9047

If you would like to receive updates about the Centerm Expansion Project, please email [email protected] or subscribe to our mailing list.

Resources

April 2018 – Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project Map [PDF]
July 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Consultation Consideration Report [PDF]
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Summary Report [PDF]
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Summary Report Appendices [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Discussion Paper and Feedback Form [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Display Boards [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consideration Report [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consultation Summary Report [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consultation Summary Report Appendices [PDF]
March 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Display Boards [PDF]
February 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Discussion Guide and Feedback Form [PDF]
November 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project – Project and Environmental Review Project Permit Application
November 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Summer 2016 Supplemental Engagement Materials [PDF]
August 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Preliminary Comment Period Consideration Report [PDF]
March 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Preliminary Comment Period Summary Report [PDF]

For more information

For questions regarding the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process, please contact Tim Blair, Planning Supervisor by email or phone at 604-665-9378.  To learn more about the proposed project, please phone at 604.665.9563 or email at [email protected]