The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are each contributing US$3 million towards this project, with remaining funds provided by Metro Vancouver and the University of British Columbia (UBC). This investment will allow British Columbia to become a leader in sustainable wastewater management.
The announcement was made by Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Bill Bennett, B.C. Minister of Community and Rural Development, and Metro Vancouver Chair Lois Jackson.
The proposed centre will be constructed at the existing site of the Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Delta. The plant currently provides secondary treatment to wastewater for over one million residents.
In addition to optimizing treatment operations at the plant, the centre will provide laboratory facilities for research, training and equipment demonstrations, and will allow treatment processes to be piloted on-site. This will give partners from various agencies and organizations the opportunity to develop innovative responses to the challenges of sustainability and integrated resource management.
'This generous support ensures the region can now build the first of a planned system of academies. The first one will look for new ways to recover energy, nutrients and other resources from waste water,' Metro Vancouver Chair Lois Jackson said. 'The centre, in collaboration with UBC, will pilot innovative technologies, provide educational programming, and help the region achieve its vision of sustainability.'
'The University of British Columbia is delighted to partner with Metro Vancouver on this exciting project.' said UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope. The federal contribution to the project comes from the US$4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects that will be built now and during the 2010 construction season.
The provincial contribution is part of a three-year, US$14-billion capital infrastructure program, which will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.
Since October 2008, over US$4.4 billion in infrastructure projects have been announced across British Columbia.