Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre: Secondary Treatment Upgrade

The Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre (GNPCC) is located at 4600 Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo. It provides chemically-enhanced primary treatment for 97,000 people and businesses in the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville and Snuneymuxw First Nations.

The GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade will add secondary treatment and increase plant capacity for our growing communities. The provision of secondary treatment meets a commitment in the RDN's Liquid Waste Management Plan and keeps the RDN in compliance with provincial and federal regulations that require that all municipal wastewater treatment facilities provide secondary treatment or better.

The project budget of $82 million is paid for by reserves, development cost charges, borrowed funds and grant funds.

Wastewater terminology

  • Primary Treatment uses settling tanks and gravity to treat wastewater.
  • Secondary treatment adds beneficial micro-organisms to consume organic matter in the wastewater left after primary treatment and produces a higher quality effluent.

How to get involved

Please explore this webpage to learn more:

The Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre (GNPCC) is located at 4600 Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo. It provides chemically-enhanced primary treatment for 97,000 people and businesses in the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville and Snuneymuxw First Nations.

The GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade will add secondary treatment and increase plant capacity for our growing communities. The provision of secondary treatment meets a commitment in the RDN's Liquid Waste Management Plan and keeps the RDN in compliance with provincial and federal regulations that require that all municipal wastewater treatment facilities provide secondary treatment or better.

The project budget of $82 million is paid for by reserves, development cost charges, borrowed funds and grant funds.

Wastewater terminology

  • Primary Treatment uses settling tanks and gravity to treat wastewater.
  • Secondary treatment adds beneficial micro-organisms to consume organic matter in the wastewater left after primary treatment and produces a higher quality effluent.

How to get involved

Please explore this webpage to learn more:

  • December 9, 2019 - Notice to Residents

    5 days ago

    The Contractor has obtained a Noise Bylaw Exemption for December 10 to December 12, 2019. See the Notice to Residents for more information.

    The Contractor has obtained a Noise Bylaw Exemption for December 10 to December 12, 2019. See the Notice to Residents for more information.

  • December 2, 2019 - Construction Update

    12 days ago

    The project has achieved significant progress and is nearing completion. Construction and commissioning will continue into early 2020. Check out the Notice to Residents for a project update. Expectations for the coming months include:

    • Noise - will remain similar as it has been through the fall. Intermittent noise will be generated to test new equipment, crush the last of the native rock, prepare the internal road, and backfill the secondary plant area.
    • Truck traffic - will remain similar as it has been through the fall.
    • Parking - construction crews will continue to park along McGuffie Road and Hammond Bay Road for the duration of the project.
    • Odours - commissioning new systems may result in temporary strong odours.
    • Late night or early morning work - the contractor will obtain City of Nanaimo Noise Bylaw Exemption Permits for any work required outside of noise bylaw hours.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we complete this project. After the secondary treatment processes are successfully commissioned, GNPCC will produce substantially higher quality effluent and will reduce our impact on the environment.

    The project has achieved significant progress and is nearing completion. Construction and commissioning will continue into early 2020. Check out the Notice to Residents for a project update. Expectations for the coming months include:

    • Noise - will remain similar as it has been through the fall. Intermittent noise will be generated to test new equipment, crush the last of the native rock, prepare the internal road, and backfill the secondary plant area.
    • Truck traffic - will remain similar as it has been through the fall.
    • Parking - construction crews will continue to park along McGuffie Road and Hammond Bay Road for the duration of the project.
    • Odours - commissioning new systems may result in temporary strong odours.
    • Late night or early morning work - the contractor will obtain City of Nanaimo Noise Bylaw Exemption Permits for any work required outside of noise bylaw hours.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we complete this project. After the secondary treatment processes are successfully commissioned, GNPCC will produce substantially higher quality effluent and will reduce our impact on the environment.

  • November 26, 2019 – Upcoming Work Will Increase Project Noise

    18 days ago

    The Contractor will be crushing aggregate over the next month:

    • What to Expect - Activities will increase noise generated from the construction project, intermittently as required, for the duration of the time noted below. Noise associated with the aggregate crushing activities is expected to adhere to the City of Nanaimo Noise Bylaw
    • Dates - November 26 to December 21, 2019
    • Times - Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we complete this project.


    The Contractor will be crushing aggregate over the next month:

    • What to Expect - Activities will increase noise generated from the construction project, intermittently as required, for the duration of the time noted below. Noise associated with the aggregate crushing activities is expected to adhere to the City of Nanaimo Noise Bylaw
    • Dates - November 26 to December 21, 2019
    • Times - Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we complete this project.


  • Past Public Notices Available

    18 days ago

    Older Public Notices can still be found in the Notices section on the right bar.


    Older Public Notices can still be found in the Notices section on the right bar.


  • March 9, 2018 – GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade Project Receives $6 Million Federal Gas Tax Funds

    18 days ago

    The RDN has recently been approved for up to $6 Million in funding from the Federal Gas Tax Fund to complete the GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade Project. Check out the News Release for more information.


    The RDN has recently been approved for up to $6 Million in funding from the Federal Gas Tax Fund to complete the GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade Project. Check out the News Release for more information.


  • May 2017 – Construction to Begin in May

    18 days ago

    Construction will begin in May 2017 and will continue through to December 2019.

    Typical construction activity will conform to the City of Nanaimo Noise Bylaw which states that noise due to construction shall not be caused before 7:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and before 9:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. on Sundays and Statutory holidays.

    Some work may continue outside of standard construction noise bylaw hours. For example, critical process modifications must be done at night when flows to the plant are lowest and plant flows can be shut down.

    Construction will begin in May 2017 and will continue through to December 2019.

    Typical construction activity will conform to the City of Nanaimo Noise Bylaw which states that noise due to construction shall not be caused before 7:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and before 9:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. on Sundays and Statutory holidays.

    Some work may continue outside of standard construction noise bylaw hours. For example, critical process modifications must be done at night when flows to the plant are lowest and plant flows can be shut down.

  • April 13, 2017 – Construction Contract Awarded

    18 days ago

    The construction contract for the GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade Project was awarded to NAC Constructors Ltd. during a Special Board Meeting April 11, 2019.

    Engineering oversight and quality control will be done by AECOM Canada Ltd. This project will also employ many local subcontractors for subtrades.


    The construction contract for the GNPCC Secondary Treatment Upgrade Project was awarded to NAC Constructors Ltd. during a Special Board Meeting April 11, 2019.

    Engineering oversight and quality control will be done by AECOM Canada Ltd. This project will also employ many local subcontractors for subtrades.