Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill

SNC Lavalin on behalf of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's (the "Port Authority") Planning and Development department (the "Applicant") has applied to undertake remediation and redevelopment activities in subtidal, intertidal and uplands areas of a former shipyard at 2089 to 2095 Commissioner Street in Vancouver. The Applicant has amended the project scope to include on-site kelp seeding as part of habitat offsetting measures, therefore a new public comment period was required. The Applicant also proposes to carry out offsite habitat offsetting. The Port Authority will review offsite habitat offsetting as a separate project.   

The original project description is as follows. The Applicant proposes to remove contaminated sediment in the project area replace it with clean fill to raise the grade and reclaim approximately 4,500 square meters of additional land for future industrial use. The proposed works include the removal of approximately 17,000 cubic metres of contaminated sediment down to a maximum depth of approximately 5 metres, installation of a rock berm, approximately 100 metre long, in the low intertidal area of the site, and the placement of approximately 40,000 cubic metres of engineered fill in both the intertidal and upland areas. The contamination from the former shipyard includes debris, wood waste, metals and hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and covers over 80 per cent of the intertidal area down to a maximum depth of approximately 5 metres. The fill layer in this area ranges in depth from approximately 4 metres to 8 metres. Project works also include the creation of two subtidal reefs and marine riparian planting.  

As some of the activities are dependent on tides, work may need to take place outside of standard hours (except for Sundays and statutory holidays). Should the project be approved, construction is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete.  

Note: Fisheries and Oceans Canada is reviewing this project as well as the proposed offsite habitat offsetting as a single project (CIAR #84198).  


Latest update

Notice of Determination 

Vancouver, B.C. – November 2, 2023 – The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has determined that the proposed Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill located at 2089 to 2095 Commissioner Street, Vancouver is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill - November 2, 2023
2 Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill - Public comments invited - March 28, 2023


Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    SNC Lavalin on behalf of the port authority
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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