Transport Canada completes the Victoria Middle Harbour Remediation Project and transfers land to the City of Victoria
“The Government of Canada takes its responsibility to clean up federal contaminated sites like Victoria’s Middle Harbour seriously. Today’s announcement demonstrates concrete action and illustrates our ongoing commitment to protecting Canada’s marine environment and residents."
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
“We are committed to cleaning up the environment while investing in communities and creating good middle-class jobs. I am proud of the work accomplished as part of the local Victoria harbour remediation project and the enduring benefits of this work for residents, visitors and marine life.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
"We have a great partnership with Transport Canada on this project. We’re cleaning up the contamination of the past to create a safer environment for the future. I would like to thank the federal government for transferring their lands to the people of Victoria so we can combine them with ours to create a spectacular new waterfront park. Neighbours, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the entire community will help us create a vision for this natural jewel steeped in history at the edge of our spectacular harbour.”
Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
The Middle Harbour Remediation Project was funded through Canada’s Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP). FCSAP provides funding to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites and is coordinated by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
In all, 3,000 tonnes of contaminated sediment were removed from Victoria harbour and 75,000 tonnes of contaminated soil (52 barge loads) were removed from Laurel Point Park.
The land where Laurel Point Park is situated is the last major surplus property owned by Transport Canada to be divested in Victoria harbour. Over the past 23 years, Transport Canada has divested department-owned land around the harbour to the Province of British Columbia, local municipalities, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, First Nations, regional government, and other federal government departments and private interests.
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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