Welcome to the District of Tofino's webpage dedicated to information regarding the Liquid Waste Management Plan process. This page is where you will find up to date information regarding siting, meetings, community consultation and frequently asked questions.

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2018 - The "Liquid Waste Management Plan Stage 3 Final Report" has been adopted by Council and approved by the Ministry of Environment.

The Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee has been dissolved, however once we are further along in the process, applications for a LWMP Monitoring Committee will be advertised on the District website, in the Westerly News and via social media.

Follow the links below to these FAQs and check back here for more ways to stay informed!

| View LWMP Documents, Agendas & Minutes, and Resources |


The JLWMAC was established in order to advise staff and Council on matters related to the development of the Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP), and dissolve automatically upon completion of the LWMP Stage 3 Report.

The completion of the Stage 3 Report was a significant milestone and accomplishment, and the District would like to thank the public and Committee members for their commitment and engagement in the process.

Find the Final Report and more below.

HOW much will it cost?                             

Grant Funding: The District of Tofino was successful in receiving a grant for $1,453,000 from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund for the design of the plant.

Capital Cost Estimates: As of March 15, 2018, the total cost for the wastewater treatment plant, conveyance system, outfall upgrades and solids handling facility is estimated at approximately $44,000,000 including a contingency. The new estimate can be broken down as follows:

Project Component Capital Cost Contingency
Wastewater Treatment Plant $ 23,300,000 $ 8,200,000 (35%)
Conveyance $ 6,900,000 $ 2,400,000 (35%)
Outfall $ 603,000 $ 181,000 (30%)
Solids Handling Facility $ 1,770,000 $ 530,000 (30%)
SUBTOTAL                     $ 32,573,000 $ 11,282,000
GRAND TOTAL    (Cap + Contingency)   $ 43,855,000

There will be two parts to the cost of the plant: Capital and Operating. 

Capital Costs:  The capital cost of the plant is the cost to build the plant.  The District is assuming that 2/3 of this cost will be covered by grants and that 1/3 will be the responsibility of the District.  The annual cost of debt service for this 1/3 will be charged on property tax bill.

Operating Costs:  The operating costs of the plant are the annual costs incurred to operate the plant.  This will be charged on the utility bill.  Operating a wastewater treatment plant will significantly increase the “sewer” component of utility bills. 

Secting a site for a waste water treatment plant has been a three-phase process:

Phase  1


Site options and overall concepts were considered by the Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee (JLWMAC), and narrowed down to a shortlist of four sites for further examination.

Phase 2


Consultants determined the high-level technical and financial information for each shortlisted site, and the Committee considered the social implications of the locations. From the short list of four sites, the Committee narrowed the selection initially to one, then – based on public feedback – added a second site, and directed consultants to gather more detailed information. DL114 and DL117 were considered for the final location.


After two Open Houses, consultation with community members and stakeholders, and receipt of the “Phase 2 Assessment Report” from our consultants, the JLWMAC recommended DL117 (near the top of Industrial Way). On October 25, 2016, District of Tofino Council passed the following motion:

Resolution No. 372/16

THAT District of Tofino Council endorse DL117 as the location for the District Wastewater Treatment Plant as recommended by the Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee at the October 18th, 2016 meeting.

Phase  3


Council has adopted the Final Stage 3 Report, and it has been approved by the Minister of Environment. The wastewater treatment plant will be located on DL 117, at the north east end of Industrial Way. A racetrack extended aeration process was selected as the secondary treatment process to be used at the new wastewater treatment plant.

In October of 2016, District of Tofino Council endorsed DL117 (near the top of Industrial Way) as the location for the District wastewater treatment plant, as recommended by the Joint Liquid Waste Advisory Committee.

To learn more about how DL117 was selected, including detailed site assessments and community consultation, please view the “Phase 2 Summary” available in the Resources Section below.

A racetrack extended aeration process was selected as the secondary treatment process to be used at the new wastewater treatment plant, more information is listed in the "Secondary Treatment Process Selection" document below.

It is not unusual for wastewater treatment plants to be situated close to residential and community infrastructure.

Comprehensive odour control, such as influent screening and solids dewatering, is included with both of the modern treatment processes being considered for Tofino, which will significantly reduce odour risks. This means that although there is always a possibility of process upsets and fugitive odours, under normal operations outdoor odour at the treatment plant will be minor and should be negligible at the fence line.

Currently, the proposed site is a minimum of 150 metres away from residential neighbourhoods, including a 50 metre tree buffer which further reduces odour risks and limits visibility to passersby. 


Documents and Resources


Community Newsletters and Information:

Joint Liquid Waste Management Advisory Committee (JLWMAC):

Other Resources: