Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) Saanich Base

The project involves the construction of a spill response facility which includes a shop, warehouse, offices, staff facility areas. Schedule: Aug 2020- Oct 2021.

Construction activities will generally occur during normal business hours; however, some night work may be required. Types of activity include survey, site preloading, civil work, structural steel erecting, mechanical, electrical, crane work, and general materials handling.

The project is located groundside on the northeast region of the airport at the intersection of Henry Rd. and McDonald Park Rd. The project is fully contained on an existing lease and construction activities are not expected to affect airport operations. Adjacent public roads may be affected when moving construction materials to and from the site but will be managed by road traffic flaggers.

WCMRC is in the process of constructing multiple response bases and marinas both on Vancouver Island and the mainland.  They will employ 25 full time employees at this base with over 200 to be employed company wide.  The new response bases will be responsible to act on and manage any marine oil spills that occur around Vancouver Island and BC's south coast.


Latest update

The VAA has determined that the proposed project (Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation Saanich Base) is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • Impacts on the rights of Indigenous peoples;
  • Indigenous knowledge;
  • Community knowledge;
  • Comments received from the public; and
  • Technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.



Victoria Airport Authority
Margaret Marra, Environmental Officer
201 - 1640 Electra Blvd
Sidney, British Columbia V8L 5V4
Email: margaret.marra@victoriaairport.com

  • Location

    • Victoria International Airport (YYJ) (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Airport and Airfields
    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC)
  • Authorities

    • Victoria Airport Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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