Royal Roads University Sustainability Initiative - Overhead Service Upgrades (Lower Campus)

As part of Royal Road University's (RRU's) ongoing greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, existing gas boilers are to be replaced with electric boilers at numerous buildings on the lower campus, in and around the campus greenhouse areas. The boiler works will all be interior within existing buildings. To facilitate the increased electrical load, RRU will first need to upgrade the electrical servicing to these buildings. Upgrades will include overhead and underground service lines, within the same general area as the existing electrical service infrastructure. Linear trenching is estimated to be 100 metres, approximately 1 metre wide x 1 metre depth. New conduit will displace existing soil, and after backfilling, approximately 100 m3 of residual soil is expected. Overhead works will mimic what already exists. Some new 45-Class poles will be installed adjacent to or in replacement of existing poles.

All overhead and underground works will be along or adjacent to existing roadways, driveways, and gravel paths.

All overhead lines to be installed to CAN/CSA (Canadian Standards Association) C22.3 No.1-15 Overhead Systems Standards.

Work is expected to commence in January 2021, and be complete prior to March 31st 2021.

The work area is not within 30 metres of a watercourse, and will not affect any SARA (Species at Risk Act)-listed species critical habitat or residences (including vacant Barn Swallow nests). Work does not overlap with any areas of known contamination or high archaeological potential.


Latest update

December 21, 2021— The Department of National Defence issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Becky MacInnis
Department of National Defence
Becky MacInnis, Environment Officer / MARPAC Formation Safety and Environment
Formation Safety and Environment, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Victoria, British Columbia V9A 7N2

  • Location

    • Royal Roads University in Colwood (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Department of National Defence
  • Authorities

    • Department of National Defence
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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...within 200 kilometres
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