Capilano River Hatchery Rebuild

The Capilano River Salmon Hatchery requires a lifecycle extension and upgrade of the existing facility. The original hatchery facility was built in 1971 and has surpassed its original designed life expectancy of 30 years. The current facility is at the end of it's design life. The proposed project will undertake the necessary infrastructure upgrades/replacements to extend its life and continue to use the existing infrastructure to meet the program demands for the next 30 years. The intent of the proposed rebuild is to leverage low-carbon infrastructure, increase energy efficiency, and work collaboratively with the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), the Musqueam Nation (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (sə̓lílwətaʔɬ) as equal partners. The facility upgrade will restore the original capabilities of the facility to meet salmon enhancement program requirements. The rebuild will have the ability to accommodate changes in the long-term, including climate change.


Construction activities are not anticipated to interfere with hatchery operations or disrupt fish culture programming. The timing of certain construction activities will be driven by the timing of the return of adult salmon to the hatchery (i.e., fall), and fish culture operations.


The proposed construction phases are as follows:

•            Main building rebuild, slope stabilization, invasive plant removal, road improvements, public-facing educational components, accessibility upgrades, floodwater protection maintenance, and water supply improvements

•            Other infrastructure, including the tank farms, burrows ponds, preliminary pipe infrastructure, workshop, marking building, etc.

•            Post construction monitoring, tree replacement, native planting, slope stabilization.


Latest update

March 19, 2023 – The public comment period on the project and its potential for causing adverse effects is closed. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada is considering comments received to inform its determination on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Shaun Loader, Senior Project Engineer
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S4
Telephone: 604-666-4705

  • Location

    • Capilano River Hatchery (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Real Property Technical Services, Pacific Region
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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