Western Constance Cove Remediation Project - Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed the Western Constance Cove Remediation Project (WCCRP), on the east side of Esquimalt Harbour as part of their long-term strategy to remediate contaminated sediments in the Harbor, due to the historical industrial activities undertaken in the harbor. Various remediation projects have been undertaken, or are currently being undertaken, in Esquimalt Harbour as part of the remediation and risk management program. WCCRP is the latest project being planned under this program and is being undertaken under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan.

Remediation is proposed to include dredging of contaminated sediment and debris, and placement of material over dredged areas. Ancillary activities will include processing of material to remove unexploded explosive ordnances and artifacts, passive dewatering of sediment, as well as offloading, transportation and disposal of sediment and debris. The area of contaminated sediment to be remediated encompasses approximately 17,100 square meters.

Latest update

April 6, 2023 – The public comment period on the project is closed. The authorities are considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - March 17, 2023


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
Email: Rebecca.MacInnis@forces.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Department of National Defence
  • Authorities

    • Department of National Defence
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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