Project Redirects Lease Costs and Building Reserve Funds Towards Debt Payment

The regional office building project provides several benefits to the community including redirecting expensive lease payments of $330,000 per year to a debt repayment and community asset. The location, on Harmsten Avenue, of this new facility will help revitalize the downtown core, provide space-sharing initiatives with the City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland and School District 71.

By relocating the regional office out of the floodplain, those essential services residents require daily (water, sewer and garbage) will be able to continue in times of need. Corporate records, fleet vehicles and information technology infrastructure will no longer be threatened during flooding and storm events. Finally, a specifically designed post-disaster emergency operations centre (EOC) will provide emergency response to the public during emergency/disaster events.

Detailed Design

Where are We Now

On August 29, 2017 the regional district board adopted the borrowing bylaw based on the Alternative Approval Process results. On April 24, 2018 the CVRD board approved moving forward with the tendering process to receive actual construction costs on the detailed design.

An Invitation to Tender was released on May 26, 2018. On July 4 (at the close of the process) the CVRD received five tenders and negotiations with the lowest bidder, Knappett Projects Inc., started. The CVRD design team worked with Knappett to identify cost savings of $340,486. This allowed the regional district to proceed with a contract price of $10,352,514. 

The borrowing requirement of $8.2 million from the adopted financial strategy remains unchanged. The remainder of the project will be funded by reserves and grants.


Director Grieve (Electoral Area C), Director Wells (City of Courtenay), CVRD Board Chair Jolliffe (Electoral Area A), and Director Sproule (Village of Cumberland) 

Construction of the new office building started in August 2018 with completion expected late 2019.

Contact Us

Project Inquiries

Michael Zbarsky
Manager of Transit and Sustainability
T: 250-334-6037

Media Inquiries

Jennifer Steel
Manager of Corporate Communications
T: 250-334-6063