John Hart: Why it's important

Image of aerial view of John Hart Generating Station

John Hart is one of Vancouver Island’s most important generating facilities

Built in 1947, John Hart Generating Station is aging, and needs to be replaced.

  • The existing facility and pipelines are unlikely to withstand a moderate earthquake. A new facility will benefit from years of learning about seismic safety.
  • The existing generating station is in poor condition and electricity output is less than optimal and is declining. A new facility, with new equipment, will be more efficient and more reliable.
  • 95 per cent of the lower Campbell River comes out of the John Hart Generating Station. A new water bypass will ensure that if the facility shuts down for any reason, water flow can be maintained for fish and fish habitat.