Camosun Substation Upgrade Project

What's new

We've completed the excavations needed to install footings in preparation for the construction of the new equipment. In the coming weeks we'll begin to pour concrete foundations for the footings and the new building at the northeast corner of the property. There will be an increase of large vehicles in the trails while we do this work. Please watch for vehicles when using the trail and follow the instructions of flaggers on site.

Work on Saturdays

Our project has been slightly delayed due to weather conditions over the past couple of months. We've been pushing to get back on schedule and may need to work on Saturdays in the coming weeks. These work hours will be in accordance with City of Vancouver noise bylaw.

The substation is located in a residential area beside Pacific Spirit Regional Park and serves over 23,500 homes and businesses west of Blenheim Street.

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Test PDF [PDF, 123 KB]

Activity Timing
Design of substation upgrade Ongoing
Site preparation and set up for project December 2018
Construction mobilization and set up January 2019
Project in service 2021


We'll be expanding the operations of the substation onto the vacant space inside the existing perimeter fence on the west side of the property. The project will include:

  • Replacing several old components and adding new equipment (including new circuit breakers and two transformers) within the substation fence.
  • Constructing a new building on the northeast corner of the substation to house new electrical equipment.
  • Replacing two steel structures located along the trail adjacent to the northeast corner of the substation with wood poles.
  • Re-routing some above-ground electric connections in and out of the substation.
  • Replacing the existing perimeter chain-link fence.
Camosun Substation Upgrade Project

Camosun Substation is an integral part of our electricity system that serves the Lower Mainland. Built in the 1960s, some components are reaching end-of-life and need replacement. At the same time, the upgrades are being made to support the growing community at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus and to improve safety for our workers that maintain the system.

Reports and documents

Project introduction – March 2018 [PDF, 205 KB]

Trail Construction Notice – July 2018 [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Contact information

projects@bchydro.com
604 623 4472