North Cowichan finance director Mark Frame. (File photo)

North Cowichan looks to green alternatives in new RCMP building

Municipality applies for design funding from FCM

North Cowichan wants its new RCMP detachment building to be as energy-efficient as possible.

The municipality has applied for funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund to help pay for a feasibility study to determine the most energy-efficient way to construct the new approximately $40-million facility.


Council decided at its meeting on July 17 that North Cowichan will apply for a study grant of up to 50 per cent of $175,000 from the GMF, with the municipality’s share of the study coming from its Climate Action and Energy Plan funds.

Mark Frame, North Cowichan’s finance manager, said in a staff report that designing the new RCMP detachment will require studies to determine what level of energy efficiency is appropriate.

“There will be an analysis of up-front costs compared to ongoing operating savings,” he said. “There will be a cost to get to net zero (energy performance). The feasibility study will help determine the cost and what options are available.”


Frame said options that may be considered include advanced HVAC systems, on-site energy generation like solar and geothermal, and energy-efficient components like windows and insulation.

He said North Cowichan is in the process of assembling a design team for the new detachment project.

“An energy consultant has been hired who will be investigating the feasibility of achieving escalating levels of energy efficiency,” he said.

“The energy consultant will be a key part of the design team.”

Frame said once the study is complete, the municipality can also apply for another GMF grant for the construction of energy-efficient facilities.

“This grant provides low-cost loans of up to $5 million, with 15 per cent of the loan as grant,” he said.

“To apply for this loan, you have to have completed the feasibility study. Should the feasibility study indicate that net zero is achievable, North Cowichan could apply for the new construction grant.”


North Cowichan had agreed in principle in March to proceed with plans for the new building on its five-acre property bordering Ford Road and Drinkwater Road.

The facility will be a hub detachment that will bring together the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment, Forensic Identification Services, South Island Traffic Services, First Nations Policing and some services of the Shawnigan Lake RCMP detachment under one roof.

While the municipality will be responsible for borrowing the money, if the project proceeds as planned, the RCMP and the province have agreed to pick up 60 per cent of the tab for the building, with North Cowichan responsible for the rest.

The project is still subject to federal approval and the signing of a new occupancy agreement with the municipality.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Chemainus Theatre offers fall fun with ‘Lumberjacks in Love’

Are you ready for a musical called Lumberjacks in Love? Join the crowd for a fun night out

Roe leads Cowichan contingent at lacrosse Worlds

Defender locks up NLL deal after helping England to fourth

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

2 guitar trios combine for a powerhouse evening of music at Cowichan Theatre

California and Montreal Guitar Trios are coming together to Duncan for a great show

Brothers in Cowichan Valley win big in lottery for 2nd time

Playing same numbers net big wins over a three year period

VIDEO: U.S. officials refute British couple’s ‘accidental’ border-crossing claim

Authorities say couple was arrested after illegal entry from B.C., with $16,000 and marijuana

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

One person hurt in crash at busy Nanaimo intersection

Minivan, sport utility vehicle collide at old Island Highway, Bowen Road and Norwell Drive

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Suspect hits woman with pipe, jumps into waiting truck in downtown Nanaimo

Police say victim believes ‘vicious assault’ was an attempted purse-snatching

Most Read