Northlands Enabling Works

The Vancouver Airport Authority is preparing for future development of the Northlands properties located at the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. The project will involve relocating approximately 2.5km of the primary security fence on the north side of the airfield.  In addition to relocating security fence the project will include construction of a new 2.5 km gravel access road within the airfield parallel to the new fence alignment, excavation of a new drainage ditch and removing an existing building. The project may include additional modifications to underground utilities and drainage in the project area. The project will convert approximately 270,000 square meters of the airfield land to groundside land. This work is in response to a recent update to the Vancouver International Airport Land Use Plan which converted some of the north airfield land from Airfield Use to Airside/Groundside Commercial Use.

Latest update

May 16, 2024 – The Vancouver Airport Authority and Environment and Climate Change Canada intend to make a determination regarding whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, the Vancouver Airport Authority and Environment and Climate Change Canada are inviting public comments until June 16, 2024 respecting that determination.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - April 15, 2024


Climate and Environment
PO Box 44638 YVR Domestic Terminal RPO
Richmond, British Columbia V7B 1W2

  • Location

    • Vancouver International Airport (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Airport and Airfields
    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Authorities

    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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