New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project

New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project

Community Consultation

November 7 – December 5, 2016 

We Want to Hear From You

The New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project public and stakeholder consultation is taking place from November 7 to December 5, 2016.


You’re invited to learn more about and provide feedback on the New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project. Materials, including a Discussion Guide and Feedback Form, will be available starting on November 7 at:

You can learn more and provide feedback by:

  • Attending an Open House (Drop-in, no RSVP is required. See schedule below)
  • Attending a Small Group Meeting (Please RSVP, as space is limited for these two hour meetings. See schedule below)
  • Reading the discussion guide and providing feedback online: (available November 7, 2016)
  • Sending written submissions to:
    • Email:
    • Mail: 
    • Attn:
      NWSS Replacement Project
      811 Ontario Street
      New Westminster,  BC V3M 0J7
  • Calling: 778-379-3310


Drop-in, no RSVP is required




November 15

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

New Westminster Secondary School Pearson Cafeteria, 835 8th Street

November 19

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fraser River Middle School, 
Gymnasium 800 Queens Avenue


Small group meetings are scheduled for two hours. Please register to attend a small group meeting by e-mailing or calling 778-379-3310 as space is limited.




November 15

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

New Westminster School Board Office, 811 Ontario Street

November 23

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

New Westminster Secondary School Library, 835 8th Street

Please visit our website to learn more about the project and provide your feedback.

Thank you,

NWSS Replacement Project Team




Aug.18, 2016 - Minister of Education Mike Bernier came to New Westminster on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, to announce the long-awaited funding approval for the New Westminster Secondary School replacement project.  The $106.5 million replacement of New Westminster Secondary School is anticipated to be completed in 2019.  Upon its completion, the new school will be home for over 1900 grade 9 to 12 students.  The new school will be designed to meet today's standards for safety, accessibility and modern learning.  The New Westminster School District is fully dedicated to consulting and working with all stakeholders on this complex project.

Project Update

September 2016 - Over the summer further site investigations have been undertaken to augment previous research about the unique history of the school property.  Those investigations included non-intrusive activities (e.g., ground penetrating radar) in July, followed by soils investigations, as required, in late summer/early fall.  Those activities are important for proper project planning and respecting the heritage of the site.

The Government of British Columbia has made a clear commitment that no construction will take place on any known burial area.  The New Westminster Secondary Replacement project is committed to meeting this promise. We are continuing with the help of professional archaeologists and historians to study the history of the site and identify how the land has been used.  The known burial areas will be protected and an appropriate memorial created to honour the memory of the community ancestors.

Ongoing Consultations

We continue to consult with First Nations Communities, the Chinese Benevolent Society, the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Committee, Inclusion BC, and other organizations that represent communities with a history or potential history of ancestral burials on the site.  We are working with these organizations to better understand their views and preferences regarding the planning and investigation work we have been doing.  We will continue to consult with affected communities and gather their input on how best to memorialize the dedicated and protected areas of the site that were known to have been used for burials.

The new school building will be located on portions of the site outside the protected areas.  Any investigative work within the designated cemetery or heritage protection areas will be monitored by a professional archaeologist to ensure that the heritage requirements are met and that any historical artefacts are appropriately handled and recorded.

Follow this link for more information about the protected area of our sites.