Chemainus Odour

Current Status (March 12, 2018): At the January 17, 2018 Council Meeting, Council decided to send a letter urging the Provincial Government to include odour regulation in proposed changes to Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) permitting requirements. Coast Environmental’s OMRR permit application is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Environment. North Cowichan’s letter, along with the Provincial response, can be viewed below.


The Municipality of North Cowichan continues to receive complaints about odours from the industrial area in Chemainus, where Coast Environmental is located.

Coast Environmental is one of eight Waste Stream Management licenced facilities within the region and has the following operations on their property:

  • Waste Water Transfer Station
  • Soil Treatment Facility
  • Recycling Facility
  • Composting facility
  • Portable Toilet Cleaning & Storage

Multiple jurisdictions are responsible for issuing the licences for Coast Environmental’s operations, with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) responsible for issuing the Recycler Licence, which oversees compliance over for environmental irregularities such as odour. 

If you are experiencing an offensive odour, please fill out the CVRD’s online Odour Nuisance Complaint Form. This is the only way to capture accurate odour data. It is compiled in one place and then analyzed to assist in determinng contributing factors such as intensity and length of odour, weather conditions and wind strength, which can then be shared with the facility, relevant agencies and local governments.

For more information:

Still have questions? Please contact: 

Nelda Richardson
Manager of Building and Compliance
Municipality of North Cowichan