Chemainus Odour

The Municipality of North Cowichan continues to receive complaints about odours from the residents and businesses in Chemainus.

GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL), formerly Coast Environmental Ltd., is one of five 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 regulating aspects of GFL’s operations. For example: 

  • The Municipality of North Cowichan is reponsible for zoning, which determines permitted land uses
  • The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) regulates recycling and composting facilities under CVRD Bylaw No. 2570 - Waste Stream Management Licensing Bylaw No. 2004
  • The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regulates the composting facilities under the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation


If you are experiencing an offensive odour, please fill out the CVRD’s online Odour Nuisance Complaint Form. This form is designed to ensure that complaints about odour are documented and communicated expeditiously to GFL and the CVRD. The information is also used to assist GFL, agencies, and local governments in monitoring odour and determining factors that may be contributing to it.

For more information:

Still have questions? Please contact: 

Rob Conway
Director, Planning and Building
Municipality of North Cowichan
Phone:  250-746-3125
Email:  rob.conway@northcowichan.ca