About this project
The City of Burnaby and the RCMP are working together to build a new detachment at the corner of Ledger Avenue and Norland Avenue. The existing RCMP detachment at Deer Lake Avenue was purpose-built as a courthouse in 1967. To respond to evolving community policing needs driven by population growth and technology changes, the existing building has undergone numerous renovations. However, for many years the existing building has been unable to accommodate departmental requirements, which has impacted operational efficiency such as response time to call-outs. Building a new RCMP detachment is necessary to continue to make Burnaby a safe place for residents, businesses and visitors now and into the future.
What’s happening now
We are working on the design on the new RCMP detachment, with a view to begin construction in late 2024.
Please note: the 2 open houses on September 14 and 21 have been postponed.
Questions and answers
The new RCMP building will need to be larger than the existing facility in Deer Lake, as outlined in the 2020 RCMP Needs Assessment report. The site at Norland Avenue and Ledger Avenue is large enough to accommodate the new building, including space for outdoor parking. The site also offers multiple access points for emergency vehicles leaving the detachment and is close to major arterial routes, including Highway 1.
No. The new RCMP building will be funded by the Community Benefit Reserve fund. Money in this reserve comes through new development. The Community Benefit Bonus Policy enables the City to obtain community benefits in exchange for additional residential density on multiple family residential and mixed-use sites within Burnaby’s town centres.
The RCMP is contracted by the City to provide police services in our community. As a result of this agreement, the City is also responsible for building and maintaining police facilities for the RCMP.
Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2024 and will take 3-4 years to complete.