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What We Do

CUPE Local 1978 has approximately 950 members and represents four bargaining units:

  • Capital Regional District
  • Island Health Authority (Health Science Professionals)
  • West Shore Parks and Recreation
  • Greater Victoria Housing Society

Members work all across the Gulf Islands and southern end of Vancouver Island. Show me…

Regular Membership Meeting June 22, 2016

Songhees Wellness Centre, 1100 Admirals Road, Victoria. 4:45 pm meet & greet with light refreshments, meeting to start at 5:15 pm. See our meetings page for more details.

Keep It Public Campaign

Planning for new wastewater treatment in the Capital Regional District (CRD) is once again reaching a critical point – with implications for keeping this important service in public hands. CUPE has been working hard on this issue since 2006, when the BC Liberal government mandated new secondary treatment that will be required to meet new federal guidelines by 2020.

CUPE Local 1978, CUPE BC, CUPE National, labour groups and community groups are working together to ensure that sewage treatment in the CRD is publicly owned and operated.

Please check back here for campaign news and events.

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In 2010, after almost four years of discussion and planning, the CRD approved a mostly public plan for sewage treatment that included a centralized treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt, conveyance system upgrades, and a P3 biosolids processing facility at the Hartland Landfill. The project had a budget of $788 million, with approximately $500 million committed from the Provincial and Federal governments, including P3 Canada funding.

The first plan went off the rails in 2014 when Esquimalt Council denied the rezoning permission needed for the McLoughlin Point treatment plant. Since then, new consultations and work have been ongoing to find alternative sewage treatment options for the region. In March, 2016 - just under the wire - the CRD board approved a new conditional plan with two sites (Clover Point and McLoughlin or Macaulay) as well as a biosolids processing facility at Hartland, conveyance system upgrades and a possible third facility in the future.

P3 Canada, which had already granted a one-year extension (to March 2016), has given the CRD a new deadline of September 30, 2016 to have a finalized plan in place. The B.C. government has also recently stepped in to offer assistance to the struggling CRD, engaging Partnerships BC to review potential private sector technology options for the project. The review should be completed by the end of May. While the focus of public discussion is on plant location and what technology will be used, the issue of keeping it public has never been more important.

Our Address

Our mailing address (no couriers) is:
CUPE Local 1978
203-2736 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4E6

For other contact information please see our Contact Us page.

Good and Welfare

Want to spread some good cheer?

CUPE Local 1978 will arrange to send flowers, fruit baskets or gift certificates to:

  • Members who are sick (one week minimum)
  • Members who are hospitalized
  • Members who have experienced a birth in the family
  • Members who have experienced a death in the family (donations can be made to charities)

Know of anyone who is retiring after 20 years of service?

CUPE Local 1978 will arrange for a watch to be inscribed with "In Appreciation, CUPE 1978". Great for retirement parties!

To make arrangements, please contact Kathy Grinde 250-360-3038 or

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