NWSS Replacement Project - Community Consultation

Community Consultation


Round 2 community consultation is taking place from February 15 to March 15, 2018. Students, teachers, parents, and the community will be asked for input on outdoor spaces, pedestrian and cyclist access and amenities, and student pick-up and drop-off areas. There is also an opportunity to provide additional comments and to sign up for construction updates.


Discussion Guide and Feedback Form

Read the Round 2 Discussion Guide here.

Complete the online Feedback Form here.

The deadline for feedback is March 15, 2018. 


You can learn more and provide feedback by:

  • Attending a Public Open House or Small Group Meeting (see schedule below)
  • Completing the Feedback Form online here.
  • Providing a written submission or sending us a completed hard copy Feedback Form:
    • Email: newnwss@sd40.bc.ca
    • Mail: Attn: NWSS Replacement Project, 811 Ontario Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 0J7


Public Open Houses

Drop-in, no RSVP required.

Date Time Location
Thursday, March 1 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Fraser River Middle School, Gymnasium,

800 Queens Avenue

Saturday, March 10 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fraser River Middle School, Gymnasium,

800 Queens Avenue

Small Group Meetings  

Small group meetings are scheduled for two hours. Please register in advance by emailing newnwss@sd40.bc.ca or calling 778-379-3310, as space is limited.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, February 27 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. New Westminster School District Office, Boardroom,

811 Ontario Street

Thursday, March 8 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. New Westminster School District Office, Boardroom,

811 Ontario Street

How Input Will Be Used

Your feedback is important to us. Input received through this community consultation will be compiled and considered by the School District, along with technical, environmental and financial considerations, in the final design for the new NWSS.

If you would like to be added to our notification email list to receive project and consultation updates, please provide your email here.

Memorialization Advisory Committee

We continue to engage with First Nations communities, the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council, Inclusion BC, and other organizations that represent communities with a history or potential history of ancestral burials on the site. A Memorialization Advisory Committee (MAC) has been struck and holds regular meetings to consider how best to memorialize the dedicated and protected areas of the site that are known to have been used for burials. We will provide updates to the community as the planning progresses on this component of the development.


There were a total of 214 public and stakeholder interactions during the NWSS Replacement Project Round 1 Community Consultation. Community members were encouraged to participate in the consultation by attending open houses, small group meetings, filling in a hard copy or online feedback form or providing a written submission by email or mail. All consultation materials were available online at newnwss.com.

During the consultation period, which ran from November 7 to December 5, 2016:

  • NWSS_CSR_Photo102 completed feedback forms were received (87 online, 15 hard copy)
  • 86 people attended two public open houses
  • 21 people attended two small group meetings
  • 5 written submissions were received through email

In addition to providing feedback on the draft Project Aspirations, many participants shared comments related to the design of the new school, and some expressed an interest in providing input on the design in the future. We understand and appreciate all feedback, and will seek input on topics related to the design of the new school in Round 2.

  • The Consultation Summary Report summarizing input received during this round of consultation can be downloaded here.
  • View Appendix 1: Notification Materials here.
  • View Appendix 2: Discussion Guide and Feedback Form here.


The Board of Education for New Westminster Schools developed 10 project aspirations for designing and building the new school:

  1. Build a school that will support the evolving learning environment
  2. Create a school with the flexibility to meet the needs of a rapidly changing society
  3. Develop a sustainable design that will minimize impacts on the environment
  4. Develop a design with an emphasis on healthy students, teachers and staff
  5. Respect, protect and preserve the historical and cultural significance of the site
  6. Create spaces that consider the role of rapidly changing technology in the ways students learn
  7. Create opportunities for school community engagement
  8. Create learning spaces where students and staff interact outside of the traditional classroom environment
  9. Make teaching and learning spaces visible
  10. Design a school that inspires and nourishes creativity


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