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BioCommons Research Park

Priority Focus:Bioscience Research and Development, Light Manufacturing

Developer: Finance PEI

The BioCommons Research Park is a $30 million campus style facility with 65 acres that provides essential commercialization support to the maturing bioscience sector, with technology and infrastructure to accelerate products through the development cycle and into the marketplace.

The park is located off the Trans Canada Highway at the western entrance to the City of Charlottetown and is governed through the covenants attached to the land in which Finance PEI is custodian.

The BioCommons Research Park is an important asset in the development of the Bioscience sector in Prince Edward Island.


Standards and Covenants BioCommons Research Park [PDF 760.82kb]



The BioCommons Research Park is administered by Finance PEI.


The Works Department of the City of Charlottetown is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the water and sewer systems. The Municipal Services Committee is also responsible for general maintenance and street clearing services within the park. It is the responsibility of individual property owners to provide their own general maintenance of driveways and parking areas.

Hospital Facilities:

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital located in Charlottetown, is a 274 bed acute-care facility providing community services to Queen's County, and specialty services provincially. These include out-patients, lab services, oncology unit, diagnostic imaging and emergency services. The hospital is located 7 km (4 miles) away by car or truck from the Business Park.

Fire Protection:

The Charlottetown Fire Department is responsible for fire protection at the West Royalty Business Park. The recent addition of a 911 call answer/transfer service on Prince Edward Island has facilitated access to emergency services. All buildings are fire alarm and sprinkler equipped. Property owners who require special services in case of fire, should contact the Charlottetown Fire Department to survey buildings and facilities. Residual pressure at the hydrant is 3,500 gallons per minute. The Charlottetown Fire Department is located 6.2 km (3.83 miles) away from the park.


Charlottetown Police Department patrols ensure park security. The Charlottetown Police Station is located on Kirkwood Drive in Charlottetown, with a satellite zone office located at the Charlottetown Mall. The zone office is equipped with an external direct ring phone system which enables direct contact to the police dispatch centre. The zoning office is 2.10 km (1.3 miles) away from the park, and the police station is 5.4 km (3.3 miles) away.


For every building erected on a lot, off-street space is provided and maintained on the same lot at the following of the larger ratios: one parking space for each 1,000 square feet of building floor space, or one parking space for each employee at optimum requirements.



  1. General: Maritime Electric owns and operates two electrical generating facilities on Prince Edward Island. The Charlottetown Generating Station is located on the waterfront in Charlottetown and has 6 fossil fuel fired units with a combined capacity of 65,000 kilowatts. The Borden-Carleton station has 2 diesel fired combustion turbines with a capacity of 38,500 kilowatts.

    These stations are kept in a standby mode and put into operation only when energy supply from off-Island sources is interrupted. Most of the electrical energy supplied by Maritime Electric to customers in Prince Edward Island is purchased from NB Power and comes to the Island via 2 submarine transmission cables under the Northumberland Strait. This electrical energy is distributed to customers in Prince Edward Island along over 5,000 kilometres of power lines.
  2. Capacity and Availability: Maritime Electric advises that the transmission voltage capability available is 69 kV. The nominal service voltages at the park are:
    • Standard single-phase service, Secondary Voltage: 120 V - 240 V
    • Standard three-phase service and combination single-phase and three-phase service, Secondary Voltage: 120 V-208 V and 347 V-600 V.
    Power feeds for individual facilities are fed underground from the system.
  3. Rates:
    • Small Industrial Rate Schedule (effective September, 2011):
      • Billing Demand: The greatest of :
        • the monthly maximum kW demand; 90% of the monthly maximum kVA demand or 5kW
      • Demand Charge:
        • $7.46 per kW of billing demand per month
      • Energy Charge:
        • ¢ 14.84 per kWh for the first 100 kWh per kW of billing demand per month.
        • ¢ 6.60 per kWh for balance of kWh per month.
    • Large Industrial Rate Schedule (effective September 2011):
      • Billing Demand: The greatest of:
        • The monthly maximum kW demand;
        • 90% of the maximum kVA demand;
        • 90% of the firm amount reserved in the contract for non-curtailable customers or 100% of the total contracted amount for curtailable customers;
        • 90% of the maximum demand recorded during the current calendar year excluding April to November or
        • 90% of the lesser of the average demand recorded during the previous calendar year, or the previous calendar year excluding April to November.
      • Demand Charge:
        • $14.50 per kW of billing demand per month
      • Energy Charge:
        • ¢ 5.99 per kWh for balance kWh per month
    • Declining Discount Firm Rate: New facilities coming into service after April 1, 2000 or facilities that were substantially shut down as at October 1, 2000 are eligible for a declining discount on Demand Charges for the additional firm load.
  4. Restraints and Plans for Expansion: If Maritime Electric is involved in initial planning, there are no real constraints on the system, however early contact is recommended to ensure that specific requirements can be met without delay.

For more information on rate schedules, visit the Maritime Electric Website at


  1. Source: Water service is supplied to the park through the Utility Department of the City of Charlottetown. Water can be supplied during power outages.
  2. Distribution System: Water is supplied to the park through a 12" in diameter distribution system operating at approximately 90 psi.
  3. Water Rates:

Water Rate Schedule for the City of Charlottetown, January 2011:

Meter Size Base Rate Consumption Charge
5/8" meter $70.41 every 3mo $0.791 m3
3/4" meter $104.90 every 3mo $0.791 m3
1" meter $173.88 every 3mo $0.791 m3
1 1/2" meter $346.35 every 3mo $0.791 m3
2" meter $553.29 every 3mo $0.791 m3


  1. General: The City of Charlottetown's Utility Department provides general sanitary sewer services to the BioCommons Research Park. The Environment department provides the coordination of contracted solid waste collection for the City of Charlottetown,and the Treatment division is responsible for all treatment of sewage entering the Treatment facilities as well as the associated sewage pumping stations. The Utility Department is also responsible for the monitoring of sewage waste from the Park to ensure that prohibited products are disposed of in the appropriate manner.
  2. Collection system: The sewer lines in the park are 8" to 12" in diameter. The system is a gravity flow/force main combination.

  1. Existing installation: All roads and streets in the park are paved.
  2. Constraints and Plans for Extension: No constraints. Expansion will take place as demand dictates.



The BioCommons Research Park is located 3.56 km (3 miles) from the Charlottetown Airport. The Charlottetown Airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Delta Air Lines and Prince Edward Air. These airlines offer up daily passenger and cargo return flights between Charlottetown, Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.  Flights between Halifax and Charlottetown take 35 minutes. There are two runways, three taxiways and two parking aprons which cover an area of approximately 66 acres. Runway 03 is 7,000 ft long and 150 ft wide, and runway 10 is 5,000 ft long and 200 ft wide. The Charlottetown Airport offers the following services: Fuel: 100 LL, Jet A-1, de-icing, lights on runways and taxiways, flight plan services, FSS, NDB, VOR/DME.The nearest international airport is Halifax International Airport located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The Trans-Canada Highway leads from the City of Charlottetown. To the east it connects to the Wood Islands Ferry Terminal to Nova Scotia, and to the west with the Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick. Buses leave and arrive daily with connections to the rail system on the mainland. Prince Edward Island is serviced with connections to the mainland.
Park Access:

Entry access and exits for the BioCommons Research Park can be gained via Upton Road which in turn connects to the Trans-Canada Highway.

Charlottetown and Confederation Bridge: 56 km 35 mi
Charlottetown and Summerside: 71 km 44 mi
Charlottetown and Wood Islands Ferry: 61 km 39 mi
Charlottetown and Halifax NS (via Wood Islands): 238 km 149 mi
Charlottetown and Halifax NS (via Confederation Bridge): 331 km 207 mi
Charlottetown and Moncton NB: 158 km 97 mi
Charlottetown and Montreal PQ: 1194 km 744 mi
Charlottetown and Toronto ON: 1738 km 1080 mi
Charlottetown and U.S. Border at St. Stephen NB: 417 km 258 mi


The Charlottetown Port is located on the west bank of the Hillsborough River, and is 5.6 km (3.5 miles) away from the business park. It is administered by the Canadian Coast Guard, Harbours and Ports Directorate. Icebreaker support is available in winter. Services include: fresh water, supplies, minor repairs, fuel by truck, stevedoring, port of entry, port manager, sewage disposal. Pilotage is not compulsory but is available. The approach channel is restricted to a depth of 10 metres, with no width restrictions. There are 3 berthage sections measuring (length by depth):
  • 170 m length by 7 to 10 m depth
  • 183 m length by 7 to 10 m depth
  • 72 m length by 10 m depth
There are two heated storage sheds with areas of 1,775 sq m and 2,106 sq m, and an open storage area of 6,500 sq m. There is a slipway for launching boats up to 45' in length. The nearest container port is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


The 12.9 km (9 mile) Confederation Bridge joins Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick and is the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world. The Bridge is privately maintained, managed and operated by Strait Crossing Ltd. and it's subsidiary company Strait Crossing Bridge Ltd. Opened on May 31 1997, the bridge is 11 m wide and carries two lanes of traffic each 3.75 m wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The normal travelling speed is 80 km/h and it takes approximately 15 minutes to cross the Bridge. Vehicles carrying Dangerous Goods and Special Loads are required to report to the Bridge Control Centre to receive crossing information. A round trip Bridge toll is paid on exiting Prince Edward Island.

Services available on the Bridge include, full video surveillance, emergency call boxes, fire extinguishing, emergency alarm system, emergency response system. There is also a free shuttle service for people travelling on foot, or by bicycle.


The site chosen for the BioCommons Research Park is buffered from any adjacent residential developments to the east by a natural earth border planted with new growth pine trees. To the north, south and west, the park is bordered by mature stands of trees. All vehicular circulation can also be completely segregated from adjacent residential areas.

For more information contact:

Norma Kennific, BBA, DPA
Finance PEI
94 Euston Street
PO Box 1176
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Canada  C1A 7M8
Telephone: (902) 569-7605
Facsimile: (902) 569-7601
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