May 23, 2023

This Week...

It's Public Works and Local Government week and don't forget to register for Spring GoByBike for a chance to win some great prizes! Read on for more!

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Public Works Open House!

View the inner workings of the Public Works department from wastewater to road construction. The open house is being held on May 24 between 3 pm and 6 pm. Register online for a free tour using course code 97873, under "special events".


kids playing in spray at Deverill square water park

FireSmart Workshop

Get ready for the summer wildfire season by learning the principles of FireSmarting your home.

This awareness workshop will be of particular interest to people living near the wildland-urban interface or other greenspaces and is being held on May 25. We will cover simple steps you can take to manage your property and landscape to prevent the risk of loss due to wildfire.

Let us know you're coming! We want to make sure we have enough room.


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Get Involved

The City of Nanaimo has launched a survey to gain insight into how residents receive information on City news, events, programs and initiatives. The survey is now available on the City's Get Involved site until June 5, for anyone interested in providing input on this topic.

Survey responses will inform the City on where residents go to get City information and improvements to consider. 



gobybike spring event poster encouraging people to register and bike may 29 to june 4

Spring GoByBike Event

REGISTER yourself or your team today!

Don't miss participating in the local events.....

May 28, 3 to 5 pm Kick off party at Maffeo Sutton Park

May 28 - June 11 Nanaimo BikeTag, play anytime!

May 28 - June 11 Commuter Challenge, the team with the most rides recorded on share my ride wins!

Register, ride and record your KM's for a chance to win!



Nanaimo Wildflowers

Nanaimo is home to a variety of wildflower species - each adding beauty to our surroundings and providing a role in our environmental ecosystem. It is important to protect these local wildflowers. In order to do so, please remember: do not pick flowers; leave them for others to enjoy and as a way to protect our environment. Avoid stepping on them; stay on designated trails or boardwalks. 


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Circular Economy in Construction

Join Vancouver Island Coast Economic Developers Association (VICEDA) and Synergy Foundation to learn how you can implement circular economy principles into your operations within the construction industry and position your business as a leader in sustainability.



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Invasive Plant Month

Do you have invasive plants on your property?  On May 27 drop off your invasive plants at the drop zone.  Sign up for an invasive plants work party! All equipment and training are provided. Please pre-register. 

  • Saturday, May 27 at Bowen Park, course code #90388 and Drop Zone in the lower parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. 
  • Thursday, June 10 at Departure Bay as part of Oceans Day from 10 am to 12 pm. 


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects:

  • Beginning today, there will be constant traffic disruptions and delays along Northfield Road between Bowen Road and Highway 19a. Please obey all signs and traffic control persons for your safety. All businesses remain open and accessible. Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area during this time if possible. Please use an alternate exit if travelling on the Nanaimo Parkway, or consider using Island Highway North. Thank you for your patience! &

Departure Bay Road Sanitary Sewer and Watermain Upgrades

  • Beginning May 23, Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm and 7 am to 5 pm when school is not in session, some traffic delays should be expected during working hours.
  • Single lane traffic on Departure Bay Road will be in place adjacent to active construction. -Some temporary road closures and detours are anticipated.
  • Residents and businesses will be notified a minimum of 48 hours in advance of any scheduled impacts to services or driveway accesses.
  • If you live in the area and have young children, please advise them of the dangers of construction and be aware that heavy equipment and trucks have limited visibility.

Wedge Place and Country Club Drive Drainage and Watermain Upgrades

  • Country Club Drive (from Wassell Way to Colwood Road) will be closed during the day for a water main upgrades. Access will be limited to residents, and emergency services. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.

Albert/Fourth Complete Streets & Utility Upgrade project:

  • Watermain installation will be starting on Pine Street between Albion and Albert Street shortly. Minor traffic delays can be expected due to lane closures. Drivers should plan an alternate route if possible.


Work With Us!

We are currently looking for candidates to fill the following positions:

  • Fire Prevention Officer/Inspector
  • Communications & Marketing Specialist
  • Fleet Maintenance Mechanic - Temporary Full-Time
  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • 2023 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Temporary Recreation Leader II - Inclusion
  • Municipal Services Inspector - Temporary Full-Time
  • Buyer
  • Casual Police Information Clerks
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


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Meetings This Week

Thursday, May 25: Design Advisory Panel Meeting at 5 pm


If you are not able to attend or tune in live, you can always review decisions made at each Council meeting simply by reading the Council Meeting Summaries. These summaries are typically posted the day after each meeting.


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