June 18, 2024

My Nanaimo This Week...

National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on June 21, Albert/Fourth Complete Streets & Utility Upgrades project is complete and the Commercial Street Night Market is underway. Read on for more!

National Indigenous Peoples Day

On June 21, for National Indigenous Peoples Day, we recognize and celebrate the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada.

Albert/Fourth Streets & Utility Upgrades Complete

The Albert/Fourth Complete Streets & Utility Upgrades project has now been successfully completed! We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this important construction project. Work includes new watermains underneath Albert Street and Pine Street; a new fish-friendly culvert crossing Albert Street; continuation of the VIU bikeway between Pine Street and Milton Street; and extensive landscaping. We would also like to thank the Government of Canada's Canada Community-Building Fund and the B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program for their grant contributions.


Commercial Street Night Market

The Commercial Street Night Market hosts nearly 200 artisan vendors, more than a dozen food trucks, multiple musical entertainers and a kids’ zone creating a festive family vibe. Last week, the first night market of the season took place. If you missed it, don’t worry, there are 10 more evenings left!

New Provincial Housing Legislation

Effective June 17, 2024, Council adopted new Small-Scale Multi-Unit Housing and Transit-Oriented Areas regulations to comply with new Provincial Housing Legislation. To learn how this impacts Nanaimo residents, visit the New Provincial Housing Legislation page.

NRGH Petition
The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) is the only tertiary hospital for the entire Central and North Island, serving a population of 460,000. Nanaimo City Council has committed to advocating for a much-needed cath lab and patient tower at NRGH so that residents of this area have fair access to health care. Click here to find out how you can help and sign the petition.

No Smoking

Please remember that smoking is not permitted in city parks or on city trails. We are already experiencing dry conditions, and they are expected to continue into summer so let's work together to keep our parks safe.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Here’s a list of up-to-date information on City construction projects. Make sure to plan your commute and, if possible, plan an alternate route. When approaching construction zones, please make sure to slow down, follow any detours that may be in place and obey all signage and traffic personnel instructions. Thank you for your patience!

Midtown Water Supply Project

  • Tuesday, June 18, and Friday, June 21, Jingle Pot Road between the Parkway and Third Street will have traffic disruptions. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions on Jingle Pot Road.
  • Please be aware traffic changes similar to aforementioned dates may affect Thursday June 20, Jingle Pot Road traffic.
  • Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23, Black Diamond Drive between Jingle Pot Road and Coal Tyee Trail will be one way directional traffic from Coal Tyee Trail to Jingle Pot Road, a detour in place for entrance into the Black Diamond Drive neighbourhood.
  • Reccuring traffic disruptions for construction on Madsen Road from Bowen Road to Kerrisdale Road this week. At times Madsen Road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic or be closed between Bowen Road and Kerrisdale Road with no left or right turns off Bowen Road onto Madsen Road. Detours in place off Boxwood Road and East Wellington Road to Madsen Road.
  • The trail that connects VIU, the Black Diamond neighbourhood and Third Street remains closed to the public. This area is an active construction site.
  • Commuters pay close attention to signage and forconstruction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • East Wellington, Westwood Road to Bowen Road
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse
    • College Drive, near the Parkway intersection
    • Jingle Pot Road, near Black Diamond Drive

Thank you for your patience! Learn more about this project: Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Midtown Gateway Phase 2B

  • There will be some recurring traffic disruptions on Bowen Road, between Rosstown Road and Northfield Road. Access to Beban Park and Beban Plaza may be affected at times, please use alternate access. All park amenities and programs, and all businesses, remain open and accessible.
  • There will be some recurring traffic disruptions on Northfield Road near the intersection of Boxwood Road. Westbound traffic may be reduced to single lane. All businesses remain open and accessible.
  • There will be some recurring traffic disruptions on Rosstown Road, between Bowen Road and Whitney Road, including reducing traffic to single lane alternating.

Learn more about this project: Midtown Gateway.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades are ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street has been temporarily reinstated without signals.
  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.

Learn more about this project: Terminal Avenue Upgrades.

Meredith Road Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work continues Meredith Road between Spencer Road and Thunderbird Drive.
  • Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. If that is not possible, expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Detours will be instituted where possible.

Extension Road Traffic Calming

  • Commuters can expect minor delays as construction layout begins this week.

Learn more about this project: Extension Road Traffic Calming

Princess Street Area Utility Upgrades

  • Local traffic can expect minor delays as construction work continues along Columbia Street and Needham Street.



Work With Us!

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

  • Civil Design Technologist
  • Planning Assistant
  • Police Records Clerk
  • Financial Analyst
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Building Official
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Casual Pool - Custodian Relief
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


A view from the Mayor's chair in the Shaw auditorium looking toward the audience

Meetings This Week

Wednesday, June 19: Finance and Audit Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 9 am.

Thursday, June 20: Public Hearing Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 7 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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