April 19, 2021

This week... 

Earth Day inspires us to learn about the New R's, hanging baskets are growing and we are seeking members for an art working group. Read on for more!


Message from Island Health

The new schedule for age cohorts to register for their vaccine has been published. There can be a wait time between when you register and when you’re invited to book your appointment. Wait times vary depending on your age, vaccine supply, and where you live.

  • With daily case counts in Island Health at an all-time high and the growing prevalence of variants of concern in our communities, we are urging people to avoid the high-risk activities that have pushed COVID-19 cases to an all-time high throughout our region.
  • With the number of new variants being seen in B.C., it is important to get tested early if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick, stay home, self-isolate and call 1-844-901-8442 (8:30 am – 8:00 pm daily) to book a test. If you are uncertain if you need a test, visit bc.thrive.health or review the symptoms on Island Health’s website.
  • Island Health is on track to meet the provincial expectation for all adults to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before July 1. For the latest information on vaccine eligibility, how and when to book, visit Island Health's COVID-19 vaccine page



Earth Day 

Did you know? Pollinators such as bees, birds and bats affect 35 percent of the world's crop production? If you've visited the waterfront lately, you'll see it in action. 

From April 20-22, join world leaders where they will discuss prevention around future negative impacts of climate change and environmental destruction in celebration of Earth Day, April 22. Together, we can Restore Our Earth™.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are loving this warm weather! They are currently growing in the City greenhouses and will be ready for placement at the beginning of June. 

Serauxmen Stadium

Construction on new fencing at Serauxmen Stadium will start April 19.  Some public pedestrian routes will be maintained during the construction, but please exercise caution when in the area and obey all posted signage and flagpersons on duty.

New R's 

There’s so much that’s happening in the world since our last Earth Day, so this year let's keep it simple with the old mantra, “Reduce - Reuse - Recycle.”

While it can be helpful when reflecting on your waste habits, the ever-growing list of new Rs can be overwhelming: refuse, rethink, repair, refill, restore, respect, regift, refurbish, repurpose, replant, resell, renew, redesign, rot, recover, replenish, rediscover, reinvent.

As long as you practice the right order, the original 3 Rs have everything you need to make long-term behaviour changes to limit your landfill waste.

  • The first step is remembering to REDUCE ♻ The most effective way to manage waste is by not creating it in the first place.
  • Once an item is already in use, commit to REUSE Prolong the lifespan of materials that are already in circulation.
  • RECYCLE after you reduce and reuse. Make sure you recycle right by following the sorting guidelines for your waste collection service.


Seeking Members

Are you passionate about the potential of public art in Nanaimo? Do you have experience in the field and knowledge to contribute? The City of Nanaimo is looking for candidates to join a new working group who have demonstrated experience and/or training in aspects of visual art, and represent a variety of professions with expertise in public art, including: artists, arts administrators, art historians, art conservators, educators, curators, landscape architects, design professionals, architects, Indigenous cultural knowledge keepers. Apply by May 10, 2021.


Invited to Apply

Nanaimo City Council is currently recruiting one representative to sit on the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors. The current term is three years with the option to extend twice for a total of nine years.

In order to support the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors in completing their work, the successful candidate will have experience in the business sector including community service, indigenous relations, marine operations and transport.

Interested applicants must submit a completed application form to the Legislative Services Department by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Please remember access is limited on Metral Drive from Turner Rod to Mostar Road for residents and business traffic only. Metral Drive is closed to through traffic. As an active construction site with large machinery working and deep utility trenches, road closures may occur and delays are to be expected. Please drive slowly and respect signage.
  • To accommodate development and maintain site safety, Rock City Road will be closed from Ocean Pearl Terrace to Barrington Road to through traffic 24 hours for 5 weeks. Local traffic should expect delays and plan their trips accordingly.
  • Construction continues on the Front Street Complete Street project. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible. All businesses and parkades remain open and accessible.
  • Crews are returning to Victoria Road working on the 2020 mobility upgrades.
  • Sanitary sewer upgrades on Stewart Avenue between Cypress Street and St. George Street will began April 6 and will likely continue for 4 weeks.


Work With Us!

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


Meetings This Week

Mon, April 19: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Did you know?

You can watch live meetings, view a list of upcoming meetings, read agendas and watch recordings of past meetings all in one place on the City website.

Council in Action

Missed what decisions Council made during one of their meetings? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.


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City of Nanaimo's COVID-19 Response

  • Masks Mandatory in all public spaces at all City facilities.
  • Please refer to the City website for a list of front desk hours of operation.
  • Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you.
  • Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Outdoor amenities remain open, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing & please stay home if not feeling 100% well.