January 4, 2022

This week...

Crews continue getting streets winter ready, garbage collection resumes and we would like to introduce Te’tuxwtun, a 5.8 acre development in the Harewood neighbourhood. Read on for more!

Be Snow Prepared

Make sure you are prepared and do your part to prevent flooding by clearing covered catch basins, shovelling sidewalks and staying off the roads when possible.

Please take extra caution in parks and on trails. Boardwalks, bridges and walkways may be slippery. Wear proper footwear and be winter-ready to enjoy it to the fullest!

Crews are salting following the wet snow and freezing temperatures overnight. 

Wondering where to get updates? Check local radio stations and follow @cityofnanaimo social media platforms for possible program cancellations and other updates. In the event of an emergency, public notifications will be sent out through Voyent Alert


Curbside Collection 

Curbside collection resumes today, but with the ice and snow, collection this week will be moving at a slower pace than usual. Due to snow and ice build up creating slick and sometimes narrow roadways, pickup will only happen where it is safe to do so. We recognize the need for you to be safe as well, and if you don’t feel safe taking your carts to the curb, please don’t!

If collection is missed at your home this week, or if you choose to keep your carts in for safety, you will be permitted to put extra recycling out on your next scheduled recycling day, or extra garbage out on your next garbage collection day. Please see our website for more details.

Please walk carefully if bringing your carts to the curb.


Reducing Curbside Contamination

We hope everyone is happy and healthy! As many of you tidy up from a busy weekend, please be sure to break down cardboard into 2x2 sized pieces and remember that the following items do not belong in the blue cart:

❌Christmas lights

❌foil wrapping paper


❌soft plastic packaging or over wrap

❌foam packaging

Use the What Goes Where Tool to help find out where these items can be recycled at a depot near you.


Westwood Lake Work

BC Hydro will be replacing BC Hydro poles on the south side of Westwood Lake January 4 to January 28, working Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. Heavy equipment and helicopters will be used to complete this work. Trail users can expect intermittent trail closures of up to 20 minutes for the duration of the work. For crew and public safety, please follow the direction of flaggers. BC Hydro would like to thank you for your understanding while they complete this important work.

Emergency Alerts 

With Voyent Alert you will receive notifications and instructions in the event of a wide-scale emergency. Download the "Voyent Alert" app, available from the App Store or GooglePlay - register now!




National Public Works Week Award

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) has once again announced the City of Nanaimo as a winner of the CPWA 2021 National Public Works Week (NPWW) Awards Contest! Nanaimo’s 2021 NPWW celebration competed with other Canadian municipalities for Most Creative Entry. Nanaimo also received CPWA’s NPWW award in 2018.


Kinderprep Registration

Is your little one off to Kindergarten in September 2022? Registration for Kindergarten with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools opens on Wednesday, January 5. Help your child (and you!) get ready with one of our Play & Learn or Kinder Prep programs held at Beban Park, Bowen Park or Oliver Woods. Register by calling 250-756-5200 or online.


Proof of Vaccination

Just a reminder that all swimming, skating and other applicable programs require Proof of Vaccination for those participants 12 years and older. For those 18 years and over, government-issued photo ID is also required along with Proof of Vaccination.

Pools and arenas are operating at 50 percent capacity limits.The 3-7 pm sessions at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre fill up quickly, so please consider visiting earlier in the day or later in the evening. 


Te'Tuxwtun Project

Te’tuxwtun (Tey-tux-tun) is a unique development project located on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people. It will develop 5.8 acres in the Harewood neighbourhood into affordable housing, services, open space and amenities.

Known collectively as the Knowledge Partners, the project is a joint partnership between Snuneymuxw First Nation, BC Housing, City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools.

Te’tuxwtun is more than an opportunity for housing, services and amenities. This development aims to respect and realize the land to its fullest potential, foster community, and satisfy the immediate and essential need for housing and accessible services. As a community-focused project, public feedback is a priority throughout Te’tuxwtun’s creation.

The four Knowledge Partners are working together and listening to community needs to rebuild and restore a healing environment for future generations.

Priorities for Te’tuxwtun include:

  • Restoring health to the land
  • Building and strengthening relationships
  • Affordable rental housing
  • Interconnected and accessible community services
  • Culture, parks and recreation services
  • Learning alternatives programing
  • Other potential community services identified through the planning process, such as health services and childcare

Your input is valuable to us in creating the most inclusive, sacred and safe space for our community. From today until January 28th, take the Te’tuxwtun survey.


Design Commercial

The second survey for Design Commercial is live! We are moving to a more in-depth look at each specific area using 360 images. The information gathered from this survey will guide the design phase. Please have your say today!


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Ninth Street is closed between Bruce Avenue and Plecas Crescent. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area. All businesses remain open and accessible, but commuters are asked to use alternate routes whenever possible.
  • Hammond Bay Road (between Bonnie Drive and Overlook Drive) will be single-lane, alternating traffic 24 hours a day.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Laguna Way east of the intersection with Lost Lake Road. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Nottingham Drive is closed between Hammond Bay Road and Cumberland Place. Commuters should plan to access Nottingham from the north end.


Work With Us!

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

  • Custodian Relief Pool - open until filled
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors - open until filled


Meetings This Week

Monday, January 10: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1:00 pm

Did you know?

On Monday, December 20, 2021 Nanaimo City Council adopted the City's 2022-2026 Provisional Financial Plan. With COVID-19 continuing to impact both the local and global economy, the Financial Plan is based on a return to a “new normal” and reflects a 5.9 per cent tax increase to cover general operating costs, including a 1.0 per cent increase for the General Asset Management Reserve for 2022.

This equals to an annual increase of $199 or roughly $16.58 per month in taxes and fees for a typical household.

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


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