September 12, 2022

This week... 

Apply now for 2023 Social Planning Grants, view a list candidates for Mayor and Council and replacement of the Brechin Dock begins. Read on for more!

Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

For most Canadians like me, Queen Elizabeth II is the only monarch we have ever known, a constant presence in an ever-changing world, and the person for whom we sang β€œGod Save the Queen” with real feeling.

Since her coronation in 1953, she worked tirelessly with devotion to unite rather than divide, to serve rather than be served, and to uphold the standards of her office in a manner that is a model for all leaders. For 70 years of unrelenting commitment to upholding the British Constitution, Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated grace, charm, wit and keen intelligence, even in the face of existential threats to her nation.

The era of the Greatest Generation is passing. The people who withstood a crushing global economic depression, followed by World War II and the lasting effects of that conflict, have grown old, and most have passed away. Now their greatest leader has gone, too.

We are called now to honour and respect the woman who set and achieved the highest standards of civil behaviour and understood the necessity of making personal sacrifices for a greater good. We would not be the people we are today without that example of leadership.

On behalf of City Council, I offer my condolences to the Royal Family on this somber occasion.

Mayor, Leonard Krog

*Photo Credit, Nanaimo Archives

If you're operating a short-term rental, you must obtain a business licence.

Short-Term Rentals

Did you know? Amendments to City of Nanaimo Zoning and Parking Bylaws were adopted on February 7, 2022 to allow and regulate the operation of short-term rentals within a primary residence in zones where residential use is permitted. 

If you're operating a short-term rental, you must obtain a business licence. Be sure to review the Short-Term Rental Operator's Guide for more information. 


apply for social planning grants

Social Planning Grants

The purpose of the Social Planning Grant program is to assist organizations in responding to issues of a social nature with initiatives that enhance social cohesion, address the root causes and effects of poverty, contribute to the vitality of our community and foster social inclusion and social equity.

The total amount of Social Planning Grant funds available for 2023 is $85,000. 


The Brechin Dock is about to be replaced. Starting on September 14 until October 14, replacement work will occur

Brechin Dock

Good news Nanaimo! The Brechin Dock is about to be replaced. Replacement work will take place September 14 until October 14. The boat launch will still be open, but some sections of the dock will be closed until the work is complete. 


Nanaimo votes October 15

Election Update

The nomination period for the 2022 General Local Election has ended and the Chief Election Officer has declared the candidates. You can now review the list of candidates for the position of Mayor and Council. 


Bicycle Film Festival Nanaimo

To kick off to Fall Go By Bike Weeks and celebrate the great access to biking of all kinds in our community, the City of Nanaimo and VIU are excited to present the Bicycle Film Festival Nanaimo. The event is happening on Saturday, October 1 in the Malaspina Theatre (Vancouver Island University) and will feature a screening of short films that celebrate biking as an activity for everyone. Theatre doors open at 6:30 pm with general seating. Tickets to view the films are $15 per person.

A FREE pre-event (sponsored by Modo Carshare) will start at 4:30 pm and will include: information about electric vehicles, food trucks, e-bike trials and information about sustainable initiatives in Nanaimo – come down early to join in on the fun!  


Midtown Gateway Project

Phase 2A of the Midtown Gateway project continues in the Northfield Road / Bowen Road / Rosstown Road area. Rapid impact compaction (RIC), which is a specialized ground improvement technique, is underway throughout the month of September, Mondays through Saturdays, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. It uses a hydraulic hammer to compact the ground for future roadways. This work is necessary because of historical coal mining waste disposal on the property. Although this current work will not impact traffic, it is a slow and loud process that will cause excessive noise and we apologize for the inconvenience.


View of metral drive introducing commute information below

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is still an active construction area. Traffic control will aim to keep traffic flowing; however, please display patience for the workers as they endeavor to do this work as quickly as they can.
  • Mobility upgrades are taking place at the intersection of Bruce Avenue and Sixth Street. Commuters should expect minor delays.
  • Park Avenue between Fifth Street and Seventh Street will be closed in both directions for a sanitary sewer upgrade. The road closure will be in place for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access is available for local traffic and emergency vehicles only. A detour will be in place using Bruce Avenue and the closure will remain in effect until the sewer upgrade project is completed in September.
  • Crews will be performing trench repairs on Junction Ave between Tenth Street and Eleventh Street 7 am - 5 pm, September 12 to September 16. The road will be closed except to local traffic, busses and emergency vehicles. 


Work With Us!

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

  • Manager, Culture & Special Events
  • Planning Assitant
  • Trails Supervisor - Parks
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • Casual Labourer Pool
  • Building Official
  • Planner - Temporary Full-Time
  • Buyer - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator Aquatics
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, September 19: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

Did you know?

Beginning September 17, and until after the election on October 15, Council meetings will not be broadcast or streaqmed. Recordings will be made of each meeting and will be available on the City website after the election. In person attendance will still be available. 


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