September 13, 2021

This week...

Register for fall GoByBike, share your feedback on one of many Get Involved Nanaimo projects and help reduce curbside contamination. Read on for more!

Get Vaccinated

Message from Island Health

Proof of vaccination starts today, September 13. To access some non-essential events, services and businesses you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Be ready by confirming you’re entered in the provincial Get Vaccinated system. You can do this online at, at a Service BC office or by phone 7 days a week, 7 am-7 pm at 1-833-838-2323.


City of Nanaimo COVID-19 Response

The written Provincial Health Order has clarified the following for participating in indoor recreation programs starting today, September 13:

  • Children under 12 years of age are not required to provide proof of vaccination in order to participate
  • Children and youth ages 12 to 21 are not required to provide proof of vaccination to participate unless they are attending an event of 50+ people
  • Those participating in swimming activities are not required to show proof of vaccination unless they are attending an event of 50+ people
  • Children and youth (up to age 21) participating in skating/hockey activities are not required to show proof of vaccination unless they are attending an event of 50+ people
  • Adults 22+ years of age participating in indoor sports, exercise/fitness classes, hockey, dance, working out in weight rooms and attending events of 50+ people are required to show proof of vaccination
  • Where proof of vaccination is required, government issued photo ID (driver’s license, BCID, passport) is also required for those 19 years of age and older

Further interpretation and clarification of this Provincial Health Order may continue to evolve, and we will inform you of any significant changes.

We appreciate your understanding of our need to comply with the Provincial Health Order so that we can keep recreation services available to our community.We ask that you treat our staff with respect. Any abusive language or actions toward staff will not be tolerated. Please be kind to one another as we all make our way through this.

More information can be found Province of British Columbia on COVID-19 website. 


Fall GoByBike

Registration is OPEN and FREE. Ride your bike between September 27 and October 10, log your kilometers and enter for a chance to win some great GoByBike BC prizes! The fall Grand Prize is a Cycling Adventure for 2 in France, sponsored by Exodus Travels! Stay tuned for more information on fun local challenges and more prizes to be won!



NAC is Back

The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is open after regular scheduled maintenance last week. Registration for drop-in sessions and lessons are still required. Please visit the website to view the pool schedule and register at If you have any questions, pleae call 250-756-5200. 




Great cities aren’t created by accident. They are built by residents setting the foundations and direction on where and how growth should happen. Have your say on three potential growth scenarios by taking part in the virtual WORKSHOP SERIES or by completing an ONLINE SURVEY. By taking part, you can enter to win a gift card to the eatery of your choice. Surveys close September 20, 2021.


Have your say with two new surveys - Foundations & Scenarios. Complete the surveys before September 20 and be entered to win a gift card to the eatery of your choice.



Participate in a lively, interactive discussion about the future of our city. There are four online Our City, Our Choices Scenarios Workshops this month. Hopefully one works for you!


Get Vaccinated

Help Prevent Curbside Contamination

Contamination is a major obstacle in the recycling process. It occurs when material that is not accepted for recycling is put in recycling bins. There are many examples of contamination and they include:

  • Material not accepted by Recycle BC
    • Material that is not packaging or paper
    • Material that can’t be recycled with current recycling technology
    • Hazardous material, including batteries, propane or butane cylinders, needles, lighters
  • Containers with contents (e.g. food or liquid) inside
  • Material sorted incorrectly
  • Material tied in a plastic bag

Why Preventing Contamination is Important

When it comes to recycling, we’re all in this together. We all work together to ensure the success of the recycling system. In Reycle BC's 2019 Annual Report, they reported that 90% of collected tonnes in the Recycle BC program were managed by recycling. Low contamination is a contributing factor to a high recycling rate.

Easy Ways to Prevent Contamination

  • Rinse your containers as soon as they’re empty. 
  • Sort your material.
  • Use the Nanaimo Recycles App and the "what goes where" tool. 



Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • 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.
  • Road work and utility upgrades are underway on Lost Lake Road between Tanya Drive and Blue Jay Trail. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternative routes whenever possible.
  • Drainage upgrades are underway on Estevan Road between Brechin Road and Drake Street. During construction hours from Monday to Thursdays this road will be closed to traffic with the exception of buses and local residents. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Tenth Street between Lawlor Rd and Junction Ave will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm from August 30 to September 18 to install a concrete box culvert. Expect minor delays.
  • Hammond Bay Road (between Chinook Road and Planta Road) will be single-lane, alternating traffic between 7am and 5pm from September 7 to 15, 2021. Normal traffic will be restored after work hours and on weekends.


Work With Us!

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


Meetings This Week

No meetings this week. However, please note that the date of next week's Regular Council Meeting has changed from Monday to Tuesday.

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. 


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