July 25, 2022

This Week...

Phase # 2 of Maffeo Sutton's Inclusive Playground begins, General Election nomination packages are available for pick up and a heat warning was issued - be prepared. Read on for more!

Heat Warning Issued

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the east coast of Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo. The City is advising residents to prepare for an upcoming period of hot weather throughout this week. It is especially important for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and those working or exercising outdoors to take precautions during heat waves.

Please refer to the Province of BC's guide outlining steps citizens can take to plan ahead for heat. 

For those wishing to still enjoy the outdoors while incorporating ways to stay cool, the water misters are on at Maffeo Sutton Park Spirit Square, community water parks are open and lifeguards are on duty daily at Westwood Lake. 


Get Vaccinated

Maffeo Sutton Playground Improvements

We are excited to announce that Phase II of Maffeo Sutton Inclusive Playground begins today, Monday, July 25. Many new accessible play features will be added over the next two months. Parts of the playground will remain open, but during construction, please follow the signage in place and stay away from the area being worked on. 


Long weekend closures at recreation facilities photo is of lifeguard at westwood lake

Long Weekend Closures

Just a reminder: on August 1, all city recreation facilities and offices will be closed. Lifeguards will be on duty at Westwood Lake and water parks will be open.  


Beban pool and weight room are shut down visit the nanaimo aquatic centre instead

Beban Annual Shutdown

Beban's annual shutdown takes place Saturday, July 30 until Sunday, August 28. Both the pool and weight room will not be available during this time. Visit the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Westwood Lake instead.


Sustainable Takeout Guide

Did you know? Even when certified "compostable", some plastics may not break down at the regional composting facilities and are not eligible for recycling.

Studies show that reusables are the most sustainable option, with the lowest environmental impacts. 

Review this new guide outlining which takeout options are best and which ones to avoid.


Reuse Rendezvous 2022

Reuse Rendezvous is a community event to celebrate the Zero Waste principles of reuse and redistribution! August 13 and 14, residents can participate by placing unwanted toys, sporting goods, furniture, books, bikes and other items to the curb so that others can take and reuse them.

Mark items set out for others to take with a "FREE" tag. Items set out should not block sidewalks and bike lanes. Unclaimed, leftover items must be removed from the curb by Monday, August 15.


Election Nomination packages available for pick up August 2

General Election Nomination Packages

Those interested in running as a candidate in the 2022 General Local Election will be able to pick up nomination packages for mayor, councillor and elector organizations starting August 2. Packages will be available for pick up from the Legislative Services Department located on the first floor of City Hall. Packages will also be available electronically upon request. Those picking up packages will be required to provide their name and contact information. However, their names and contact information will not be publicly released.


Map of Mid Town Water Supply Project location

Midtown Water Supply Project

Construction for the City’s Midtown Water Supply Project begins today, Monday, July 25. This multi-year project will see the construction of two large water supply mains, providing an essential water supply service to central and north Nanaimo, including Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

This project will strengthen the City’s water supply to accommodate future growth, provide assurance of fire protection and ensure resiliency for decades to come. It will also serve to provide NRGH with a dedicated potable water and fire protection feed. 

The first stage of construction will take place along the Nanaimo Parkway, between Northfield and East Wellington Road, as well as along Northfield Road between the Nanaimo Parkway and Boxwood Road.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Work will commence along Boxwood Road and Northfield Road. Please slow down and obey signage on site. 
  • Daytime road closures extended to July 29, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday along Rock City Road, between Ocean Pearl Terrance and Landalt Road while watermain work takes place. 
  • Metral Drive is still an active construction area. Crews will be forming and pouring the curb ramps in the intersection of Enterprise & Metral Drive causing congestion. Traffic control will aim to keep the intersection open and operational; however, please display patience for the workers as they endeavor to do this work as quickly as they can.
  • Fourth Street between Bruce Avenue and Pine Street is open, however work is still taking place. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Holland Road between Jingle Pot Road and Ashlee Road. Access to buses and local traffic only. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.
  • Utility upgrades are taking place on Cottleview Drive and Hillside Avenue between Caldwell Street and Pacific Edge Way. Commuters can expect minor delays.
  • 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.


Work With Us!

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

  • Applications Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Senior Applications Analyst
  • Recreation Assistant II - Arenas - Temporary Part-Time
  • Planning Assistant
  • Casual Wastewater Systems Operator-In-Training
  • Casual Labourer Pool
  • Building Official
  • Planner - Temporary Full-Time
  • Buyer - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator Aquatics
  • Head Lifeguard/Instructor - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Engineering Services Technologist
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

The next Council Meeting will take place on Monday, August 29.

Did you know? 

Council adopted Infrastructure Ask, Doughnut Economics and Youth Attraction and Retention working groups’ recommendations and voted to establish a Table of Champions, to continue the work brought forward by the Mayor’s Leaders’ Table. A Terms of Reference will be developed and brought forward for endorsement by the 2022-2026 Council.


Want the Latest City of Nanaimo News & Information?

Stay up to date with Council, programming and events: