April 29, 2024

This Week...

Sign up for an invasive plant removal work party, get ready for Emergency Preparedness Week and register for a free Public Works open house. Read on for more!

Invasive Plant Removal

May is invasive plant removal in the City of Nanaimo. Join like-minded individuals and tackle invasive plants during one of our work parties. Your efforts really make a difference in improving our environmental health.

Invasive Plants Work Parties

May 2: Broom Removal along Parkway Trail, 10 am - 12 pm (116649)
May 11: Broom Removal at Koram Park, 10 am - 12 pm (116142)
May 14: Broom Removal at Third Street Park, 10 am - 12 pm (116150)
May 21: Broom/Invasives Removal along Parkway Trail, 10 am - 12 pm (118573)
June 1: Invasive Plant Removal at Bowen Park, 10 am - 12 pm (116156)
June 18: Invasive Plant Removal at Diver Lake Park, 10 am - 12 pm (116166)

Please register for the work parties in advance through recreation.nanaimo.ca using the barcodes included above.

Do you have ivy, broom, blackberry or daphne?
Bring it to the drop zone! Available for homeowners to drop off invasive plants for disposal on Saturday, June 1, from 10 am - 2 pm at Bowen Park, Lower Parking Lot (off Wall St).


Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5 - 11

The City of Nanaimo is encouraging residents to prepare for an emergency by making a kit, drafting up a plan and signing up for the City's Voyent Alert! Emergency Notification System. Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster.


Youth Week

Youth Week is from May 1 - 7 and is a way to celebrate youth in Nanaimo. A variety of activities are planned with some requiring pre-registration. Please see our website for all the details, or check out the YOUth Nanaimo Facebook page for more information on this year's events.


Concerts in the Park

Join us this spring and summer for concerts in Nanaimo's beautiful parks featuring a variety of local musicians. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy local talent.

The first concert is performed by singer/ songwriter Laura Kelsey on Sunday, May 12 at Colliery Dam Park from 1 to 2 pm.


150 Years

On December 24, 1874, Nanaimo officially became the sixth municipality to be incorporated in British Columbia. 150 years of incorporation provides a chance to highlight the City of Nanaimo's successes while recognizing its citizens and community partners who have contributed to Nanaimo’s vibrancy over the past century and a half.


Public Works Tour

On May 22, the public is invited to partake in a free, semi-guided tour of the Public Works yard. Work/information zones will provide examples of “Advancing Quality of Life for All”. This theme showcases how Public Works employees are dedicated to improving the quality of life for its citizens to live, work and play. There are a limited number of spots available and registration is required for this tour.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Here’s a list of up-to-date information on City construction projects. Make sure to plan your commute and, if possible, plan an alternate route. When approaching construction zones, please make sure to slow down and obey all signage and traffic personnel instructions. Thank you for your patience!

Midtown Water Supply Project

  • The trail that connects VIU, the Black Diamond neighbourhood and Third Street is closed to the public. This area is an active construction site for the installation of the water supply main. Construction traffic will enter and exit the work zone at Third Street across from the Rotary Field House.
  • Line painting is scheduled for two areas of the project this week:
    • Labieux Road at the Kenworth Road roundabout.
    • East Wellington Road between the Parkway overpass and Bowen Road.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays and visual distractions along many streets in the City while construction continues on this project. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and the construction traffic as they enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • Beban Park, near Bowen Road south entrance
    • Labieux Road, off the Labieux Rd/Kenworth Rd roundabout
    • East Wellington, Westwood Road to Bowen Road
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse
    • College Drive, near the Parkway intersection

Thank you for your patience! Learn more about this project: Midtown Water Supply Upgrades.

Midtown Gateway Phase 2B

  • At times, Rosstown Road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic between Bowen Road and Whitney Road.
  • At times, southbound traffic on Bowen Road will be reduced to single lane between Rosstown Road and Northfield Road.
  • Typical work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm.

Learn more about this project: Midtown Gateway.

Terminal Avenue

  • Terminal Avenue upgrades will be ongoing between Commercial Street and Esplanade Street.
  • Signal installation has commenced at Esplanade and drivers should expect delays travelling through the intersection.
  • Right turns southbound from Terminal Avenue onto Esplanade, and Westbound from Esplanade onto Terminal Avenue will not be permitted from April 15 to April 29 to accommodate concrete pours.
  • Gordon Street from Cameron Road to Terminal Avenue is closed until May 3 for brick paver installation.
  • The sidewalk in front of Vancouver Island Convention Centre along Terminal Avenue will have rotating closures and pedestrian traffic will be provided with a detour onto Terminal.
  • The mid-block crosswalk at Gordon Street is closed until the installation of the new signals, expected late this year. Pedestrians please use the crosswalks at Commercial Street and Esplanade for safe crossing
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Victoria Road Temporary Closure

  • Victoria Road is closed between Rainer Street and Needham Street to repair some settlement in the roadway.
  • A temporary detour along Seventh Street to Park Avenue to Fifth Street will be in place until the end of April while repair work is completed.
  • Local traffic has access to Victoria Road from each end of the closure.

Meredith Road Watermain Upgrade

  • Construction work is continuing on Meredith Road between Spencer Road and Forest Drive.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 am to 5 pm.
  • Commuters are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. If that is not possible, expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Detours will be instituted where possible.
  • Obey all signs and traffic control persons.

Weber Street & Bruce Avenue Area Utility Upgrades

  • Construction is continuing on Weber Street, Glen Crescent, Pedestrian Walkway and Plecas Crescent.
  • Pedestrian walkway between Glen Crescent and Plecas Crescent will be closed all week, Allen block wall and chain-link fence installation in progress
  • Traffic on Weber Street, Glen Crescent and Plecas Crescent will occasionally be reduced to single-lane-alternating.
  • Typical construction hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm.



Work With Us!

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

  • Operations Support Supervisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Business Analyst/Project Management Specialist
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Assistant Manager, Procurement
  • Building Official
  • Financial Analyst - Temporary Full-Time
  • Casual Clerical Opportunities
  • Casual Pool - Custodian Relief
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


A view from the Mayor's chair in the Shaw auditorium looking toward the audience

Meetings This Week

Monday, April 29: Special Council Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 11 am.

Monday, April 29: Governance and Priorities Committee Meeting in the Shaw Auditorium starting at 1 pm.

Thursday, May 2: Board of Variance Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre boardroom starting at 4 pm.

Friday, May 3: Special Mayor's Leaders' Table Meeting in the Service and Resource Centre boardroom starting at 9 am.


If you are not able to attend or tune in live, you can always review decisions made at each Council meeting simply by reading the Council Meeting Summaries. These summaries are typically posted the day after each meeting.


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