May 25, 2021

This week... 

An important reminder from Island Health, summer camps are filling up so register soon and the last invasive plants drop zone is happening Saturday, May 29. Read on for more!

Get Vaccinated

Message from Island Health

As of May 20, there were 121 active COVID-19 cases in the Island Health region (35 in the South Island, 53 in the Central Island and 33 in the North Island) with approximately 13% of recent cases community acquired (no known source and did not report travel outside of Island Health).

  • Everyone age 12+ in B.C. can now register online at or by phone: 1-833-838-2323. Every person vaccinated makes us all safer and gets us closer to putting the COVID-19 pandemic behind us.
  • Island Health is screening every COVID-19 positive test for variants, many of which are more transmissible and can lead to more severe illness. Currently, the majority of active cases are presumed variants of COVID-19.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, self-isolate and call 1-844-901-8442 (8:30 am – 8:00 pm daily) to book a test. If you are uncertain if you need a test, visit or review the symptoms on Island Health’s website.
  • More than 57% of Island Health’s adult population has received their first dose of a vaccine. 


Summer Day Camps

Summer day camp registration is on-going. There are many offerings this summer from mermaid camp to 3D video game design.

Continue to check the website for current events and more if restrictions ease.


Play & Learn

Play and Learn monthly early years program registration begins on Tuesday, June 1 for programs running September 2021 to June 2022. There are three locations to choose from (Beban Park, Bowen Park & Oliver Woods). The program is designed for ages 3 to 5 years.


Removal of Invasives

This is the last week to participate in Invasive Plant Awareness Month! 

May 26 - Broom & Ivy Removal: Pipers Lagoon Park, 10 am to 12 pm. Free to participate but registration is required, use course code #56234. 

May 29 - Drop Zone: Residents can bring invasive plants from their property for free, safe removal from 10 am to 2 pm at Bowen Park.


FireSmart Your Property

  • Move firewood 10-30 meters from your home
  • Clean your roof and gutters of leaves & pine needles
  • Have a wildfire evacuation plan with your household
  • Keep grass cut to less than 10 cm
  • Trim and prune any trees or vegetation that overhang your roof
  • Take inventory of what kind of trees grow on your property as some are more resistant to fires
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows where the gas, electricity and water main shut-offs are
  • Access your roof and chimney to inspect and keep clean
  • Relocate propane tanks 10-30 meters from your home
  • Conduct a full FireSmart assessment of your home and property


Reminder to Complete Your Census

Census information is vital for planning programs and services at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels. The data is used by organizations, businesses, municipalities, governments and Indigenous communities across Canada.

The census counts every person in Canada and collects basic information about age, sex at birth, gender, official languages and family relationships. The long-form questionnaire gathers further details about income, education, religion, ethnic origins, Indigenous identity and languages, and more. The census is one of the only national sources of data for people living in Indigenous communities and provides key information about all Indigenous people living across Canada. Fill out your census today!


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Please remember access is limited on Metral Drive from Turner Road to Mostar Road for residents and business traffic only. Metral Drive is closed to through traffic. As an active construction site with large machinery working and deep utility trenches, road closures may occur and delays are to be expected. Please drive slowly and respect signage.
  • To accommodate development and maintain site safety, Rock City Road will be closed from Ocean Pearl Terrace to Barrington Road to through traffic 24 hours. Local traffic should expect delays and plan their trips accordingly.
  • Victoria Road is paved and the contractor will be finishing some last concrete works before demobilizing from the site by the end of the week.
  • Asphalt paving is taking place May 25-28 on Front Street Complete Street project. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible. All businesses and parkades remain open and accessible.
  • Sanitary sewer upgrades on Stewart Avenue will be done by the end of the week. 


Work With Us!

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


Meetings This Week

Wed, May 26: Special Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness at 4:00 pm

Thurs, May 27: Design Advisory Panel Meeting at 5:00 pm

Mon, May 31: Governance and Priorities Committee at 12:00 am

Please note, meetings are virtual.

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.


Council in Action

Missed what decisions Council made during one of their meetings? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

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City of Nanaimo's COVID-19 Response

  • Masks Mandatory in all public spaces at all City facilities.
  • Safety protocols are in place to help keep both visitors and staff safe when visiting our facilities. Please check out our Online Services page to see how we can help you.
  • Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Outdoor amenities remain open, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing & please stay home if not feeling 100% well.