May 1, 2023

This Week...

We celebrate youth this week, encourage you sign up for an invasive plant removal work party and register for a free public works open house. Read on for more!

Photo of smiling teens to promote youth week May 1 to 7

Youth Week

The City of Nanaimo is pleased to present the 2023 Youth Week celebrations. Activities are planned from May 1 to 7, all with the intent of celebrating youth in Nanaimo.

Highlights include youth drop-in sessions (Spare Blox and Youth Lounge), a variety of workshops, including Food Securities, Youth Empowerment, Financial Literacy and Mental Health, as well as a Buttertubs Tour and a Learn to Fish session. Most activities offered during Youth Week are free, and details can be found on the YOUth Nanaimo Facebook page and on the City of Nanaimo website.


photo of arrows in a circular indicating a circular economy

Circular Economy Webinars

Position your business as a leader in the green economy. Register for the VICEDA Circular Economy Webinar Series! This FREE, four-part series was designed to provide guidance for businesses who want to implement circular economy principles in their operations but don’t know where to start. There are four to choose from: 

  • Fostering a Circular Economy in Tourism & Hospitality, May 17 at 10 am
  • Fostering a Circular Economy in Construction, May 31 at 10 am
  • Fostering at Circular Economy in Food and Beverage Processing, June 14 at 10 am
  • How Local Government Can Support A Circular Economy, June 28 at 10 am.

Each webinar will feature a brief overview of the circular economy, examples of circular business solutions, case studies featuring local businesses and live discussions from industry leaders.


public works worker showing kids an excavator at public works day

Public Works Open House

Register for a free, semi guided tour of Public Works through work/information zones providing examples of “Connecting the World Through Public Works”.   

See how our Public Works crew connect the city both physically and through service to the community.


photo of blackberry, an invasive plant species in Nanaimo

Invasive Plant Awareness Month

May is the perfect time to remove those invasive plants from City of Nanaimo parks. Help us tackle invasive plants during one of our upcoming work parties. All equipment and training are provided. You do need to pre-register so we can arrange for enough equipment, but there is no cost. We appreciate your help! 


An electronic vehicle charger to promote new EV rebates

Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate

Do you have an electric vehicle (EV) or thinking of getting one? Rebates are available to support the installation of charging equipment for your EV. All rebates are additional to the rebates offered through BC Hydro. While the application process will be similar a separate application must be submitted to the City of Nanaimo and BC Hydro to receive both rebates.

The City of Nanaimo is offering top-up rebates of $150 for single family Homes, duplexes, row houses and townhouses. An additional rebate of up to $1,000 for an EV ready plan and $100 per parking space with access to an EV charger is available for apartments and condo buildings.


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RCMP Open House

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the RCMP, the Nanaimo RCMP is hosting an Open House for the public. The event, which will showcase a variety of RCMP careers, personnel, and equipment, is scheduled to run from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine, on Saturday May 13, 2023.

This event will have a number of static displays and interactive booths for all ages that will provide the public some insight into a variety of career opportunities and types of equipment that are at the disposal of the RCMP.


Photo of a pot hole and phone numbers to report it

Road Work

Crews working for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are patching potholes along the Nanaimo Parkway from Cedar Road to Superior Road this week. The work is taking place at night from 8 pm to 6 am. Watch for construction zone speed limits, lane closures and traffic control personnel.

If you see a pothole on a City road, please report it on the City website, use the Report a Problem tool on the Nanaimo Recycle app or call Public Works at 250-758-5222.

If the pothole is on a highway(Stewart Ave, Brechin Rd, the Nanaimo Parkway and the Old Island Highway, Pearson Bridge south and Brechin Rd north) please report it to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's contractor: Mainroad at 1-877-215-6006.

photo of a bear going through garbage

Bear Aware

Garbage is the attractant in 50 percent of problem bear calls in BC.

Food-conditioned bears are a safety threat to both bears and humans.

Please keep your curbside carts secured on non-collection days to protect bears and other wildlife.

  • Do not set your carts out the night before your collection day.
  • Place your carts out at the curb between 5 and 8 am on the morning of your scheduled collection day.
  • Remove your carts from the curb after they have been collected.
  • Store carts in a secure location such as a garage or shed, especially if you live in or close to wildlife habitat.

Hundreds of bears are euthanized in B.C. each year due to human-wildlife conflicts. Placing carts out the night before collection day is an offence under the BC Wildlife Act.

Remembering Mining Disaster

On May 3, 1887, 150 miners lost their lives, a massive loss to the community. Starting at 5:55 pm, two explosions occurred 260 meters below sea level in what was known as the city's largest mine, No. 1 Esplanade Mine. The blast was so forceful it rocketed through the underground shafts for almost a kilometer.

The explosions of the No. 1 Esplanade Mine are known as the worst mining disaster in BC's history and second worst industrial accident in Canada. To mark the anniversary and honour the memory of the lives lost, flags at City of Nanaimo facilities will be lowered to half-mast on May 3. Visit the walk-through coalmine exhibit in the Nanaimo Museum to learn more.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Country Club Drive (from Wassell Way to Colwood Road) will be closed during the day for a water main upgrades. Access will be limited to residents, and emergency services. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.

Midtown Water Supply and Midtown Gateway Projects:

  • All main parking lots, facilities and park amenities within Beban Park are open during construction. Certain areas of the park are fenced off and closed to the public for safety reasons. Detours will be in place to access all amenities within the park. Please obey all signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of any flag persons on duty.
  • Traffic flow is adjusted along Northfield Road between the Parkway (HWY19) and Boxwood Road for this critical infrastructure project. Traffic should avoid this area if possible and delays are to be expected. The speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h. Drivers must slowdown in work zones and pay close attention to signage.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the City while construction crews work on this project. The construction will create visual distractions and minor delays for commuters. Drivers, pay close attention to signage and construction traffic as workers and equipment enter and exit these sections of the project:
    • Boxwood Road, between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road.
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road.


Work With Us!

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

  • Tax Clerk (TFT)
  • Financial Analyst (TFT)
  • 2023 Seasonal Recreation Leader Vacancies
  • Temporary Recreation Leader II - Inclusion
  • Active Transportation Project Specialist (TFT)
  • Transportation Planning Specialist
  • HR Associate - Disability Management/OHS
  • Recreation Coordinator - Cultural Services
  • Municipal Services Inspector - Temporary Full-time
  • Buyer
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Casual Police Information Clerks
  • Roads Management Specialist (TFT)
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, May 1: Regular Council Meeting at 7 pm.

There will be a short presentation announcing that for the second year in a row, the City of Nanaimo has been awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its annual financial report. 


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


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