January 25, 2021

This week... 

Island Health needs your help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, watch for daily closures on Rock City Road and Parks, Recreation and Culture have ways to keep you active and engaged this winter. Read on for more!

The New Normal Continues

Masks Mandatory

In all public spaces at all City facilities, masks are mandatory.

Please refer to the City website for a list of front desk hours of operation.

Corporate Services

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.

Parks, Recreation & Culture

Recreation facilities, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and arenas are open and following province-wide COVID-19 safety protocols.

Outdoor amenities remain open for use as well, however please continue to practice physical distancing, hand washing and please stay home if not feeling 100% well.



Message from Island Health

While COVID-19 is everywhere, the rate of positive cases in the Central Island region is on the rise again.

Residents across our entire region can help protect their families, friends and neighbours by stepping up safety measures.

✔️ Limit social interactions to immediate household. If you live alone, you must limit social interactions to one or two people who are already in your safe bubble. The fewer people we see, the less chance of exposure.

✔️ Masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, including all retail stores and restaurants, except when eating or drinking.

✔️ Travel should be limited to essential travel only. This means work within your region, medical appointments and hospital visits.

✔️ Wash your hands often – an easy and effective layer to prevent the spread!

✔️ Limit time in public places to essential trips for things like groceries and medications.

✔️ If you’re feeling sick at all, please stay home, self-isolate and visit bc.thrive.health or Island Health’s website islandhealth.ca/covid19 to determine your next steps.

Thank you for doing your part! Everything you do now will make a difference in the days and weeks to come.


Spring Break Programs

Looking to fill up your kids days off during spring break?  

From hockey to dance and Camp Firefly to board games, we offer a number of day camps to keep them engaged and active! Check out the Winter 2021 Activity Guide for camp and registration information.


Light up the Night YOUTH Drop-In

The lights at the Second Artificial Turf in Beban Park will be ON for FREE youth drop-in play Friday, Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 4-5:30 pm.

Equipment will be supplied, physical distancing rules are in place for unstructured play. Pre-registration for this is not required. Check out the Winter Youth Flyer for more programs. 


Stay Active & Engaged

Have you flipped through the 2021 Winter Activity Guide? In it, you will find a number of programs to keep you active including low impact exercise classes such as Light Vinyasa Yoga, outdoor options such as Trailblazers as well as art classes offered via zoom.

For your safety while participating in programs, we have put in place stringent COVID-19 protocols. 


Curbside Collection Day Schedule Changes!

Your collection day is changing over the next two weeks as we add new routes. Route transitions are taking place between January 16 and 30, so please note the collection days shown on your 2021 curbside collection schedule. Some routes may have weekend collections during this timeframe. Stay connected through the Nanaimo Recycles app and remember to have your carts out for collection by 8 am. 

Winter Road Conditions

Follow the Snow & Ice Control page for major snow and ice condition updates for Nanaimo and follow us on Twitter and Facebook (CityofNanaimo) for news on the latest clearing activity, road conditions and other alerts. For non-emergency snow and ice problems, call our Public Works department at 250-758-5222.



Work with Us!

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

Job Opportunities

Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Stay informed on the City's Current Construction Projects page. Staff provide up-to-date information on City construction projects. 

  • Metral Drive (Turner to Mostar) is limited to residents and business traffic only. The road is closed to through traffic and on-street parking has been removed in front of Pacific Station until the roadworks have been completed. 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.
  • Rock City Rd between Ocean Pearl Terrace & Barrington Road is closed from 9 am-3:30 pm, Mon-Fri beginning Jan 25, 2021 for approximately 4 weeks to accommodate blasting and cleanup. Local traffic should expect delays and plan trips accordingly.


Meetings This Week

Wed, Jan 27: Environment Committee at 5:00 pm

Thurs, Jan 28: Design Advisory Panel at 5:00 pm

Mon, Feb 1: Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm

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 a Special Council meeting or a Regular Council Meeting? Don’t worry. We have you covered! Check out our Council Meeting Summary page for quick overviews.

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