March 13, 2023

This Week...

Learn more about how Nanaimo is building up for the future, sign your kids up for several new programs and learn how to incorporate easy, green lifestyle changes. Read on for more!

Nanaimo City Council was pleased to honour Craig Evans with a Patron of the City award

Nanaimo Building Permit Values Second Highest on Record

At $410 million, the construction value of building permits within the City of Nanaimo last year was second only to 2019, with residential units leading the way. Building permits were issued for a total of 1,370 residential units with 1,065 of those in multi-unit developments.

Private developers are responding to public demand for more housing in urban centres, including downtown, with projects throughout the city. Some highlights include an 87-unit multi-family building at 550 Brechin Road, a mixed-use development with 98 residential units at 4831 Cedar Ridge Place and a 160-unit seniors care residence at 4979 Wills Road. In addition, the popularity of secondary suites and carriage houses in single-family homes continued with 152 building permits granted.

The City's long-term vision of more complete neighbourhoods with convenient access to services that can be linked by transportation corridors, including bus service, was confirmed through the REIMAGINE Nanaimo public consultation process. For more information on development growth in Nanaimo, visit


New grasshoppers

*New* Play and Learn Program

If your little one is between the ages of two and five and ready to learn through interactive play, songs, stories, crafts and basic academic prep activities, but hesitant to go alone, then check out a new Play and Learn program called Grasshoppers. This program is slightly different than some of the others because parent participation is required and younger siblings (if less than one year old) are welcome. Flip to page 19 of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide for more information on all the Play and Learn Programs. 


kids bhangra fit

*New* Kids Bhangra Fit

Have you seen this new Bhangra dance and fitness-inspired class? Kids will touch on the basics and learn various forms of Bhangra, all while getting a full body workout. This fun-filled, vibrant and joyful dance elevates your heart rate and state of mind. Classes will take place at Beban Park Social Centre starting March 27, the week after spring break. There are classes for kids three to 11 years old. Flip to page 22 in the Spring and Summer Activity Guide for more information. 


little explorers program is being offered, read more on page 22 of the activity guide

*New* Little Explorers

Do your kids enjoy the outdoors and want to explore the wonders of the forest? Sign your four- and five-year-olds up for a new program called Little Explorers where they can spend time growing their love of nature with exploration time, games, crafts and more. This course starts April 4 and runs for four weeks from 10 to 11:30 am at Bowen Park. Flip to page 23 of the Spring and Summer Activity Guide to learn more. 


Be Green!

St. Patrick's Day can be about everything green including making simple "green" lifestyle changes. Here are some examples:

  • Reuse - decorations and green clothing/accessories from previous celebrations
  • Choose alternative forms of transportation - even just one day a week walk, bike or take the bus to work, shopping, running your errands, etc.
  • Recycle - you can divert a large percentage of your household waste from the landfill. 
  • Reduce - reducing consumption reduces the amount you have to throw out and saves you money.
  • Upcycle - spruce up tired or outdated items, making them look new or repurpose items for an entirely different use.
  • Be water smart - water is essential to all forms of life. Conserve this precious resource.

Sanitation Training Day

Just a reminder, curbside collection will skip a day this week. The Sanitation team is taking part in scheduled training on Wednesday, March 15. They will learn about Recycle BC Programs, waste impact on the environment, contamination remediation and much more. Be sure to consult your collections calendar.


Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Night construction has begun on Mary Ellen Drive. Parkway access will be closed from 6 to 11 pm. Please use the Old Island Highway to access businesses within Woodgrove Crossing. From 11 pm to 6 am, the road will be completely closed to traffic. Please exercise patience as drivers get used to the roundabout configuration.
  • Bay Street (from Country Club Dr to Neyland Rd) will be closed during the day for a water main upgrade. Access will be limited to residents, and emergency services. Other commuters should plan an alternate route.

For the City of Nanaimo’s Midtown Water Supply Project:

  • Traffic flow is adjusted along Northfield Road, between the Nanaimo Parkway 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 slow down in work zones and pay close attention to signage.
  • Commuters can expect minor delays along many streets in the City while the construction crews progress on this project. The construction will create visual distractions and minor delays for commuters. Drivers pay close attention to signage and avoid these areas if possible:
    • Boxwood Road, between Meredith Road and Tulsa Road, as construction traffic enters and exits this section of the project.
    • Griffiths Road, end to Madsen Road, as construction traffic enters and exits this section of the project.
    • East Wellington Road, between the Nanaimo Parkway and Madsen Road, as construction traffic enters and exits this section of the project.
    • Third Street across from the Rotary Fieldhouse as construction traffic enters and exits this section of the project.
  • The trails between Black Diamond/VIU/Third Street are closed to cycling and pedestrian traffic for site preparations. The trail closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of April.

For the City of Nanaimo’s Midtown Gateway Project:

  • The southern Bowen Road access into Beban Park remains closed 24 hours per day to all vehicle traffic, cyclists and pedestrians until March 31. Please use one of the alternate park accesses.
  • 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. Please obey all signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of any flag persons on duty.
  • There will be sidewalk closures along Bowen Road between Northfield Road and Labieux Road. Pedestrians are asked to follow sidewalk detour signage placed for your safety and follow the directions of any flag persons on duty.
  • There will be alternating lane closures on Bowen Road 24 hours per day from March 11 to 16. One vehicle lane per direction will be available, however, drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible to avoid delays.
  • Rosstown Road, at the intersection of Bowen Road, will be closed to vehicle access 24 hours per day from March 11 to 16. Drivers are asked to detour around using Pheasant Terrace and Labieux Road. There will be no transit service along Rosstown Road or Pheasant Terrace. Transit users are asked to use existing bus stops on Labieux Road and to check out the latest BC Transit information.
  • Construction work will move to 24 hours a day from March 11 until March 26.


Work With Us!

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

  • Property Services Agent
  • Temporary Recreation Leader II - Inclusion
  • Municipal Services Inspector
  • Casual Police Information Clerks
  • Lifeguard/Instructor
  • 2023 Seasonal Recreation Leaders
  • Roads Management Specialist - Temporary Full-Time
  • Recreation Coordinator - Aquatics
  • Building Official
  • Casuals - Police Services
  • Custodian - Relief Pool
  • Casual Lifeguard/Instructors


Meetings This Week

Monday, March 13: Governance and Priorities Committee at 1 pm.

Wednesday, March 15: Finance and Audit Committee Meeting at 9 am. 

Thursday, March 16: Public Hearing at 7 pm.


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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