September 7, 2021

This Week,

A reminder to slow down in school zones, the campfire ban continues in Nanaimo and download the Nanaimo Recycles app for the latest updates. Read on for more!

Get Vaccinated

Message from Island Health


If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, or if it’s been more than 28 days since your first dose, get vaccinated at any Island Health community COVID-19 clinic. No appointment necessary. Everyone aged 12+ (born 2009 or earlier) is welcome.

Please do not call the clinics or sites directly. Find answers to questions about the vaccine and immunization process on Island Health’s vaccine page and at ImmunizeBC.


City of Nanaimo's COVID-19 Response

In order to be compliant with the latest Public Health Orders issued by the Province of British Columbia, the City of Nanaimo will be implementing the following:

August 25, 2021:

  • Requiring that anybody inside recreation facilities wear a mask (exceptions for children under the age of 12 or those with a medical condition or disability).

As of September 13, 2021:

  • Requiring participants 12 years and older to present proof of vaccination showing they have had at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of any recreation program.
  • Requiring any community group or business renting indoor City of Nanaimo facilities, including community groups, businesses or sports groups to verify that their participants are compliant with the Public Health Order (first dose of vaccine).
  • Procedures for verifying vaccination passwords are yet to be determined.

As of October 24, 2021:

  • Requiring participants 12 years and older to present proof of vaccination showing they have had both of their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of any recreation program.
  • Requiring any community group or business renting City of Nanaimo indoor facilities to verify that their participants are fully vaccinated, meaning that they are in compliant with the Public Health Order (fully vaccinated).

The City of Nanaimo is in consultation with Island Health, British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), viaSport and other organizations to ensure that we continue to follow the Public Health Orders as intended and that we are consistent with other BC municipalities.

We will be posting updates on our social media channels and on our website as Public Health Orders are revised.

September 1-15, 2021:

  • Beban Park undergoing major electrical upgrade so Social Centre will not be open; Beban Pool lobby and program registration available.

We are in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan:

  • Fitness classes - all indoor fitness classes allowed to run with normal capacity.
  • Weight Rooms will gradually increase to normal capacity (pre-registration required).
  • Indoor spectators of 50 people or 50% capacity (whichever is greater) permitted.
  • Outdoor spectators of 5,000 or 50% capacity (whichever is great) permitted.
  • All pre-registered sessions (swimming, skating, gymnasium sports) have increased capacity (pre-registration required).
  • New Communicable Disease Guidelines in place.
  • Oliver Woods Community Centre, Bowen Complex and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre open to the public for registration, washrooms and water fountains.
  • Nanaimo Ice Centre will be staffed with cashiers for public sessions.
  • Hot tub, slides and saunas open at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.


Supporting Health Care Workers

The Bastion will be lit pink September 8, and September 16-30 in support of Health Care workers. The gesture was described on twitter by the B.C. Legislature "a gesture of gratitude for all that they have done and continue to do during the Covid19 pandemic, in the face of many challenges."


Nanaimo Recycles

Download the Nanaimo Recycles app from the AppStore or Google Play and:

  • Get curbside collection notifications
  • Find out what goes in each bin
  • Use the what goes where tool to find out where to return items that aren't accepted in the blue bin
  • Report a public works or parks related issue
  • Never miss a garbage/recycling collection day again!


Campfire Ban Update

Friday, September 3, 2021, the campfire prohibition in the Coastal Fire Centre was lifted in all regions of the jurisdictional area except for the South Island Resource District area, which includes Nanaimo. These restrictions will remain in place until October 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.


Federal Election

Make a plan to vote in the federal election, scheduled for September 20, 2021. Choose the voting option that works best for you. You can register online at and help make voting faster on election day!

Positions still need to be filled in Elections Canada offices across Canada.  If your application is retained, you may be contacted anytime until election day.



Back to School

The City of Nanaimo is reminding drivers to slow down, respect the speed limits and be prepared to stop for buses and children. Parents are also encouraged to speak to their children about road safety. Staying alert and slowing down, especially around schools, is the best way to make sure children get where they’re going safely.



Great cities aren’t created by accident. They are built by residents setting the foundations and direction on where and how growth should happen. Have your say on three potential growth scenarios by taking part in the virtual WORKSHOP SERIES or by completing an ONLINE SURVEY. By taking part, you can enter to win a gift card to the eatery of your choice. Surveys close September 20.


Have your say with two new surveys - Foundations & Scenarios. Complete the surveys before September 20 and be entered to win a gift card to the eatery of your choice.



Participate in a lively, interactive discussion about the future of our city. There are four online Our City, Our Choices Scenarios Workshops this month. Hopefully one works for you!



Will Your Commute Be Affected This Week?

Up-to-date information on City construction projects:

  • Metral Drive is still an active construction site, so please expect delays and account for extra time when navigating the area. All businesses remain open and accessible, but commuters are asked to use alternate routes whenever possible.
  • Road work and utility upgrades are underway on Lost Lake Road between Tanya Drive and Blue Jay Trail. Commuters can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternative routes whenever possible.
  • Watermain upgrades are underway on Estevan Road between Poplar Street and Drake Street. During construction hours from Monday to Thursdays this road will be closed to traffic with the exception of buses and local residents. Detours will be in place and commuters are asked to plan their travel accordingly and account for extra time when navigating the area.
  • Tenth Street between Lawlor Rd and Junction Ave will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm from August 30 to September 18 to install a concrete box culvert. Expect minor delays.
  • Hammond Bay Road (between Chinook Road and Planta Road) will be single-lane, alternating traffic between 7am and 5pm from September 7 to 15, 2021. Normal traffic will be restored after work hours and on weekends.


Work With Us!

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


Meetings This Week

Thursday, September 9: Design Advisory Panel Meeting at 5:00 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. 


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