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LINK TO PDFNew Governance Structure for EMO (with a thank you!) The emergency programs for the - read more
On May 25, the province laid out a four-step reopening plan that could see us slowly return to norma - read more
With the long weekend just ahead of us, we are reminded to follow public health advice to stay in ou - read more
Most British Columbians are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following public heal - read more
COVID-19 UpdateOur weather in Oceanside this past week has been quite spectacular, providing a - read more
The past year has been a reminder about how important personal preparedness can be and that being pr - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
LINK TO PDFWe wish to remind our residents province-wide restrictions remain in place until further - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
Virtual Emergency Preparedness Workshop - March 4Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility t - read more
February 11, 2021Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being - read more
Welcome to 2021! We look forward to continuing to share great emergency preparedness information wit - read more
The pandemic has changed so much about the way we live and work and for Parksville and Qualicum Beac - read more
December 15, 2020Home for the HolidaysThank you for doing your part to keep us all safe. 2020 has be - read more
The actions we take help keep our businesses and schools open and our community and health care serv - read more
November 20, 2020As announced yesterday, by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, al - read more
Since late summer, COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in the number of active cases and peopl - read more
At yesterdays briefing, the provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Hendry, announced a substan - read more
We wish for our residents to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this year. We are passing along some sug - read more
We are adapting to living and working in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while we ar - read more
We hope your summer was enjoyable with pleasant outside time and opportunities to connect with frien - read more
We take COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and continue to follow the direction of the Provincial Heal - read more
The City is now accepting special event bookings with new procedures in place to ensure users take t - read more
The City will reopen facilities to organized recreational sports groups on June 26 with new procedur - read more
As our weather improves (we can hope) and with the easing of our isolation, we are able to get outsi - read more
June 12, 2020Re-Opening of FacilitiesThe Town continues to concentrate on the essential services our - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon while exercising cauti - read more
June 8, 2020Both the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach have resumed limited front counte - read more
June 5, 2020Gradual Re-Opening of ServicesFollowing the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon and we will continue t - read more
The City of Parksville will reopen the playgrounds in Foster Park and Shelly Creek Park on Friday, J - read more
City Announces Reopening PlanThe City of Parksville has announced plans to restore amenities and ser - read more
June 1, 2020Local businesses are developing reopening plans and are excited to welcome back shoppers - read more
As we look forward to the summer and the gradual re-opening of the Province, we would like to take a - read more
Gradual Return of City ServicesThe City is focusing on the essential services our residents rely upo - read more
The City of Parksville takes COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and follows the direction of the Provi - read more
Message From the MayorWith the "new normal" starting to take shape, Qualicum Beach is seeing more an - read more
May 22. 2020This week many businesses reopened to a new normal and at this time, our governments are - read more
May 21, 2020The City of Parksville is working to safely reopen facilities that were closed to avoid - read more
May 15, 2020BC's Restart PlanThe BC Restart Plan was recently announced, and outlines the gradual ea - read more
May 15, 2020Please stay safe this Victoria Day long weekend. Stay close to home; continue to keep yo - read more
May 14, 2020When Premier Horgan announced BC's Restart Plan last week, he emphasized, "this is not a - read more
May 7, 2020On May 6, Premier John Horgan's announced the BC Restart Plan, a strategy to slowly ease - read more
Staying Well in Uncertain TimesThis week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Me - read more
Message from Council So, how are we coping with COVID-19? As with the weather, we watch daily t - read more
April 30, 2020Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with making a plan and b - read more
May 1, 2020Our sincere thanks to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-line wor - read more
We offer our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-li - read more
April 23, 2020Dr Bonnie Henry's words continue to provide comfort, "All of us need to do our part an - read more
Message from Parksville MayorIt is heartwarming to see our residents coming together to help stop th - read more
April 22, 2020Protection and enhancement of the water supply, a priority for the City of Parksville - read more
Message from the MayorAs we enter our fifth week in this COVID-19 pandemic I want to express my extr - read more
April 20, 2020It is heartwarming to see Parksville residents coming together to help stop the spread - read more
Lets keep the effort going to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The message is the same, - read more
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department would love to help you celebrate a milestone memory such as - read more
April 15, 2020The City of Parksville continues to ask residents to comply with provincial health ord - read more
April 9, 2020We must continue to do our part while doing our best to support and care for those arou - read more
Council would like to wish you a safe and happy Easter! April 9, 2020We know that these are unu - read more
MESSAGE FROM PARKSVILLE COUNCILIt is unlikely we will return to normal any time soon as we may be in - read more
Message from the MayorAs the weather starts to warm up and the Easter weekend approaches, we automat - read more
On March 25, the Bylaw Enforcement COVID-19 Order came into effect through the office of the Ministe - read more
April 2, 2020On March 12, the City announced that Council meetings are no longer open to attendance - read more
April 2, 2020We all must be 100% committed to doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and to do - read more
April 1, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our country, the Citys focus is on prev - read more
March 30, 2020The City of Parksville is working to share information and operational updates as we c - read more
March 27, 2020A Time to Stay PositiveDuring so much change, one message is ringing out. Stay calm, s - read more
March 27, 2020 The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach wor - read more
March 25, 2020 This message is an update for Parksville residents about the COVID 19 pandemic. - read more
March 24, 2020At no greater times than these do we appreciate our front line workers! A huge call ou - read more
March 23, 2020As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, our community is feeling - read more
March 20, 2020As of today, March 20, 2020, we have confirmation that the number of cases of COVID-19 - read more
March 23, 2020Further to our release on March 20 that advised the closure of all playgrounds in the - read more
March 20, 2020Effective immediately and until further notice, all playgrounds in the City of Parksvi - read more
March 19, 2020We wish to assure our residents the City of Parksville continues to respond to the gui - read more
March 17, 2020 The Province of British Columbia and Vancouver Island Health affirm that the ris - read more
March 16,2020On behalf of the Town of Qualicum Beach Council, I want assure you that we understand a - read more
March 6, 2020Recent news stories indicate that the Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is continuing - read more
March 17, 2020We recognize there is a tremendous amount of information about COVID-19, including com - read more
March 16, 2020Immediate Closure of City of Parksville OfficesThe City is taking COVID-19 seriously a - read more
March 16, 2020At the request of Mayor Ed Mayne, the following information is being distributed on be - read more
March 12, 2020The City of Parksville is monitoring and responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation - read more
News Release - March 11, 2020On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global h - read more
News Release - February, 27, 2020Recent stories from national and international news media indicate - read more

EMO What's New

COVID-19 Update - Qualicum Beach
Posted: May 4, 2020
Message from Council 

So, how are we coping with COVID-19? As with the weather, we watch daily to see which
way it will go. We hear positive reports of flattening the curve, and hints of re-opening
some services. We also hear however, that we still have a ways to go before being back
to full operation. 

Likewise, Council is watching very closely to see which direction to take. We are closely
following advice given by the province, and like you, look forward to the next steps of
safely moving back to normal. 

Talking of weather, we are pleased to be encouraged to go out into this beautiful Spring
season. Bonnie Henry says "Please, go outside. Go outside with your family, but stay
away, keep your distance. Smile, talk to your neighbour, wave to them, be supportive of
each other, but do it in a way that maintains that distance." 

We are also encouraged by the way our community is rallying around local businesses.
Now more than ever do they need our support. The Canadian Federation of Independent
Business reports that only 21 per cent of small businesses in Canada are fully open due to
the COVID-19 global pandemic, and 50 per cent have reported that they are unsure if their
business will survive. 

We have heard encouraging stories of many businesses operating in new and innovate
ways while keeping the community safe! Thank you to businesses for pushing through,
and thank you to residents for supporting them! Read below on how to Support Local!

Support Local

We are proud of the many businesses that have quickly, creatively and safely adjusted to
provide services to our residents during COVID-19. Thank you!
Now let's show our thanks by supporting them whenever possible!
Buy Gift Cards - By buying gift cards now you can help a business stay afloat by providing immediate cash
flow to help pay expenses and keep losses lower. 

Support Local Restaurants - 'Take out Thursday' is one way to show support for local restaurants. But this works
during the rest of the week too. This way we can support multiple restaurants during the

Shop Local Online - Many local retailers have their products available for purchase online and are offering
curbside pick-up or delivery. Give them a call to find out how you can buy online. 

Reschedule, Don't Cancel - 
Instead of cancelling your upcoming appointments (painting, insulation installs, etc.), let
businesses know you intend on using them in the future. And, if you can, continue to pay
your dog walker, house cleaner or anyone who depends on regular income for you. Or
likewise, pay someone to mow your lawn or wash your windows to help support them during this time.

Share Experiences on Social Media - With so many on social media now, giving a shout out or tagging a local business
encourages others to buy local too. 

Property Taxes 

The due date for property taxes will remain
July 2, 2020. Penalties have been adjusted
as follows:
No penalties will be applied to
payments and/or homeowner grants
received by October 1.
Payments received between October
2 and December 1 will be subject to
a 1% penalty
Payments and grants received after
December 1 will be subject to a
further 9% penalty. A 10% total
penalty is required by provincial
legislation. Stay tuned for more
details on payment options. 

Drive By Supporting Essential Workers

 A surprise drive-by from first responders this Wednesday left many smiling, and others
getting a fright - wondering what emergency warranted 20 vehicles with sirens ablaze!
This essential workers drive-by moves around the district from week to week to show
support for the essential workers in each community. These drive-bys are not advertised
to avoid large gatherings occurring. Each of the locations are informed the morning of the
drive by. This was the fifth week with past locations being Nanoose and Parksville. 

Click here to see the video!

Emergency Preparedness Week - May 3-9 

Emergency Preparedness Week is to raise awareness and offer information to help
prepare businesses, individuals and families for the possibility of an emergency. 

The past few weeks have reminded us just how important personal preparedness can be,
and as we have learned, being prepared and having a plan is critical!
Go to Emergency Management Oceanside website for full details.

Canadian Blood Services 

The Civic Centre will open for one day only to allow The Canadian Blood Services to
operate a COVID-19 friendly collection next week.
The Service says they are "thrilled to be completely booked up and won't be taking any
walk-ins. They wanted to pass on their thanks to all those that donate life-giving blood.
And likewise, the Town would like to thank The Canadian Blood Services for their front line
work, providing this essential service.
To learn about becoming a donor visit www.blood.ca/en/blood/am-i-eligible. 

2020 Special Events Cancelled 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on summer special events in
Qualicum Beach; however, we are looking forward to making 2021 bigger and better than
Here is a list of newly cancelled events:
  • 2020 Qualicum Beach Triathlon has been cancelled. 
  • Seaside Cruizers Father's Day Show and Shine will not take place in June; further
    details to be announced. 
  • Beach Day has been cancelled until next year, with a new tentative date of July 25,
    Go to our website here to see the full list of cancelled events.
Go to our website here to see the full list of cancelled events.

Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw 

Council adopted a new Revenue
Anticipation Borrowing bylaw at their April
22, 2020 regular meeting. 

A revenue anticipation borrowing bylaw is a
tool available for local governments that
allows municipalities to borrow money for a
short term to continue municipal operations
while waiting for anticipated revenue (eg.
property taxes) to be received.
Read more on our website

Good News Stories 

Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club Re-Opening 
The Town of Qualicum Beach is pleased to support the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf
Club on their re opening to members only on Monday, May 4. Please visit the club's
website for more information at www.golfqualicum.ca. "Be kind. Have fun. Stay 2-meters

Snowbirds Operation Inspiration 
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are getting ready to take to the skies once again. The
planes will fly across Canada starting this weekend in Nova Scotia to pay tribute to those
trying to flatten the curve of COVID-19. "As we watch the Snowbirds fly over our homes,
let's remember we are all in this together," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on
Wednesday (April 29).
The flyovers, dubbed Operation Inspiration, will feature the team's signature nine-plane
formation with planes trailing white smoke behind them. The schedule will be released
day-by-day on social media and each flyover will be no less than 500 feet above any