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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 22, 2020
Message From the Mayor

With the "new normal" starting to take shape, Qualicum Beach is seeing more and more
businesses re-open. The first steps will most likely be tentative, with shorter business
hours, and limited access. We do know however, that Qualicum Beach knows how to
support local, and that it is in the very fibre of what makes our Town so special. 

In fact, interwoven through the 2017 Quality of Life Survey and the 2018 Offiical
Community Plan is the residents' commitment to supporting local businesses. The Quality
of Life Survey says that "With respect to goals for the 'Village Neighbourhood', support for
small businesses is the highest priority". 

This Council is committed to continue to partner with local businesses to help recover
from COVID-19, and in the recent May 13 Council Meeting, a motion was passed for staff
to work with the Chamber of Commerce to explore ways to utilize sidewalk spaces and
parking areas to help support local businesses during the COVID19 pandemic. 

This initiative will allow businesses to enter into a License of Occupation at nominal rates,
and utilize sidewalks and parking areas for outdoor seating, display or retail areas until
December 31. 

We look forward to the next steps, and feel confident that together we can navigate our
way back to a healthy and economically vibrant community! We Are All in This Together. 

Mayor Brian Wiese

Re-Opening of Town Sports Facilities

The Town of Qualicum Beach Town Hall has been closed to the public since mid-March
and staff have been providing assistance by phone and email. Most of the Town's
functions have remained consistent during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all staff have
continued to be employed in their various capacities. 

What is Re-Opening 
The Town has been working with the different provincial organizations to safely re-open
facilities that were closed to avoid the spread of COVID-19. 

The following facilities will reopen on May 22 for casual use only: 
  • Tennis courts 
  • Skateboard park 
Guidelines for Using Facilities 
  • In accordance with provincial guidance: 
  • Play singles tennis. 
  • Double play is for those in your same household only. 
  • There is no organized team play, training camps or competitive tournaments
    permitted at this time. 
  • Review and obey any posted signage prior to starting activities. 
  • Practice physical distancing, wash and sanitize hands often and be mindful of
    others around you. 
  • Users must keep gatherings small with no congregating. 
  • When using the sports courts, keep in mind: 
    • Courts are for casual play only, not organized teams. 
    • Clearly mark equipment and refrain from touching other people's items.
    • Do not share racquets, water bottles or any other sports equipment. 
    • Each player should carry their own hand sanitizer for use during their activity. 
Status on Other Facilities Re-Opening 
When it is safe to do so, we will reopen amenities as soon as possible, and will post updates on the Town's website and via social media. 

For now, the following public facilities remain closed at this time, and we are working toward a phased re-opening for the following: 
  • Town Hall offices (closed to the public, but open for business) 
  • Civic Centre Community Hall 
  • Leigh House Washrooms 
  • Public showers on the waterfront BMX Track 
Rebound for Businesses

Rebound Oceanside has designed a program to assist businesses through the COVID-19
crisis and minimize the negative impacts of an economic shut down. 

The Business Recovery Program has been created for businesses and not-for-profits in
the Parksville/Qualicum Beach /School District 69 region. This program is funded by the
Province of British Columbia and WorkBC. Oceanside Initiatives is working in partnership
with the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce, the Parksville Qualicum
Beach Tourism Association, Parksville Downtown Business Association, and the
Lighthouse Country Business Association to manage and coordinate the program. 

Supporting Local

The Parksville and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce have launched the Support
Local initiative to encourage the community to support the businesses in the area first
before looking elsewhere. 

Below are some great links to help support local: 
  • Supporting Oceanside Businesses - a tool for all local businesses to outline their
    current services being offered. Created by the Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Open During COVID-19 - a directory of businesses that are open during COVID19. Created by the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Tourism Association. 
  • Supporting Local Restaurants - a helpful quick find directory showing where you
    can eat during COVID-19. Created by Oceansidetakeout.ca 

Public Consultation During COVID-19 Pandemic


Over the last weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic brought many parts of our personal and
professional lives to an abrupt halt. On behalf of the Town, and the Planning department,
we sincerely hope that both you and your families are able to stay safe and healthy during
these challenging times. 

Working with you, the community, and understanding your perspective is a vital part of our
work. Many aspects of community planning benefit from your input - from long-term
visioning and comprehensive planning, to reviewing and commenting on specific
proposals and development applications. For this reason, we are exploring all possible
alternatives to continue effective communication and consultation, while also keeping you

We do not know what the future holds in terms of physical distancing, but it will likely be
some time before the Town is able to convene large consultation meetings in person
again. So, we are exploring different ways to keep communication open between the
public and the Planning department. 

Here is a link to a short survey to help us understand how you would like to communicate
with the Planning department. Please respond by June 12, 2020. Feel free to forward
this to your friends and neighbours: