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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

EMO Community Update - May 18
Posted: May 18, 2021
With the long weekend just ahead of us, we are reminded to follow public health advice to stay in our community and
avoid non-essential travel; we know this virus moves with people. We all wish we could press a pandemic pause button
and enjoy the May long weekend as we would normally; however, COVID-19 is still in our community. 

There is some good news: 
  • As of May 13, there were 153 active cases in the Island Health Region with 57 in the Central Island. 
  • Over the past seven-day reporting period to May 13, there was an average of 16 cases per day compared to an
    average of 23 cases for the previous seven days. 
  • 50% of Island Health's adult population has received their first dose of the vaccine. 
We sincerely hope you will enjoy a relaxing weekend, perhaps an opportunity to be outdoors. Staying active is one of
the best ways to relieve stress and support mental health. Whatever you do, please choose activities which allow for
physical distancing. Thank you for keeping us all safe and continuing to do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

These province-wide restrictions remain in place until midnight, May 25: 
  • Non-essential travel is prohibited. 
  • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is
  • Indoor low-intensity group exercise classes are cancelled. 
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and takeout or delivery is allowed. 
  • Workplaces with a COVID-19 exposure may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program 
Book that appointment!
At this time, everyone over 18 can now book their vaccine appointment. First step is to get registered then book that appointment! Every vaccinated person helps to protect our loved ones and our community.

If you have not yet registered and wish to receive the COVID vaccine, you are encouraged to register online. Your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment when eligible. Please refer to Island Health's website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment. immunizebc.ca/covid-19

Make sure you are registered to receive the second dose
If you received the first dose of the vaccine at an Island Health clinic prior to April 6 you must register at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca or by calling 1 833 838-2323 so you will be notified when it's time for the second dose.

Paid leave for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine 
The BC government introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act
to provide workers with up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of
COVID-19 vaccine. The amendments ensure no one will lose pay if they need time
away from work to get vaccinated. More info

NEXT STEPS: Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness 
We recently provided info about why neighbourhood emergency preparedness is so important. By way of a reminder,
you will:
  • NOT be alone in a time of disaster. 
  • Be better prepared to act quickly and appropriately in any situation. 
  • Be better informed on how to take care of yourself and loved ones until help arrives. 
  • Be able to identify and minimize existing hazards around your home and neighbourhood. 
  • Understand what items are recommended to store and how. 
  • Be prepared if you are required to evacuate your neighbourhood. 
  • Have a communication plan. 
  • Know where to get accurate information on the situation. 
  • Know who to go to in your neighbourhood for specific skills or resources. 
  • Have peace of mind and increase confidence in your resilience and self sufficiency. 

EMO emergency program coordinators are here to help with your neighbourhood planning...just an email or phone
call away. Below you will find the steps to develop and maintain an emergency preparedness team for your

Step 1 
  • Determine the size of the neighbourhood. 
  • Get to know your neighbours in that area. 
  • Distribute EMO meeting brochures with details filled in. 
  • Hold an information meeting. 
  • Designate Leaders. 
Step 2 
  • Map the neighbourhood including potential hazards, their potential effect on the area
    and alternate access. 
Step 3 
  • Map the neighbourhood including potential hazards, their potential effect on the area
    and alternate access. 
  • Encourage residents to become personally prepared and willing to share responsibility. 
  • Share the neighbourhood map. Survey residents for resources and skills.
Step 4 
  • Establish response units and provide unit-specific information with action checklists. 
Sept 5 
  • Hold a training drill at least once a year. 
Step 6 
  • Network with adjacent neighbourhoods and organizations. 
Step 7 
  • Hold an annual get-together and update information.
From the Town of Qualicum Beach 
Town Hall remains open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm (except statutory holidays). Town staff are available
via email or phone until 4 pm, Monday to Friday. While we are happy to help in person where needed, we encourage you
to conduct business remotely where possible. Masks are mandatory when visiting Town Hall. Contact is by any of the
following methods: 
  • Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
  • Phone 250 752-6921
  • Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
  • Mail Slot   Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain
From the City of Parksville 
City services support the community and protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff. To help prevent
the spread of COVID-19, the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is open to access the City's finance department
only. Finance is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm to accept property tax, utility and
tickets/licence fee payments and to purchase bus passes, dog licences and building permits. Please continue to access
our services electronically. All other City business is by appointment only and walk-in services are not available. Masks
are mandatory when at City Hall and COVID-19 resources are provided for our residents at Let's Talk Parksville.

For information, contact:
Rob Daman Emergency Program Coordinator Town of Qualicum Beach rdaman@qualicumbeach.com 
Aaron Dawson Emergency Program Coordinator City of Parksville adawson@parksville.ca
Deb Tardiff Manager of Communications City of Parksville dtardiff@parksville.ca