2016 Archives

​(December 22, North Cowichan, BC) – North Cowichan Council, in partnership with the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC, has taken a step forward on two innovative, affordable housing initiatives for the community.In July 2016, Council agreed to e... More...
Date of Release: Dec 22, 2016


​​Please use caution on the icy roads this morning.With the rain overnigh​t and then freezing temperatures, many of the roads are icy this morning. North Cowichan’s salt and sand trucks are all currently in operation, and roads are done on a priority... More...
Date of Release: Dec 19, 2016


With fluctuations in temperature, residents are strongly urged to stay away from lakes and ponds that may appear to be frozen. While water bodies may look like they are frozen, it's extremely dangerous, and even life threatening, to ve... More...
Date of Release: Dec 16, 2016


​The North Cowichan Municipal Hall will be closed to the public between the upcoming statutory holidays. The schedule is as follows:Friday, December 23: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.​​CLOSED: Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2Th... More...
Date of Release: Dec 15, 2016


Council faced a full agenda on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, finishing up after more than five hours of deliberation. The meeting began with a delegation from the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. Peggy Grigor explained their desire to see an ar... More...
Date of Release: Dec 13, 2016


​North Cowichan Municipal Council is currently looking for volunteers to serve on the Environmental Advisory Committee.The Environmental Advisory Committee advises Council on ways to oversee and implement North Cowichan’s Climate Action and Energy Pl... More...
Date of Release: Dec 13, 2016


​The City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan are conducting an Amalgamation Study. A Citizens’ Assembly will be created to review the issue and make a recommendation to both Councils. The Citizens’ Assembly will consist of 36 rando... More...
Date of Release: Dec 07, 2016


​The Director of Development Services gives notice that the North Cowichan Council will consider issuance of three (3) Development Variance Permits during its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipa... More...
Date of Release: Dec 05, 2016


UPDATED December 6, 2016**Due to inclement weather expected next week, we are postponing this work.**Please be advised that the Maple Bay boat ramp will be unavailable for use between Monday, December 12, and Sunday, December 18, inclusive,... More...
Date of Release: Dec 02, 2016


As the winter snow season approaches, the Municipality of North Cowichan (MNC) will endeavour to ensure that all roadways are maintained and kept accessible to all residents throughout the year.  Roadways are cleared on a priority basis, accordi... More...
Date of Release: Dec 01, 2016


To the residents of Chemainus. On Thursday, December 1, some branch and tree removal will be undertaken on five trees located in Waterwheel Park.Following a risk assessment evaluation by an arborist, four trees will be having some remedial ... More...
Date of Release: Nov 25, 2016


​North Cowichan Council met for four hours on November 16. The first item considered was a proposed expansion to the X-treme Skate Park located behind the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, in partnership with the City of Duncan. The design, to be done in 2017... More...
Date of Release: Nov 21, 2016


​(November 16, 2016, North Cowichan, BC) – Did you know that the Municipality of North Cowichan has an Agricultural Advisory Committee that is made up of local farmers and producers? This Committee advises Council on ways to implement North Cowichan'... More...
Date of Release: Nov 16, 2016


​The four-hour Council Meeting on November 2, 2016, began with a Public Hearing to receive public input on a proposed rezoning of a property on Ryall Road that would permit two triplexes. Following the hearing, Council approved third reading of the B... More...
Date of Release: Nov 07, 2016


​The Council meeting of October 19, 2016, lasted for about 5 hours. As recommended by the Committee of the Whole on October 11, Council directed staff to provide a report on proposed amendments to the Official Community Plan, including changes to the... More...
Date of Release: Oct 24, 2016


​The Municipality of North Cowichan is advising the public of a blue-green algae bloom at Quamichan Lake near Art Mann Park. Lake visitors are advised to avoid areas near the visible blue-green sheen, which appears as surface scum on the lakes. Pet... More...
Date of Release: Oct 24, 2016


​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  UPDATE #4 (October 18, 2016, 12 p.m.) - Users of the Chemainus Water System are advised that the Boil Water Notification has been cancelled effective 12:00 p.m. on October 18, 2016. The water is now safe to dri... More...
Date of Release: Oct 18, 2016


​Under the Municipality of North Cowichan's Fire Protection Bylaw, open burning is ONLY permitted between March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15.Only burn when the BC Air Quality Venting Index is "GOOD".  Find the Venting I... More...
Date of Release: Oct 14, 2016


​The Chemainus Water System is supplied by two sources, the Chemainus River Wells water supply from October 15 to June 15, and from the Banon Creek surface water supply from June 15 to October 15. On Saturday, October 15, the water supply for th... More...
Date of Release: Oct 12, 2016


The Council Meeting on October 5 started at 1:30 and wrapped up at 7 p.m. The first delegation was Kathryn Swan urging Council to consider adopting a tree and sacred site protection bylaw. Council referred the recommendation to staff who are curr... More...
Date of Release: Oct 07, 2016


(October 4, 2016, North Cowichan, BC) – The Municipality of North Cowichan invites the community to participate in the Budget 2017 Town Hall Meetings. The meetings will include a presentation highlighting the current year's accomplishments, a brief o... More...
Date of Release: Oct 04, 2016


​Effective immediately - Water Conservation Measures Downgraded from Stage 2 to Stage 1.FOR ALL USERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH COWICHAN WATER SYSTEMS (Chemainus, Crofton and South End)Effective immediately, the Municipality has downgraded its Wat... More...
Date of Release: Sep 29, 2016


North Cowichan Council commenced its regular meeting on September 21 at 1:30 p.m.Amy Melmock, the new Economic Development Manager for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), appeared as a delegation. She gave an overview of the steps the C... More...
Date of Release: Sep 29, 2016


(September 26, 2016) – The Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan are pleased to announce that the Province of British Columbia has approved one-third funding (up to $47,000) to conduct an amalgamation study. This includes hiring a con... More...
Date of Release: Sep 26, 2016


​The Regular Council Meeting of September 7 was completed in an unusually brief three hours.First up, Inspector Ray Carfantan presented the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Quarterly Report. For the first time in quite a while, the detachment is approachin... More...
Date of Release: Sep 09, 2016


As of 10:00 a.m. on September 6, 2016, the Municipal Forest Reserve gates for Mt. Prevost, Mt. Sicker, and Grace Road have been opened. More...
Date of Release: Sep 06, 2016


There has been a cougar sighting in the Sherman, Casino, and Skinner Road areas. Residents should use caution when out walking, particularly with pets and small children. To report cougar sightings please call the conservation reporting line.Wildlife... More...
Date of Release: Sep 02, 2016


(August 31, 2016, North Cowichan, BC) – Being notified of local emergencies and critical incidents occurring in North Cowichan is now even easier with the Municipality’s newly upgraded eALERT service. This new service, delivered by ReCollect, is inte... More...
Date of Release: Aug 31, 2016


​UPDATED December 8, 2016** Construction is well under way on the Crofton Skate Park.  However, due to upcoming inclement weather forecasts, continuation of this work may be postponed until the New Year.** Crofton Skate Park construction wi... More...
Date of Release: Aug 30, 2016


​Users of the Chemainus Water System are advised that the Boil Water Notification has been cancelled effective 11:00 a.m. on August 22, 2016. The water is now safe to drink and use for all purposes.The water quality has returned to acceptable lev... More...
Date of Release: Aug 22, 2016


​The Council Meeting of August 17 featured a full agenda and lasted over 5 hours. A delegation of the Land Trust Alliance of BC asked Council to support a province-wide conservation tax incentive program for lands identified as worthy of conservation... More...
Date of Release: Aug 22, 2016


​ADVISORY UPDATE:  Island Health reports that it is safe to swim again at Kin Beach (Maple Street) in Chemainus.   Background: During periods of hot weather, Island Health tests water at public beaches to ensu... More...
Date of Release: Aug 19, 2016


​Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The principal purpose of the meeting is t... More...
Date of Release: Aug 18, 2016


​As per section 10(2) of the Fire Protection Bylaw and in addition to the present open burning ban, a campfire ban will be imposed for the Municipality of North Cowichan, effective at noon on August 17, 2016, until further notice. This ban also ... More...
Date of Release: Aug 17, 2016


Progress is being made on one of North Cowichan Council's key priorities.At its July 20, 2016 Regular Council meeting, Council voted to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC to explore non-market affo... More...
Date of Release: Aug 11, 2016


​Contamination of curbside recycling is an ongoing issue in many communities across BC. Recent recycling audits completed by Multi-Material BC (MMBC) indicate that contamination levels are increasing in North Cowichan. To avoid potential fines from M... More...
Date of Release: Jul 29, 2016


​On July 20, 2016, Council met for seven hours in its regular meeting to discuss a very full agenda. First off, the winners of this year's Friends of the Environment "Waste Wizard" Contest were announced.  The Municipality's Environmen... More...
Date of Release: Jul 27, 2016


The recent and forecasted warm and dry weather has increased the forest fire hazard. In order to protect the Municipal Forest Reserve, the Mount Prevost, Mount Sicker, and Grace Road forestry gates will be locked as of Thursday, July 28, 2016, until ... More...
Date of Release: Jul 27, 2016


​The Municipality of North Cowichan (MNC) submitted an application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) on March 31, 2015 to amend the existing BCEAO Certificate #W09-01 to be able to run the Chemainus Wells year round.Presently, operati... More...
Date of Release: Jul 22, 2016


ADVISORY UPDATE:  Island Health reports that it is safe to swim again at Malcolm Road Beach in Chemainus.   Background: During periods of hot weather, Island Health tests water at public beaches to ensure that th... More...
Date of Release: Jul 22, 2016


​A new skate park is coming soon to Crofton! The Municipality of North Cowichan is pleased to announce that Vancouver Island's Radius Construction has been selected to construct a new community skate park ... More...
Date of Release: Jul 20, 2016


​Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The purpose of the meeting is to meet with th... More...
Date of Release: Jul 05, 2016


July 5, 2016 - Duncan, British ColumbiaThe Municipality of North Cowichan, the City of Duncan, Cowichan Tribes, and Areas D and E of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) will be relocating the existing Joint Utility Board Sewage Treatment Pla... More...
Date of Release: Jul 05, 2016


The Municipality of North Cowichan has partnered with Encorp Pacific to provide recycling bins in several locations within our community. Recycling containers will be installed in the downtown cores of Chemainus and Crofton and at certain p... More...
Date of Release: Jun 27, 2016


North Cowichan Municipal Council invites public input on the subject of corporate sponsorship. Corporate sponsorship is a form of advertising in which companies pay to be associated with certain events or facilities. An example is the Island Savings ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 24, 2016


Public Advisory: Island Health reports that it is safe to swim again at Kin Beach in Chemainus, Maple Bay Beach, and Fuller Lake Park. During periods of hot weather, Island Health tests water at public beaches, and classifies them&... More...
Date of Release: Jun 24, 2016


​On June 15, North Cowichan Council held a marathon Council meeting that lasted nine hours. The meeting began with the presentation of the awards for the Value-added Woodworking Contest. Jared Popma, Lincoln Rae and Lucas Hols shared first prize for ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 21, 2016


​Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The principal purpose of the meeting is to ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 20, 2016


​On June 15 at approximately 8:30 a.m. a young bear was spotted on the trails behind the Fuller Lake Arena.If you see a bear:Stop and remain calmBack away slowlyLeave the immediate areaFor more information visit the Parks Canada website. ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 15, 2016


The gate for the Grace Road area has been reopened as of noon today.  Please note that the gate may be closed again due to hot, dry weather if or when required. More...
Date of Release: Jun 15, 2016


​The Chemainus Water System is supplied by two sources, the Chemainus River Wells water supply from October 15 to June 15, and from the Banon Creek surface water supply from June 15 to October 15. On Wednesday, June 15, the water supply for the ... More...
Date of Release: Jun 14, 2016


​Council dealt with a number of significant issues during a 5-hour Regular Council meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.Bylaw 3605, a proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw that would allow a neighbourhood commercial centre at Berkey's Corner, was up for adop... More...
Date of Release: Jun 08, 2016


The recent and forecasted warm and dry weather has increased the forest fire hazard. In order to protect the Municipal Forest Reserve, the Grace Road forestry gate will be locked as of Monday, June 6, 2016, until further noti... More...
Date of Release: Jun 06, 2016


​Notice is given that the North Cowichan Council will consider issuance of a Temporary Use Permit during its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans-Canada Highway.  Read the... More...
Date of Release: Jun 03, 2016


​UPDATED JUNE 2, 2016 - Temporary extreme water restrictions are now over for municipal water users in Crofton. The Municipality sincerely thanks Crofton residents for their patience and cooperation over the past three days. While the temporary extre... More...
Date of Release: Jun 02, 2016


​Until further notice, Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions will be in effect for Municipality of North Cowichan water systems (Chemainus, Crofton and South End) starting on Monday, June 6, 2016.Water Conservation and Water Use Restriction information is a... More...
Date of Release: Jun 01, 2016


​UPDATED May 31 - The Municipality of North Cowichan is advising the public of a blue-green algae bloom at both Quamichan Lake near Art Mann Park and Somenos Lake near the Drinkwater Boat Ramp. Lake visitors are advised to avoid areas near the visibl... More...
Date of Release: May 31, 2016


NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS2016 PROPERTY TAX NOTICESProperty tax notices have been mailed. If you have not received your 2016 tax notice, please contact the Municipal Hall at 250.746.3100. Payments must be received by 4:30 p.m. July 4, 2016, to avoid a l... More...
Date of Release: May 27, 2016


​The Somenos Dike Trail will be closed to the public between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. beginning on May 30, 2016, to allow cart path gravel surfacing to be completed. Portions of the trail will be re-opened as they are completed.Key benefi... More...
Date of Release: May 26, 2016


​North Cowichan Council met for three and a half hours on Wednesday, May 18, in a regular session.Alf Carter, President of the BC Forest Museum Society, appeared as a delegation to request support for the refurbishment of the Shay Locomotive to be us... More...
Date of Release: May 25, 2016


​Ever wondered what services are provided by your local government? Local Government Awareness Week, May 15-21, is dedicated to helping citizens get to know their local government and learn about the many programs and services it provides. ... More...
Date of Release: May 16, 2016


​As per section 10(2) of the Fire Protection Bylaw 2008, BYLAW NO. 3340, an open burning ban will be imposed for the entire Municipality of North Cowichan, effective at noon on May 13, 2016 until further notice.  This banincludes burning done or... More...
Date of Release: May 13, 2016


Council met for five hours on May 4 in its regular session. There were two Public Hearings to start the meeting:  one to allow for the creation of two small lots on Garner Street in Chemainus, and the other to consider allowing a carria... More...
Date of Release: May 09, 2016


​North Cowichan has constructed a temporary entrance to the CVRD Stoney Hill Regional Park. This park is for hiking only and the temporary trail has been flagged with blue ribbon to highlight the importance of staying on the trail.The temporary ... More...
Date of Release: May 06, 2016


​Limited logging is currently underway in Block P-805, located on the west side of Mount Prevost.The access through the logging area, Wolf Road, will be closed to public traffic between 6.5 km and 7km from 7:00am – 4:00pm, Monday to Frid... More...
Date of Release: Apr 27, 2016


​Council met for five hours on April 20 to deal with a very full agenda.Inspector Ray Carfantan presented the 1st Quarter's activities from the RCMP North Cowichan / Duncan Detachment. It was noted that the significant increase in calls for service i... More...
Date of Release: Apr 25, 2016


UPDATE: April 21, 2016 @ 4pmAs of 4:00pm today, the boil water advisory in Crofton has been lifted.North Cowichan has returned Crofton to the Cowichan River water supply and bacterial testing has confirmed compliance with safe drinking water ... More...
Date of Release: Apr 21, 2016


​Council met to deliberate on a number of interesting issues on April 6.Graham Bruce of the Island Corridor Foundation and Don McGregor of Southern Rail appeared as a joint delegation to give Council an update on their efforts to resume passenger rai... More...
Date of Release: Apr 12, 2016


​Transition Chemainus invites you to spend part of Earth Day (April 23) improving one of North Cowichan's wonderful parks!Join Transition Chemainus at Askew Creek Park from 1:00-4:00pm to work on removal of invasive ivy and creekside res... More...
Date of Release: Apr 05, 2016


On February 17, 2016, North Cowichan Council endorsed staff to start working on a high-level neighbourhood plan for the Bell McKinnon area.  The 2011 Official Community Plan places the Bell McKinnon area within the Urban Containment Boundar... More...
Date of Release: Mar 22, 2016


​North Cowichan has started implementing downtown revitalization activities in Crofton!Beginning mid-March and continuing on through the summer months, the following works will be undertaken: Queen Street between Joan Avenue and Chaplin... More...
Date of Release: Mar 22, 2016


​Council had a unusually light agenda for its meeting on March 16.Of interest was an amendment to the Waterworks Bylaw revising the watering restrictions. In response to concerns about having to water in the dark, permitted watering times during stag... More...
Date of Release: Mar 21, 2016


North Cowichan is a proud supporter of the 2016 Canadian census, which will take place in May!The census collects demographic information on every man, woman and child living in Canada. Information from the census is used by governments, businesses, ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 18, 2016


​North Cowichan Municipal Council is looking for volunteers to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Committee.The Agricultural Advisory Committee advises Council on ways to oversee and implement North Cowichan’s Strategic Agricultural Plan, as well as ... More...
Date of Release: Mar 16, 2016


​North Cowichan hosted a series of four town hall meetings in January 2016 to provide an overview of the draft 2016 Municipal budget and to seek community input on priorities for the coming year. In addition, we ran an informal online survey over Jan... More...
Date of Release: Mar 15, 2016


​Don't Burn If You Don't Have To!Under North Cowichan'sFire Protection Bylaw, backyard burning is permitted between March 15 to April 15. However, the Municipality encourages you to use burning alternatives such as composting or taking... More...
Date of Release: Mar 14, 2016


​Council met on March 2, 2016, for a Regular Council Meeting.Joanne Sales appeared on behalf of Broombusters as a delegation. She made a strong presentation on the need to control the spread of both broom and gorse, and that the most effective way to... More...
Date of Release: Mar 04, 2016


Notice is given that a Special Council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in the Council Chambers of North Cowichan Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, B.C. The principal purpose of the meeting is to h... More...
Date of Release: Mar 02, 2016


Interested members of the public are invited to two upcoming meetings on the zoning amendment bylaw that Council is considering regarding the proposed Berkey's Corner neighbourhood commercial development.1.  Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 4:00 ... More...
Date of Release: Feb 29, 2016


In consultation with Crofton residents, North Cowichan has selected 1537 Chaplin Street as the location for a new skate park. The public is now invited to review thedraft design for the skate park and provide any comments or questions to the Mun... More...
Date of Release: Feb 26, 2016


​A packed agenda resulted in a five-hour meeting for Council on February 17, 2016. The meeting began with a Public Hearing to receive input from the community regarding an application to rezone 6006 Lakes Road from R2 - Residential Restricted to R3 -... More...
Date of Release: Feb 19, 2016


​The Crofton boat ramp float will be unavailable for use on Monday, February 22 for repairs. More...
Date of Release: Feb 14, 2016


​The Regular Council meeting of February 3, 2016, took about 3 hours. The meeting began with two delegations. First up was the Chemainus Business Improvement Association requesting additional funding for the Chemainus Flower and Hanging Basket Pro... More...
Date of Release: Feb 10, 2016


North Cowichan will begin logging on Maple Mountain on February 10, 2016. The area, block M-630, is approximately 6 hectares in size and will take about 8 weeks to complete. The logging will be completed by Mount Sicker Lumber Ltd.... More...
Date of Release: Feb 09, 2016


With fluctuations in temperature, residents are strongly urged to stay away from lakes and ponds that may appear to be frozen. While water bodies may look like they are frozen, it’s extremely dangerous, and even life threatening, to ve... More...
Date of Release: Jan 13, 2016


Would you like to learn about how your tax dollars are spent? Are you curious about the projects being planned in your community for the coming year? Are you interested in how decisions are made about the budget?North Cowichan Council invites the com... More...
Date of Release: Jan 11, 2016


North Cowichan Municipal Council is looking for volunteers to serve on the following committees: • Community Planning Advisory Committee, • Environmental Advisory Committee, and • Chemainus Advisory Committee. The Community Plannin... More...
Date of Release: Jan 08, 2016