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City of Powell River COVID-19 Response

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NOTICE: November 19, 2020 - By order and direction of the Provincial Heath Officer, all individuals, places of work and businesses in BC must significantly reduce social interactions and travel. Read the details of the restrictions.

NOTICE: November 19, 2020 - Provincial Health Officer Mandatory Mask Order

Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces, including all City facilities – City Hall, Recreation Complex and Public Works Yard. People who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt.

The City of Powell River implements measures and actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following directives, orders and restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, Government of BC, Vancouver Coastal Health and Government of Canada.

News, updates and any changes to the City’s responses and actions are posted here and on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions not addressed on this page, please email info@powellriver.ca

> City of Powell River Council and other Scheduled Meetings

For the Committee of the Whole, regular Council, Finance and other committee meetings schedules go here. All meetings are open to the public and are held in compliance with the Provincial Health Officer’s physical distancing and sanitation recommendations. Residents are encouraged to follow the meetings via live stream.

> Facilities

OPEN: City Hall – The cashier counter is open to the public for finance business with the City, such as property tax payments, dog licenses, bus passes, etc. Physical distancing and sanitation measures are in place.

All other departments remain closed to the public.

For more information and to make appointments, call (604) 485-6292 or by email at info@powellriver.ca

CLOSED: Public Works yard

Other facilities :

  • OPEN: Powell River Public Library has reopened for browsing the collections, pick-ups and computers. Physically distancing and sanitation measures are in place.

  • OPEN: Powell River Historical Museum and Archives – Hours of operation, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Moving forward all visitors will be required to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit to the Museum. Visitors will be asked for contact information for contact tracing purposes.

Garbage tags - The City of Powell River requires $2 tags for each bag of garbage* and are for sale at:

• City Hall

• Quality Foods

• Mitchell Brothers Merchants Ltd

• Save-On Foods

• Shoppers Drug Mart

• Top of the Hill Grocery and Gas Bar

• Townsite Grocery Store

*No tags are required for recycling.

• Garbage containers should be placed at curbside in a visible location in an animal resistant container by 7:30 am because collection times can vary

• Containers should not be blocked by parked vehicles on the roadway so that the garbage trucks and the operators can have easy access to the garbage

• The maximum weight of a garbage bag is 12 kilograms, or 26.5 pounds. If garbage is overweight, it will be at the curb, tagged as overweight and rejected.

Sign-up for Curbside, the City’s digital service that allows homeowners to register for schedule reminders and recycling guides via emails, texts and phone calls.

CLOSED: Tla'amin Recycling Depot is closed until September 22, 2020 or until further notice Please bring recyclables to an alternate depot or store at home.

OPEN: Town Centre Recycling Depot Regular hours are 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Monday – Saturdays, excluding holidays. Please pre-sort your materials. One person is allowed on each side of the drop-off centre. Only volumes under 9 kilograms are allowed. Do not throw tissues or other materials that have had contact with human fluid in with the organic waste.

OPEN: Augusta Recycling Depot Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information.

Non-flushables: People are asked not to flush wet-wipes or any other product that is not toilet paper. Items such as cigarettes, cotton swaps, diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, facial tissues, cleaning wipes and condoms.

> BC Transit

Face coverings are mandatory on ALL BC Transit buses.

For more information on the Powell River and regional bus service, including schedules and routes, go here.

> Parks, Recreation and Culture

Recreation Programs & Memberships

For information and updates, visit Powell River Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Recreation Facilities

For information and updates, visit the Powell River Parks, Recreation and Culture website and follow on Facebook. Questions can be addressed to parksrec@powellriver.ca or call (604) 485-2891.

OPEN: Weight Room. Registration only. To ensure public safety, access to the weight room is on a reservation basis only to a maximum of 15 patrons at any given time in one-hour blocks, Monday - Friday. Reservations are accepted online or by phone at (604) 485-2891, on a first come, first served basis. Drop-in admission will not be allowed. Time slots can be reserved up to two weeks in advance, with a of maximum one slot per person, per day. The layout of the weight room has been modified and several new rules have been implemented with respect physical distancing, the safe interaction of participants, as well as environmental and personal hygiene. For more information, visit the Parks, Recreation and Culture website and follow the Department’s Facebook page. Questions can be addressed to parksrec@powellriver.ca or call (604) 485-2891.

CLOSED: The City will not be reopening the Aquatic Centre at this time. A plan to reopen the facility will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Willingdon Beach Campsite

OPEN: Willingdon Beach Campsite. Visit the Willingdon Beach Campsite website for more.

Parks, Trails, & Playgrounds

On the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, city parks and trails remain open to the public. Parks and trails in qathet Regional District and Tla’amin Nation also remain open.


OPEN: Restrictions on the use of playground equipment are lifted. The public is urged to follow the physical distancing and handwashing sanitizing guide provided on posted signage.

OPEN: All City parks and trails:

The city is closely monitoring parks and trails to ensure all users are:

• Staying at least two metres (six feet) away from others not from their household

• Walking in small groups of 2-3 and only with others from their household

• Staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms

We also strongly recommend:

• Walking single-file and/or stepping off the trail when passing people

• Warning other trail users of your presence when passing from behind, particularly if cycling

• Please remind your children to physically distance when in public.

> Planning Services

Building Permit Applications

The City continues to accept new building permit submissions by paper or digitally for all types of building permits (construction, demolition, plumbing, signs).

The application must be complete with all required information (completed application form; agent authorization; full drawings). Applications submitted in paper format may be placed through the drop slot located beside the front door of City Hall. The receipt of larger scale drawings that are unable to be conveyed in this matter are to be received as advised by department staff.

Payment for all applications will continue to be received either by credit card or cheque. Payment of security deposits will continue to be received by cheque.

Building Inspections

Inspection staff continue to carry out inspections. To ensure staff safety and appropriate social distancing we have implemented the following guidelines:

If Inspection staff do not feel safe conducting an inspection, then they are to postpone the inspection until adequate measures are put in place. They are to document this, and we will reschedule as appropriate.

For building permit applications inquiries, or to book an inspection, call 604-485-8614 or

email mhurrie@powellriver.ca . Building Permit application forms may be downloaded from https://powellriver.ca/pages/building-permit-application-forms .

Development Applications

The City continues to accept new development applications by paper or digitally for all types (development permits, variances, subdivisions, zoning amendments).

The application must be complete with all required information. An invoice will be issued for application fees missing from application packages.

For planning and development inquiries, call 604-485-8655 or email rpukesh@powellriver.ca. You can download planning application forms.

> RCMP, Fire Rescue & Bylaw Enforcement

Powell River RCMP: Front door access is open to the public, with restrictions. The door will remain locked as the lobby can only accommodate one person at a time, or multiple people if they are from the same household. Please, ring the doorbell at the front door and you will be let in when it is safe to do so. Although the detachment is open, the RCMP asks the public to call the detachment rather than attending, if at all possible. Criminal record checks and civilian fingerprinting are by appointment only by calling the non-emergency line at (604) 485-6255..

Fire Rescue: Ban on backyard burning in effect. There are no beach fires or campfires, except for Willingdon Beach Campsite, allowed within city limits. For non-emergencies or backyard burning ban violations, call Fire Rescue at (604) 485-4431. Call 9-1-1 in the event of a fire or emergency.

Bylaw Enforcement Officers: are assisting in enforcing Provincial Health Orders, such as the order to suspend dine-in restaurant and personal service businesses. Our bylaw officers regularly visit local parks and other community spaces to help remind our residents of the playground and sport court closures, as well as the important need​for physical distancing.

Animal Control: Bylaw officers will pick up dogs roaming without their owners and care for them until the owners can pick them up. We have purchased extra dog food just in case. If a dog does not have a licence, the city will issue one and expect the owner to pay at a later date. They will not be required to pay for the licence when they pick up their dog. The owner can call the City cashier for payment but is not expected to come into City Hall to pay immediately.

> Property Taxes

The city has several ways to pay property taxes that do not result in it being necessary for people coming into City hall. If that is not possible, Physical distancing and safety measures will be in place at City Hall for the protection of our citizens and employees.

> Regional Emergency Operations Centre ↗

Regional Emergency Operations Centre

> Government of BC ↗

Government of BC ↗

> Support for Business

Buy Local Powell River

Powell River Community Futures

BC Economic Development Association

Small Business BC

BC HYDRO COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options. Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills. Media Release: Small businesses can apply for bill relief from BC Hydro

FortisBC Customer Recovery Fund
Small businesses that have experienced income loss or been forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, can receive assistance from FortisBC.

Emergency Support for Regional Businesses
Urgent support for the region’s businesses affected by COVID-19 will soon be available through direct, one-on-one service delivery programs developed in collaboration with Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), Tourism Vancouver Island (TVI) and Innovation Island Technology Association (IITA). With funding from ICET, two response programs have been set up with regional partners to help the tourism sector and other enterprises with rapid recovery in the face of economic and operational challenges.

> Provincial and Regional Parks

Parks and campsites reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020

For News and Updates, visit: BC Parks

> Government of Canada ↗

Government of Canada ↗