The City of Powell River has implemented measures and taken actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Government of BC, Vancouver Coastal Health and Government of Canada.
With restrictions and closures slowly being lifted, the City is closely monitoring the provinces Restart BC strategy. News, updates, and any changes to the City’s responses and actions are posted here and on the City's Facebook page and Twitter feed. See the links at the bottom of the page for COVID-19 information from government, health authorities and other support agencies.
The City will return to the Committee of the Whole and regular Council meeting schedule beginning Thursday, July 2 with the regular meeting at 7 pm. Committee of the Whole meetings begin on Tuesday, July 14 at 3:30 pm in Council Chambers. The meetings are held in the new Council Chambers in the old library space at City Hall. All meetings remain open to the public but are held in compliance with the Provincial Health Officer’s physical distancing parameters. The city recommends following the meetings via the live stream service available on its website powellriver.ca.
City Hall : City Hall will reopen for 2020 Property Tax payments on Monday, June 1, 2020 with physical distancing in place.
Appointments for other City business can be made by calling 604-485-6291 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closed until further notice :
Public Works yard
Other facilities :
Powell River Public Library is now offering a Library Takeout Service.
Powell River Historic Museum and Archives Closed until further notice.
Garbage tags - The City of Powell River will return to garbage tags for each bag on Monday, June 15. The required tags cost $2 per bag and are for sale at:
Mitchell Brothers Merchants Ltd
Shoppers Drug Mart
Top of the Hill Grocery and Gas Bar
Townsite Grocery Store
No tags are required for recycling.
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.
Garbage containers should be placed at curbside in a visible location. 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 left at curbside, tagged as overweight and rejected.
Households should have their garbage materials out at the curbside in an animal resistant container by 7:30 am because collection times can vary.
Garbage and recycling schedules remain unchanged for now. Homeowners are advised to place garbage curbside by 7:30 a.m. and to subscribe to the Curbside program, the city’s digital service that sends schedule reminders and recycling guides via email, text and phone.
The curbside compost pilot project involving 400 homes in the city is suspended due to an increase in garbage collection during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The bins can be used to store garbage and rolled to the curb for curbside garbage collection.
Recycling Town Centre Recycling Depot has returned to regular hours. 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.
qathet Regional District All qathet Regional District rural depots remain open, but only one person is allowed in the depot at a time. Staff will monitor from outside and will not handle any waste. To avoid lines, City residents are encouraged to use curbside recycling and to only recycle when absolutely necessary. The Lasqueti Island Free store will close until further notice. Please store donations at home at this time. Recycling depots have suspended all secondary collections including egg cartons for farmers, jars for reuse and garbage bags. Compost programs are no longer accepting tissues or paper containing human fluids.
All mainland qathet Regional District (qRD) recycling depots are collecting deposit containers. There is no fee for this service. In order to ensure health and safety measures are followed, staff will determine if they are able to safely collect deposit containers in a way that requires no handling. Currently, Texada Island depots are not collecting deposit containers. Residents are strongly encouraged to hold on to all clean refundables until collection can resume. There have been changes in the Sunset Coast Bottle Depot operating hours. Visit Sunset Coast Bottle Depot’s website.
Augusta Recycling Depot Only the Recycling Depot has closed until further notice. All other services and operations including garbage and yard and garden waste disposal are open. Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information. Garbage needs to be bagged (no loose items). Credit & debit cards accepted ONLY- no cash accepted. No buying of scrap metal but free drop off ok.
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.
On June 1, 2020, BC Transit will be enhancing safety measures for our provincial transit systems that will allow for a return to front door loading and collection of fares in all BC Transit communities. With the change, fares will be collected on conventional, community, and handyDART services.
Beginning mid-June, the co-ed slo-pitch league and registered outdoor adult fitness programs will be open.
Monday, July 6: Registration for weekly summer Camps for children 6 – 12, will open. Registration for summer camps and outdoor fitness classes begins Monday, June 8 at 8 am. Registration by phone is Monday – Friday from 8 am - 4 pm.
All summer camps and outdoor fitness classes are being offered on a registered basis only. Daily drop-in’s will not be allowed. This is to ensure that sizes of classes and camps are controlled and maintained throughout for public safety.
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.
The city continues to review the criteria necessary to reopen the Recreation Complex and will inform residents when it is ready to proceed and under what conditions.
Monday, July 6: Weight room will reopen. Registration is now open. 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 email@example.com or call (604) 485-2891.
Camping Reservations for June are open. Campers wanting to book for July and August can put their names on a wait list. When all previously booked campsites are confirmed for July and August, each reservation request will be contacted in order. Visit the Willingdon Beach Campsite website for more.
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.
Restrictions on the use of playground equipment are lifted. The public is urged to follow the physical distancing and handwashing recommendations provided on signage that will be posted.
Willingdon Beach Trail
Millennium Park Trail
DA Evans Park
Larry Gouthro Park
Grief Point Park
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; and Staying home if sick or exhibiting symptoms.
We also strongly recommend:
Walking single-file and/or stepping off the trail when passing people; and
Warning other trail users of your presence when passing from behind, particularly if cycling.
Please remind your children to physically distance when in public.
Following the Provincial Health Officer’s directive that large gatherings of people will have to cancelled, the following events and festivals scheduled for Powell River have been cancelled.
BC Bike Race
Powell River International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA)
International Choral Kathaumixw
Powell River Logger Sports
Blackberry Festival and street party
Art in the Park
Sunshine Music Festival
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Building Permit application forms may be downloaded from https://powellriver.ca/pages/building-permit-application-forms .
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.
Powell River RCMP: Front door access to the detachment is closed. Anyone wanting to contact the detachment can do so by calling the non-emergency line at (604) 485-6255 or in an emergency by dialling 9-1-1. RCMP will continue to provide policing services to the community and will respond to all emergency calls and crimes in progress. Non-emergency calls will be followed up with via a phone call.
Fire Rescue: Ban on backyard burning in effect. There are no beach fires or campfires, except for Willingdon Beach Campsite, allowed within city limits. No changes to emergency response. Call 9-1-1 in the event of a fire or emergency. For non-emergencies or backyard burning ban violations, call Fire Rescue at (604) 485-4431. The department is taking measures to limit administrative procedures and public engagement.
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 needfor 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.
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.
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.
Parks and campsites reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020
For News and Updates, visit: BC Parks