By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, all events and social gatherings are suspended to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel.
Masks are mandatory 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. Those are:
• People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
• People who cannot remove a mask on their own
• Children under the age of 12
• People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to a hearing impairment
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. Read the details of the restrictions.
BC Provincial Health Officer orders have affected attendance at City of Powell River Committee and Council meetings.
While the orders are in place, members of the public are not allowed to attend Committee and Council meetings.
The City has taken measures to allow the public to continue to watch Committee and Council meetings on its live broadcasts and archives.
Delegations can still be booked for meetings and can be arranged through the Administration Department but will be limited to virtual presentations. For more information on delegation requests, please see Appear as a Delegation on the City’s website.
A phone number and links will be made available on meeting agendas and the live broadcast for the public to call in during the Question and Answer period of meetings to address Council and Committees.
For the Committee of the Whole, regular Council, Finance and other committee meetings schedules go here.
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. Masks are mandatory and physical distancing and sanitation measures are in place.
All other departments remain closed to the public.
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.
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.
For information and updates, visit Powell River Parks, Recreation and Culture.
OPEN: Willingdon Beach Campsite. 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.
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.
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 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: If they witness or receive information, Bylaw Enforcement Officers are providing education of Provincial Health Orders only. They do not enforce orders. If necessary, the officers will inform the RCMP or Vancouver Coastal Health of violations.
Animal Control: Bylaw officers will pick up dogs roaming without their owners and care for them until the owners can pick them up. All dogs must have a licence.
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.
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.
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