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COVID-19 Information

The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is following the guidance of the Federal and Provincial governments and Island Health.

Municipal Facilities & Services

The District continues to deliver municipal services by phone and email where possible.

Municipal hall is open for people paying property taxes and utility bills only. If you can, please pay online through your bank. Only come to the hall as a last resort and follow the signs and markings for physical distancing.

For permits, licences, building inspections and other municipal business, please call 250-656-0781.

Administrative Services at the Wain Road Fire Hall (986 Wain Road) remain closed.

Parks & Trails

All District parks, trails and facilities are open for public use, including pickleball, tennis courts and playgrounds. Please follow the signs for safe use of facilities and equipment. Visit the Parks & Recreation page to find out more.

Reminder: Bring water for your pets. The water has been turned off at Cy Hampson Park.

Messages from Council

Good Neighbours

Please help your community by practising social distancing. Limit activities outside your home, connect with people virtually and keep 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and others when in public.

If you can do so safely, please check-in with your neighbours to see if they need assistance.

Backyard Burning

Outdoor burning, including campfires, is banned in North Saanich until further notice. The Ministry of Environment restricted open burning in high smoke sensitivity zones, including all of North Saanich. Read the Ministry’s media release.

Financial Response

The District has made the following adjustments to ease the financial burden:

  • the overall 2020 tax increase has been reduced 1.44% (from 2.88%):
    • 1.65% for residential, cut the tax increase in half to an average of $21
    • 0.95% for business, reduce the tax increase to an average of $175
  • the $50 water infrastructure replacement tax increase was deferred to 2021, lowering the tax increase for an average residence to $41
  • utility fee late payment penalties are being waived for the February 24, 2020 billing cycle
  • the utility bill payment deadline of the June billing has been extended to September 30, 2020 (from July 31, 2020)
  • While the deadline of July 2, 2020 for paying property taxes has not changed, we are providing additional time for payment before incurring penalties:
    • Residential: August 1, 2020 before a 3% penalty is applied. An additional penalty of 7% will be applied to unpaid balances on October 1, 2020.
    • Commercial, classes 4 thru 8: the penalty date has been extended to October 1, 2020, at which time a 10% penalty will be applied

Council and Committee Meetings

Public access to Municipal Hall is not permitted at this time. Meetings will be recorded and broadcast live. The archived video will be posted by noon the following day of the meeting. View meeting schedule, agenda, minutes and videos at northsaanich.ca/council-meetings

Written submissions received by Wednesday prior to the meeting are included in Council and Committee of the Whole agenda packages. Late items received by noon on the day of the meeting are presented to Council for consideration at the meeting ONLY if they are in response to an agenda item or are time sensitive.  All other late items will be placed on a future Council meeting agenda.

Questions and Contacts:

Help keep sewers clear

Please do not flush sanitizer wipes, paper towels or baby wipes down the toilet. These non-flushable items can block sewers and impact sewer station functions.

Help stop the spread

Residents are reminded and encouraged to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands
  • regular cleaning of high touch surfaces and personal workspaces
  • maintain social distancing (2 metres apart)
  • stay home if you are sick

Coordination

The District is working closely with the Town of Sidney, District of Central Saanich and other regional local governments to coordinate the delivery of local municipal and emergency services. We are also in daily communication with Island Health, Emergency Management BC and the Province.

COVID-19 Resources:

  • BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
  • For medical questions, call 8-1-1 (7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing)
  • For non-medical info, call 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300
  • Register with Safe Seniors, Strong Communities: call 211 or visit bc211.ca for seniors in need or those who are able to provide support to seniors

BC Centre for Disease Control
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Government of Canada Diseases and Conditions
www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Government of Canada Public Health
www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

World Health Organization
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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