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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. 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.

View the North Saanich Workplace Safety Plan for COVID-19 (Jan 6, 2021).

Municipal Facilities & Services

Municipal Hall is open for payments only. All other services are being delivered by phone and email where possible. Please email admin@northsaanich.ca or call 250-656-0781 for assistance.

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.

How you can help

Be safe, help stop the spread: Please help your community by practicing social distancing, connecting with people virtually and keeping 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and others when in public. Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and always stay home if you are sick.

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

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.

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 during COVID-19

Council and Committee Meetings are continuing throughout the pandemic. Meetings are broadcast live and recorded. The recorded video will be posted by noon the following day of the meeting. The public can view meeting schedule, agenda, minutes and videos at northsaanich.ca/council-meetings.

Public participation: Due to COVID-19, there is limited access to the North Saanich municipal hall, which means that Public Participation at Council Meetings looks a bit different than it used to. Public participation, presenters, and delegations are able to present to Council through Zoom. Interested participants must register by noon on the day of the meeting. To register, please contact the District at admin@northsaanich.ca. You will be exited from the zoom call following the public participation portion of the meeting, at which time you can continue watching the live video of the meeting at northsaanich.ca/council-meetings.

Agenda deadline: Written submissions received by the 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.

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