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Current Fire Bans and Restrictions

Some open burns to be restricted in Coastal Fire Centre

 Effective at noon on Friday, May 18, 2018, Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District and the “Fog Zone”.

This prohibition will help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. It will remain in effect until Oct. 20, 2018, or until the public is otherwise notified. A map of the affected area is available online:

The Fog Zone is a two-kilometre strip of land along the outer coast of Vancouver Island, stretching from Owen Point (near Port Renfrew) north to the tip of Vancouver Island and around to the boundary of the District of Port Hardy. This strip extends inland two kilometres from the high-tide point. A map of the Fog Zone is available online:

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land unless specified otherwise, for example in a local government bylaw. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Specifically, the Category 2 prohibition applies to:

* the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide

* the burning of stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres

* the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description

* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire site and they must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire. They also must ensure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone lighting larger fires (Category 3 fires) or more than two fires of any size must comply with open burning regulations and must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. They must also check venting conditions before lighting a Category 3 fire. If venting conditions in the area are rated “poor” or “fair”, open burning is restricted. The venting index can be obtained by calling 1 888 281-2992 or visiting:

Anyone who lights, fuels or uses an open fire when a fire prohibition is in place or fails to comply with an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150 or, if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be subject to a penalty of up to $100,000 and ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST (1 888 336-7378) or visit:

You can follow the latest wildfire news on:


Media Contact:

Donna MacPherson
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Coastal Fire Centre
250 951-4209

Connect with the Province of B.C

CivicReady Mass Notification System

May 11, 2018

CVRD Launches New Mass Notification System

Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has launched its new CivicReady Mass Notification System in conjunction with Emergency Preparedness Week. The new, state of the art system will send messages about emergencies or routine events such as road closures to groups of subscribers throughout the Cowichan region via phone call, email, text and/or social media.

CivicReady allows registered subscribers to input an unlimited number of email addresses and phone numbers so subscribers can be reached anywhere at anytime.

All information collected from subscribers is securely maintained in Canada and adheres to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. CivicReady is separate from the federal Alert Ready system, which offers provincial level notifications in the event of a major disaster.

To subscribe to the CivicReady Mass Notification System visit

For more information, please contact: Sybille Sanderson      Emergency Program Coordinator, Public Safety Division   250.746.2560  or email:     ssanderson [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca

Affordable Housing Proposed Bylaw No. 4201- Public Feedback Needed

News Release from CVRD – May 10, 2018

CVRD Launches Affordable Housing PlaceSpeak Topic
BC – The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has launched a new PlaceSpeak topic aimed at spurring discussion around the issue of affordable housing in the Cowichan region.

The CVRD Board is considering Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 4201 to provide an annual financial contribution to the Cowichan Housing Association to assist with costs related to creating more affordable housing.

The proposed bylaw addresses the issue of affordable housing in the region by:

Creating a regional service to provide annual funding to the Cowichan Housing Association to assist with costs for programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan region;

Establishing a tax to raise $765,000 per year to be managed by the Cowichan Housing Association to leverage and attract funding from the federal and provincial governments to build affordable housing. This tax will be assessed through an annual property value tax of $4.58 per $100,000 of assessed value.

It’s important to note that of the total of $765,000 per year, $500,000 (65%) will go directly toward helping to get “bricks and mortar” projects underway. A further $138,000 (18%) is committed for programming to prevent housing loss, developing partnerships and research and data collection.

Over the coming weeks there will be several opportunities for the public to provide feedback on this topic, including during community open houses to be held at four locations in the region during the month of May:

  • May 16th Kerry Park Recreation Centre (Mill Bay) 4pm to 7pm
  • May 17th Eagles Hall (Ladysmith) 4pm to 7pm

May 22nd Island Savings Centre (Duncan) 4pm to 7pm

May 24th Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (Lake Cowichan)

For more information please visit

PlaceSpeak provides a single stop for residents to engage with the issues that directly impact their communities. Once a resident has signed up for PlaceSpeak, they will automatically be notified of new public consultations based on their chosen notification distance.

Visit to sign up for a free account. If you already have an account, go to to join the discussion.

For more information, please contact:

Bev Suderman  Senior Planner. Community Planning – 250-746-2607  or email: bsuderman [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca

Terri Mattin, Cowichan Housing Assoc. Executive Director 250-597-1376 ext. 104 or email: terri [dot] mattin [at] cowichanhousing [dot] com


Drought Smart – Stage 1 Water Restrictions

   Provincial drought conditions (East Vancouver Island) – Drought Level 1 – Normal
Stage 1 Water Restrictions in effect throughout Cowichan Region

Cowichan Valley is currently in Stage 1 Sprinkling Water Restrictions:

Stage 1

Stage 1 and Stage 2 sprinkling times are 7:00am – 9:00am or 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Sprinkling 2 hours maximum on odd or even dates. EVEN numbered houses on even dates; ODD numbered houses on odd dates.

Click here for Official Water Restrictions Chart –Water-Restrictions

Check out this CVRD link for further comprehensive: Drought Smart “Living the New Normal” Water Restrictions


Regional Recreation Update

Please read below a summary of results  gleaned from the Special CVRD Board Meeting held on April 27th, 2018.

All proposed  Regional Recreation options were presented by RC Strategies consultant.

A long question and public input period ensued that lasted until 1:30 pm.    Kahina Morisset and Lynne Smith spoke and advocated for Area G Saltair during the public Input session.   Directors of the Board were unable to  reach a consensus.

After a short lunch break the meeting reconvened and a resolution was reached.  The Regional Recreation Select Committee was dissolved and Regional Recreation was removed as a referendum item from the October 20th Election Ballot.

CVRD staff will prepare a report for the board –  ” Framework for a Sub-Regional Services Committee structure”.

CVRD will divide  areas into 4 sub-regions, North,  South, West and Central.

Saltair (Area G) will be part of the “North” committee and will be negotiating a new funding formula in support of Frank Jameson Centre  with Area H – Director Mary Marcotte and Ladysmith – Mayor Aaron Stone.  Saltair  presently pays $40,000 towards FJCC , but  will  definitely be seeing an increase that could be phased in over several years.

Community Centre Roofing Project Completed

Saltair  Society is pleased to announce the completion of the Saltair Centre roofing project.

Our Torch On roof consists of two layers of modified asphalt that are usually melted together by a torch – hence the name. This creates a roof that is resistant to ultraviolet light and a waterproof barrier, ideal for Vancouver Island’s wet and rainy climate.

View of Community Centre new torch on roofing system

Because it is tear and puncture resistant, a torch-on roof will need less repairs over its lifetime. The roofing material won’t melt in the sun or become brittle. It is fire resistant.

You can expect a long life from a properly applied torch-on roof. Because of its durability, typically a span of  20 years, if installed by a professional roofing company.  The Centre’s roof was installed by TopLine Roofing and has been inspected and approved by West Coast Roofing Inspection Services.


The Saltair Ocean Protection Committee (SOPC)

The Saltair Ocean Protection Committee (SOPC) is now up and running.

February and March 2018 have seen an unprecedented number of freighters anchored in the Gulf Islands and close to our shores. This is due to an ‘Interim Protocol’ initiated by Transport Canada, having the mission to distribute anchorages in new ways throughout the Southern Gulf Islands area. A group of concerned Saltair residents has formed a committee to collect information about the impact these anchored freighters have to our coastal waters, wildlife habitats, and Saltair rural character.

Our goal is to provide accurate information to our community and advocate for the protection of Stuart Channel waters close to our shore. Our voice will join other residents in the Gulf Islands who have formed advocacy groups. Since 2010, Thetis Island, Cowichan Bay, Gabriola Island, and Pender Island have been advocating to pressure the Federal government to improve the management of anchorages and reduce the presence of commercial freighters in our sensitive ecosystems.

Want to know more and how to contribute?

Visit our Committee page


Update on Saltair’s Connection to the Cowichan Valley Trail

CVRD has posted an “Invitation To Tender” to prospective bidders to submit bids for Saltair’s Rail With Trail Connector – Phase 1.

This Invitation to Tender is for construction services to complete sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail along the E&N rail corridor between Cook Street and Old Victoria Road (approximately 2.5 km) in Chemainus, North Cowichan, BC.

Publication Date/Time:
3/21/2018 4:00 PM
Closing Date/Time:
4/18/2018 2:00 PM
Contact Person:
Anthony Jeffery
Email: purchasing [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca
Related Documents:

Saltair Centre Roofing Project Underway

Wondering what is happening at the Saltair Community Center?

Temporary safety railings have been installed. The crew from Top Line Roofing Company are working diligently. to take advantage of the sunny weather.

Well,  blue skies and warm temperatures have allowed for the much anticipated Saltair Centre re-roofing project to begin.

Inside, the Centre is a hive of activity with daycare, fiber arts, massage therapy, mom’s  group  and a large co-op of  Artist’s  creating wonderful works of art.

Community spirit and   energy is alive and well in Saltair.

Posted by Saltair Society