Monday, June 29, 2015

More Affordable Housing Studies

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Tofino Gets Funding to Upgrade the Barr's Mountain Reservoir

Project approved under Canada's Small Communities Fund
June 26, 2015 – Tofino, British Columbia – Infrastructure Canada
Residents of Tofino will benefit from upgrades to the Barr's Mountain Reservoir thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund.
Tofino will replace the existing Barr's Mountain treated water reservoir with a larger reservoir to better meet the fire protection and emergency water storage needs of the community. The community ran out of water in the summer of 2006. The larger and more earthquake resistant reservoir will help ensure that area businesses and residents have access to adequate water supplies to meet their current and future needs.
The project announced today is among those recently approved in British Columbia that will collectively receive more than $42 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.
Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across British Columbia for years to come.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $388,430 through the Small Communities Fund for the Barr's Mountain Reservoir project.
  • The Province of British Columbia will contribute $388,430 to this project.
  • Tofino will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
  • The total estimated cost for this project is $1,165,291.
  • Of the 21 projects approved for funding in British Columbia so far, 11 are drinking water projects, nine are wastewater projects, and one is a brownfield remediation project. Additional projects are under review and could also soon be approved.


"We are proud to invest in projects like upgrading the Barr's Mountain Reservoir in Tofino that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government's commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund, we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of British Columbia's residents while helping create jobs and economic growth."
- The Honourable John Duncan Minister of State, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North
"The expansion of the Barr's Mountain Reservoir will help mitigate the water shortages that Tofino has sometimes experienced in the past. Providing an adequate supply of good clean water now and into the future to both serve and protect Tofino's growing population is exactly the sort of project that this Small Communities Fund is designed to support. Of course, this project will not only support Tofino's residents but also Tofino's thriving tourism industry."
- The Honourable Coralee Oakes Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
"Increasing Tofino's water storage capacity at Barr's Mountain is a critical step in building infrastructure that protects our growing community's firefighting needs and drinking water supply. This project is an excellent example of a working relationship between three levels of government to meet the infrastructure needs of residents, businesses and industry in Tofino."
- Josie Osborne Mayor, District of Tofino

Associated links


Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Bob MacPherson, CAO
District of Tofino
Infrastructure Canada
Toll-free 1-877-250-7154
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Website: Infrastructure Canada

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

I Hope This Is Good News !

Tofino, British Columbia, June 25, 2015 –Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure funding announcement. Participating government representatives include the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Josie Osborne, Mayor of Tofino.
Friday June 26, 2015
3:00 p.m. PDT
Tofino Fire Hall
Second and Campbell Streets, 
Tofino, British Columbia

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Water Meeting Report and Fire Flow Meter Servicing

While there was a fairly small turnout for the water meeting there was some spirited discussion. The real fireworks began when a representative of Ocean Park (Vinyl Village) questioned the fairness of a $700 quarterly charge for their fire flow meter given that they have switched over to individual water meters for each household.
 It was explained that there are costs associated with the maintenance and servicing of a fire flow meter and that those costs should be recovered by the District of Tofino. The representative directly questioned Bob Schantz, the Superintendent of Public Works as to the maintenance of the fire flow meter. Bob Schantz stated that the meters have "not been serviced as they should have been ".( There are other fire flow meters in stratas in Tofino)
  When further pressed about the issue ,the Superintendent of Public Works admitted that the fire flow meters have not been serviced as long as he has been employed as the Superintendent of Public Works. Records show that Bob Schantz was appointed to Superintendent of Public Works in 2010.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Water Supply Update

While this isn't good news I'm glad to see the District making an announcement about the situation.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tofino Council Grant Survey

SPARC BC and the District of Tofino are undertaking a review of the 2015 Participatory Budgeting process used to determine Council Grants. We are interested in hearing feedback from:
  • organizations that participated in the 2015 Council Grant process (more than one individual from an organization may respond)
  • organizations that did not participate in the process (more than one individual from an organization may respond)
  • individuals who attended the Voting Expo Day (whether or not you were there as a voting community member or assisting an organization that was presenting)
  • anyone else! 
Your feedback will be used by District of Tofino staff and Council to improve the program for 2016. We appreciate your candid feedback - all responses are anonymous and information is being collected by SPARC BC on behalf of the District of Tofino. 

Please complete the survey by Monday June 15.  The survey can be accessed by clicking on this link:

Thank you,

Nyla Attiana CPA, CGA  |  Director of Finance  |  District of Tofino  | 121 3rd Street  Box 9 Tofino BC V0R 2Z0 |
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Community Water Meeting

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Water Restrictions and Water Tank Leak

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On one hand the district is telling us to conserve water but on the other hand this tank behind Industrial Way has been leaking for a year.Must be waiting for a consultant's report.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tax Increase -The Simple Explanation

From the mail out with tax notices. Click on image to enlarge