News

We're hiring: Community Recreation Programmer

Jan 10 2022
Categories: News

Bowen Island Municipality seeks a qualified permanent full-time Community Recreation Programmer. This is a 35 hour/week position; some weekend and evenings may be required. Total compensation for this rewarding, dynamic and community-focused role includes 3 weeks’ annual vacation, benefits package, and municipal pension plan enrollment.

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Expressions of Interest for housing development on Community Lands

Jan 5 2022
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Last year, as part of Council’s commitment to improve housing diversity on Bowen Island, a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) was issued for the development of a housing project on Lot 1, Area 2 of the Community Lands. Intended to identify potential partners and creative ideas for housing projects, this innovative approach invited responses from non-profit housing providers, developers, community organizations or partnerships of any or all of these entities.

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We're closed over the holidays

Dec 24 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality is closed for the holidays as of December 24th at 12 pm. We'll be open for regular business on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. There's an emergency number to call for things like water or sewer main breaks, and dangerous debris or fallen trees on a road.

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Old growth forest on Bowen

Dec 15 2021
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Nicola Murray describes Bowen's old growth forests in this month's article from the Bowen Island Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee.

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New building regulations in 2022

Dec 15 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality has adopted an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw, in Bylaw No. 528, 2020. These changes will come into effect on January 1, 2022 and will include changes to definitions used in Building Permit Applications, including changing definitions for Lot Coverage, Floor Area, and Average and Finished Grade calculations.

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On-island composting is coming to Bowen

Dec 10 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality is thrilled to announce that an application for funding of an on-island composting facility has been approved through the Clean BC Organics Infrastructure and Collections Program.

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BIM moving forward with construction of Community Centre

Dec 2 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality has issued a letter of intent to award the construction contract for the Community Centre to Golden Globe Construction Ltd. for $14.4 million, bringing the total project budget to $18.7 million. Preliminary site preparation is anticipated to begin in January, 2022.

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Career opportunity: Chief Financial Officer

Dec 1 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality has a vacancy for a Chief Financial Officer. This is a unique opportunity to join an excellent Municipal team on beautiful Bowen Island, British Columbia’s (BC) only island municipality.  

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Truth and Reconciliation Day

Sep 27 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality is closed on Thursday, September 30th in recognition of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Canadians are encouraged to wear orange to remember the Indigenous children who were sent to Residential Schools and never returned home as well as to honour the Survivors, their families, and their communities.
 

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We're hiring: Island Community Planner

Aug 30 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality has a vacancy for an Island Community Planner. We’re looking for a dynamic, self-motivated professional to join our team.  This is a permanent full-time position at 35 hours per week.

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Bowen Island receives funding for Mt. Gardner repeater upgrade

Aug 18 2021
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Bowen Island Municipality has received a $25,000 grant through the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and Training stream of the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), a partnership between the Union of BC Municipalities and the Province of BC. The grant will fund a major upgrade to the Mt. Gardner radio repeater, improving radio communication capacity across the island.

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Have your say on Land Use Bylaw amendments

Jul 5 2021
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There will be a Public Hearing on July 12, 2021 about proposed amendments to the Land Use Bylaw. We want to hear from you! Read all of the background information on Bylaw 528, and submit your comments in writing or verbally at the virtual Public Hearing.

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Reflections on Canada Day

Jun 30 2021
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We're encouraging a day of thoughtful reflection during a time of change and challenge. A series of interpretive signs will be placed throughout Quarry Park on Canada Day. Bring your smartphone to scan the QR codes for access to videos and online resources.

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Islands Trust welcome sign at ferry

Jun 11 2021
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The Islands Trust welcome sign placed near the ferry terminal in Snug Cove has been removed temporarily. The Squamish Nation has requested the Islands Trust to amend some of the details of the sign.

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Residential guest accommodations require a business licence

Jun 3 2021
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Residential Guest Accommodations (RGA) are permitted on Bowen Island to contribute to the accommodation sector and local economy.  They are regulated to ensure operator accountability and to minimize impacts on residential neighbourhoods and long term housing. RGA operators are required to have a valid business licence.

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Island Plan 2021

May 25 2021
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Island Plan 2021 is now available. Please take a moment to review our strategic commitments for the term and priorities for 2021.

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Open call for artists: lock-block wall

May 10 2021
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The Public Art Advisory Committee is excited to announce an open call public art opportunity for the lock-block wall at the entrance to Bowen Island. Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2021.

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Parcel Tax Review Panel

May 7 2021
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The Parcel Tax Review Panel will meet on Monday May 10, at 9:00 am to consider any complaints about the roll and to authenticate it.

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Bowen Islanders encouraged to sign up for emergency notification system

Mar 25 2021
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BowENS is Bowen Island Municipality's emergency notification service and is now powered by Alertable, a system developed by Canadian company Peasi. BowENS informs subscribers of emergencies or advisories on Bowen Island that may impact residents. Signing up for BowENS is easy and can be done from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. There is no fee to sign up.

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Multi-Use Path Update

Feb 10 2021
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Construction of a cross-island Multi-Use Path (MUP) will provide a safe way for all ages and abilities to walk and cycle across the island.

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Fuel management activities on Mt. Gardner and Radar Hill

Feb 1 2021
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Sites on Crown land on Bowen are being considered for funding under the Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. Proposed areas on Mount Gardner and Radar Hill have been approved for provincial funding for fuel management prescription development in and around critical infrastructure. Fire Management Consultants will be conducting work in the two areas in the first two weeks of February. They will be collecting stand level field data as well as laying out ribbon in areas of high fire threat that will require fuel management.

These activities are not related to industrial logging.

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Stories from the Bay

Dec 8 2020
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Join us for a Zoom event with SeaChange Marine Conservation Society and Bowen Island Municipality called ‘Stories from the Bay’.

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Community Centre project moving forward with significant grant and referendum

Jul 15 2020
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We recently announced that our application was successful in securing $7.9 million in funding provided from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture and Recreation fund by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to build the Community Centre. These funds, along with Municipal reserves and fundraising to date, bring the amount raised for the project to $10.5 million. An additional $4 million is needed before construction can begin and as envisioned from the beginning, the municipality is seeking public support to borrow that $4,040,000. A referendum will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

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BIM reminds everyone to avoid non-essential travel

May 11 2020
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With the long weekend approaching and warm weather in the forecast, Bowen Island Municipality is reminding people who want to visit Bowen Island that now is not the time. We are asking you to stay close to home and avoid non-essential travel such as for tourism and recreation. We also suggest islanders continue to limit community interactions and refrain from extending invitations to visitors.

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Planning inquiries and applications are now online

Mar 21 2020
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Municipal Hall is closed to the public due to current health advisories, so we have moved our Planning & Development department online. Most planning functions will be completed online and digitally.

Paper inquiries and applications will continue to be accepted via the drop box located on the porch door of Municipal Hall. But, please note that processing times for paper submissions will be extended as most staff are working remotely.

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Fire department update

Jan 29 2020
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We understand that the current issues with the Fire Department are of interest to the community. We will be posting updates here as they become available.

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