Aug. 27 Council Highlights + Job Posting

Posted: August 30, 2019

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About Council Highlights

"Council Highlights" provide a summary of key decisions made by Council during regularly scheduled meetings.

Click here to see full agenda packages, minutes and video recordings.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Osborne announced that the District of Tofino has been awarded $40,264,769 from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Environmental Quality Stream (ICIP-EQ) to make improvements to Tofino's existing wastewater collection system, and will result in the
construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. The funding is the largest infrastructure
investment in the municipality's history, and comes from the Government of Canada in the
amount of $21,953,600 and the Province of British Columbia in the amount of $18,301,169. The Mayor thanked staff, consultants, local citizens, stakeholders, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations for their help and contributions throughout the process.

The Mayor also congratulated the Tofino Volunteer Fire Department on their 60th anniversary, and thanked all members for their service and commitment to the community.  A Volunteer Recognition Award was presented to Billy McGinnis, Deputy Fire Chief, and the Mayor spoke of his years of service, leadership, and dedication to the Tofino Volunteer Fire Department and to the community.

Agenda Items

  • Tofino's Vital Conversation on Sustainable Tourism:  Council heard a presentation from District and Clayoquot Biosphere Trust staff regarding a full-day facilitated conversation held on April 23, 2019 regarding the stressors, vulnerabilities, and opportunities of Tofino's tourism economy.  Would you like to be involved in future initiatives like this?  Please visit for more information and to provide feedback on how we can engage residents in the development of Tofino's sustainable tourism economy.
  • Strategic Procurement - Wastewater Treatment Plant:  Council authorized staff to include strategic procurement principles in prequalification and bidding documents for the wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system project that will focus on improving employment opportunities for local Indigenous groups, youth and women.
  • Council approved Development Variance Permit No. 11-19 for the property at 184 Daphne Place.
  • Automated Bottle Depot:  Council authorized staff to enter into a license agreement with Encorp Pacific for the operation of an automated bottle depot on the portion of land between Warren Way and Industrial Way, adjacent to the Public Works Yard. The pilot project is the first of its kind in BC, and operations are anticipated to begin in early September 2019.
  • "District of Tofino Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1270, 2019" for the property at 700 Sharp Road was read a first and second time, and Council authorized staff to schedule a Public Hearing for the subject property.  The Tofino Housing Corporation in partnership with Catalyst Community Developments Society are proposing to rezone the subject property from Public Use District (P2) to a Comprehensive Development Zone, for the purposes of developing an attainable multi-family residential neighbourhood.
  • The 2019-2022 Council Strategic Plan was adopted.  To view the plan, visit  
  • 2019 Tofino By-Election:  Council appointed Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann as Chief Election Officer for the 2019 By-Election.  General Voting Day is scheduled for November 2nd and Advanced Voting Day for October 23rd.  For more information on key election dates, voter registration, and candidate nomination visit

Employment Opportunity

The District of Tofino is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Temporary Labourer under the Engineering and Public Works Department.
Under the direct supervision of his/her immediate supervisor the Temporary Labourer is responsible for a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled public works duties. These duties are generally physical in nature and require the use of simple tools and equipment.  The majority of the duties are carried out in outdoor conditions.
A detailed job description outlining primary duties and responsibilities is available at the District’s website at
Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume, in confidence, no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019, to:
Mail: District of Tofino, PO Box 9, Tofino BC, V0R 2Z0      
Hand: 121 Third Street, Tofino, BC

Other District News

Childcare Planning Open House:  The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 11th from 3-7pm in the Tofino Community Hall Multi-Purpose Room and want to hear about your child care experience on the West Coast.

Highway 4 - Kennedy Hill Traffic Updates:  See the project closure schedule for August 30-September 30, 2019 here.

The Free Seasonal Shuttle service runs daily until September 15, 2019.  Get the schedule at or provide feedback on your experience at

Reminder:  The next regular Council meeting is scheduled to be held Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Click here to view the schedule.

For more information please contact the Corporate Services Department at:

(T) 250-725-3229