Council Highlights - January 14, 2020

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January 14, 2020

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

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Agenda Items

  • 2020-2024 Budget Consultation:  Staff presented Council with a summary of the first round of public consultation feedback received on the proposed 2020-2024 Financial Plan and project sheets. See the feedback summary presentation and learn more at

        The next Budget Open House has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 4:30 -6:30 PM at the Community Hall.

  • Municipal Alcohol Policy:  Staff presented Council with a proposed timeline, consultation plan, and budget for the development of a municipal alcohol policy.  The consultation plan involves a 5-6 month series of events to engage with staff, the public and stakeholder groups that may be interested in and affected by the policy. 
  • Housing Agreement Bylaw - Meares Vista Inn:  "District of Tofino Housing Agreement Bylaw No. 1276, 2020" was introduced and read a first time.  This housing agreement bylaw would apply to a staff accommodation campground at Meares Vista Inn, 760 Campbell Street, which intends to operate under a Temporary Use Permit for the term of one year.  Prior to adoption, Council directed staff to bring forward options for consideration that could see the site permit both long-term and seasonal staff accommodation. 
  • Housing Agreement Bylaw - Tofino Housing Corporation:  "District of Tofino Housing Agreement Bylaw No. 1275, 2019" was adopted.  This housing agreement applies to the Tofino Housing Corporation's multi-family attainable housing development at 700 Sharp Road and outlines qualification criteria for tenants, sets maximum rental rates, and ensures tenant selection occurs through a random lottery process.
  • Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Grant Program:  Council authorized that the 2020 Tofino Council Grants be capped at $20,000 and limited to one application of up to $2,000 per eligible organization, and that $5,000 be reserved for a new Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Grant program.  Staff were directed to prepare a policy for Council's consideration for Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Grants, with the intention of disbursing the first grants by Fall 2020.
  • Child Care Space Creation Initiatives:  Council authorized a number of activities that aim to support child care space creation on the West Coast, including:
    • lobbying senior levels of government;
    • exploring regional child care space creation opportunities on school district lands; and 
    • supporting the development of a regional or sub-regional committee or task force to explore the recommendations in the ACRD's 2019 Child Care Needs Assessment.

Council also directed staff to bring forward amendments to the District's Zoning Bylaw No. 770, 1997 that would facilitate commercial child care in certain zones, such as some P-Zones and C-Zones, and would update definitions of licensed childcare ues that are permitted to be operated in personal residences to achieve consistency with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Child Care Licensing Regulation.

Other District News

NEW Emergency Notifications Coming to the District of Tofino: The District of Tofino is pleased to announce that in early 2020 we will be switching to an improved emergency notification platform called “Voyent Alert!” to replace One Call Now.  Learn more about the new platform and why we’re making the switch at

The next regular Council meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:30 PM.  Click here to view the 2020 meeting schedule.

For more information, please contact the Corporate Services Deparment at:
(T) 250-725-3229