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Heat Response Information

Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for East Vancouver Island, Inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. The heat warning for Greater Victoria is currently in effect until the morning of Sunday, August 15, 2021. In response to the heat warning, the Town has activated its Heat Response Plan.
Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated June 30, 2021 - The Town of Sidney is monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates are posted to this page. The latest update includes information about Step 3 of BC's Restart Plan.
Tulista Walkway Improvements Set to Begin

Improvements to the popular walkway in Tulista Park in Sidney are scheduled to begin in mid-June.
Town of Sidney Makes Recommendations to the Victoria Airport Authority on Distribution Centre Development

The Town of Sidney Council has finalized its recommendations to the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) on the proposed development by York Realty on VAA lands at 9899 McDonald Park Road.
Take the Community Design Survey!

The Town of Sidney is inviting anyone who calls Sidney home to have their say about Sidney's future by taking the Community Design Survey. The survey is one of many community engagement opportunities for the project prior to beginning to draft a new Official Community Plan for Sidney over the summer.
Sidney Approves 2021 Financial Plan

Town Council has approved a Financial Plan for 2021, resulting in a modest municipal tax impact of 2.7%.
Saanich Peninsula Alert Notification System Receives Upgrade

As of March 25, 2021, Saanich Peninsula Alert will be exclusively administered through a new platform to inform subscribers of critical events that may impact residents, stakeholders, and visitors on the Saanich Peninsula.
Town of Sidney Partners with CleanBC Rebate Program

Sidney Council resolved to commit up to $50,000 as a municipal partner in the CleanBC Better Homes rebate program and instructed staff to move forward with becoming a program partner. The funds will be used in 2021 to top-up rebates provided through the program for home renovations for Sidney residents.
Town of Sidney Benefits from Federal Gas Tax Funding

Sidney Mayor and Council acknowledge the ongoing community benefits derived through the receipt and use of Gas Tax funds under the Community Works Agreement.
Sidney Council Waives Town's 2021 Business Licence Fees

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on local businesses, Sidney Council passed a resolution to waive the Town of Sidney Business Licence Fees for existing and new businesses for the 2021 calendar year.
Sidney Council Updates Tree Preservation Bylaw

On December 14, 2020 the Town of Sidney Council adopted an amendment to the Town’s Tree Preservation Bylaw No. 2138.

The Town of Sidney is pleased to announce the substantial completion of the Reay Creek Dam Renovation Project ensuring it is ready for the upcoming Salmon spawning season.
Rathdown Park Reopens for Play

The new playground at Rathdown Park features slides, swings, places to climb and a mini zip line!
Town of Sidney Launches "Meet Your Street" - A Neighbourhood Connectedness Program

The Town of Sidney is excited to announce a new program called “Meet Your Street” that aims to enhance neighbourly connections and build neighbourhood resilience. Meet Your Street is a resident-led effort to help neighbours get to know each other, largely through neighbourhood activities.
Pure Energy Sculpture Donated to Town of Sidney

Well known, local Sculptor, Armando Barbon has donated his bronze sculpture entitled "Pure Energy" to the Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walt.
Community Engagement Begins this Fall for Sidney OCP

Housing, development, the environment and other key topics will be explored as Sidney gets started on the public rollout of its Official Community Plan (OCP) review and update project. The OCP will serve as a blueprint for future growth and development in the community.
Sidney/North Saanich Library Collection Survey

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is conducting a survey to gather opinions about the library collection.
Information for 2020 Tax Payers

Effective Friday, July 3, 2020, in-person property tax payments at Sidney Town Hall will be by appointment only. Please contact us at 250-656-1184 or if you would like to make an appointment, or consider one of the other property tax payment options listed on this page. Access to Sidney Town Hall is restricted to comply with physical distancing requirements established by the Provincial Health Officer. Municipal business is being conducted by phone, email, online through our website, and by appointment.
Canada Day 2020

Information about Canada Day 2020.
Town of Sidney Virtual Public Meet & Greet

Members of Sidney Council are hosting a virtual public meet & greet on Monday, June 29, 2020 beginning at 5:30 pm.
Town of Sidney Moves into COVID-19 Recovery Phase

The Town of Sidney has begun to transition its COVID-19 response from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to a focused recovery phase.
Town of Sidney Reduces Taxes and Extends Payment Dates

At the April 27th Council meeting, Council amended the previously approved 2020 financial plan.
Summer 2020 Events in Sidney

It is with considerable regret that the Town of Sidney’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) advised Sidney event organizers today to cancel or postpone events, both indoor and outdoor, that involve public gatherings scheduled for the summer of 2020. Consequently, the Town of Sidney has made the difficult decision to cancel the 21st season of the Sidney Street Market.
Local First Nations Art Added to Sidney's Downtown Beautification Project

This year, the Utility Box Beautification Project installations feature four local First Nations artists whose work celebrates and brings Coast Salish art into public spaces in Sidney.
Sidney Approves 2020 Financial Plan

Sidney Council has approved a Financial Plan for 2020 that results in a modest municipal tax impact of 1.79% for existing properties. The net impact of the tax increase on the average residential property is about $27 for the year, or $2.26 a month.
Province Announces Changes to Property Tax Deferment Process

The British Columbia Government has announced changes to the property tax deferment process. Starting in May 2020, eligible British Columbians can apply online to defer their property taxes. Additionally, property owners can choose to auto-renew their deferment application.
Reay Creek Dam Project Open House - January 30, 2020

The Town of Sidney will be hosting a Public Open House regarding the progress of the Reay Creek Dam Project on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Greenglade Community Centre in Room 8.
Town Hall Closed - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Due to heavy snowfall, Sidney Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Town of Sidney Holiday Office Hours 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm to Thursday, January 2 at 8:30 am. For any urgent water, sewer, or drainage issues, please call the Town's 24-hour emergency line at 250-656-1184.
Council Approves Updated 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

Sidney Council approved their updated Strategic Plan for 2020 and beyond at the November 25, 2019 Council Meeting. The updated 2019-2022 Strategic Plan builds on past work while taking into consideration input from the community as well as the current social and economic climate.
12th Annual Sidney Firefighter's Christmas Food Drive

Sidney Firefighters will be in your neighbourhood on Saturday, December 14, 2019 between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm, collecting cash and food donations for the Saanich Peninsula Food Bank.
2019 Backpack Project Donation Bin Available at Town Hall

The Town of Sidney is acting as a drop-off location for The Backpack Project, an annual local initiative which provides backpacks full of necessities and comfort items to community members who are experiencing homelessness in the Greater Victoria region.
Design Consultant Engaged for Reay Creek Dam

The Town of Sidney has awarded Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) the contract to undertake design work for renovations to the Reay Creek Dam.
Remembrance Day 2019

Each year on November 11th, the Town of Sidney gathers together to honour and pay tribute to our War Veterans. Information regarding the Parade of Veterans, Remembrance Day Ceremony, and Town Hall closure is provided here.
Road Closure Notice - Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Fifth Annual Treat Street event will be taking place downtown Sidney on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Due to the nature of the event, vehicle access to Beacon Ave from Fifth Street to the west side of the roundabout will be restricted from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.
Thanksgiving 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Thanksgiving on Monday, October 14, 2019. Town Hall will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Filming at Sidney Waterfront - October 2, 2019

Please be advised that from 10 am to 10 pm on October 2, 2019, a production crew will be filming scenes for a movie at the Sidney Waterfront around the Beacon Wharf.
Traffic Advisory - Sidney by the Sea Run - Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Sidney by the Sea Run/Walk will be taking place on Sunday, September 22, 2019 and will cause some traffic disruption between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm.
Notice to Residents - Bevan Ave & Seventh Street Road Work

The Town of Sidney will be carrying out road work on Bevan Avenue & Seventh Street, from Dairy Queen to Beacon Avenue, starting September 11 to October 11, 2019.
Third Street Parking Lot Closed for Construction

Please be advised that the Third Street Parking Lot (located mid-block between Beacon Avenue and Sidney Avenue) will be closed as of Thursday, September 12, 2019 for the duration of construction at the old Fire Hall site.
Labour Day 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 2, 2019. Town Hall will be open for regular business on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 8:30 am.
Limited Access to the Third Street Parking Lot

Please be advised that due to development activity at the old Fire Hall site in Sidney, access to the Third Street Parking Lot (located mid-block between Beacon Avenue and Sidney Avenue) will be limited. A portion of the parking lot will remain open temporarily, for as long as practical.
Notice to Residents - Eight Street Path Construction

The Town of Sidney will be carrying out construction on the Eighth Street path between Bevan Avenue and Oakville Avenue from August 19 through to early September.
B.C. Day 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for B.C. Day on Monday, August 5, 2019. Town Hall will be open for regular business on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8:30 am.
Proposed Change to the Start Time of Sidney Council Meetings

The Town of Sidney is considering changing the start time of Council meetings from 7:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This would make the start time of Council meetings consistent with Committee of the Whole meetings, which begin at 6:00 pm on the alternating Monday.
Have Your Say on Recreational Cannabis in Sidney

Town of Sidney Council is considering an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw which would allow for the licensed retail sale and manufacturing of cannabis products within the community. Mayor & Council would like to hear what you think.
The Race is on!

The Town of Sidney is excited to announce that Cathy Noel of Choice Events Ltd. will be organizing the 2019 Sidney Seaside 5k / 8k race.
Canada Day 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Canada Day on Monday, July 1, 2019.
Town of Sidney Seeks New Race Organizer

The Town of Sidney has announced that they are seeking an event organizer to take over the well-established Sidney Seaside 5k and 8k running race.
Honouring the Memory of Former Sidney Fire Chief Mel Baldwin

The Sidney Fire Department is greatly saddened by the passing of retired Sidney Fire Chief Mel Baldwin.
Sidney Fire Department Begins Responding from New Community Safety Building

Beginning today, Friday, May 17, Sidney’s Fire Department will begin responding to emergency calls from their new home in the Community Safety Building. The Fire Department has received an “interim occupancy permit” from the Victoria Airport Authority whose land the CSB is located on and which the Town leases.
Victoria Day 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Victoria Day on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Health Care in our Community: A Public Forum

Join the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation at the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, May 4 at a public forum on Health Care in our Community, sponsored by the municipalities of Sidney, Saanich, Central Saanich and North Saanich, as well as the CFUW Saanich Peninsula.
ArtSea to Take on the Sidney Sculpture Walk

The Town of Sidney and ArtSea Community Arts Council have recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide ArtSea annual funding to take on the administration and revitalization of Sidney’s Seaside Sculpture Walk.
Modification to Yard Waste Collection

The Town of Sidney has been informed of a ban on the use of plastic bags for the yard waste collection program. The ban will go into effect on July 1, 2019.
Sidney Hires Jenn Clary as New Director of Engineering

The Town of Sidney is pleased to welcome Mrs. Jenn Clary, P.Eng, PMP as the new Director of Engineering. Her first day at the Town will be Monday, June 10, 2019.
Easter Weekend 2019

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Easter Weekend on Friday, April 19, 2019 and Monday, April 22, 2019. Town Hall will reopen on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 8:30 am.
Reay Creek Pond Remediation Project To Take Multi-Phase Approach

The Town of Sidney has recently learned that the Reay Creek Pond contamination remediation project will not be completed in its entirety this year. Rather, Transport Canada will take a multi-phase approach to the project that will see remediation on another section of Reay Creek, at the Victoria Airport, move forward this year in preparation for cleanup of the pond further downstream.
Transport Canada to Begin Reay Creek Pond Remediation

The Town of Sidney has received confirmation that remediation of Reay Creek Pond is expected to be undertaken this year by Transport Canada.
Sidney Council Adopts New Strategic and Financial Plans

Town of Sidney Council approved the 2019 – 2022 Corporate Strategic Plan at the February 25 Council Meeting, and the 2019-2023 Financial Plan at the February 26 Budget Meeting. This positions Sidney’s Council to move forward with their work for their term of office, which runs from 2018 to 2022.
Update on Melting Snow Conditions

With the end of the Snowfall Warning by Environment Canada and the change to rain and milder conditions, the Town of Sidney is refocusing our resources to inspect and clear all roadway drainage systems of snow. The snow that has accumulated on the ground will melt and become storm water run-off. Homeowners are reminded that keeping your on-site private drainage systems clear of snow will improve the efficiency of your system and help prevent snow melt water from entering your home.
Update on road conditions and garbage collection in Sidney

Town crews are working hard throughout the day and into the evenings attempting to keep up with clearing and salting roads and sidewalks. However, due to the thaw and freeze overnight, conditions remain extremely slippery and sides street are impassable in some area.
Town Hall Closed February 12

Please be advised that the Town Hall will be closed today - Tuesday, February 12, due to the current weather conditions. We anticipate that we will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:30 am, weather permitting. We encourage residents to avoid any unnecessary driving as road conditions remain challenging. We hope everyone is staying warm and safe! Thank you to the Town's road crews for keeping our streets clear.
Sidney Garbage Collection Cancelled due to Snowfall

Garbage collection contractor for the Town of Sidney, Emterra has advised that garbage collection today - February 12 - has been cancelled as a result of unsafe road conditions.
February 11, 2019 Town Hall Closure Notice

Please be advised that Sidney Town Hall will be closed at 2 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019 due to worsening weather conditions.
Sidney Council to Renegotiate Purchase Agreement of Existing Fire Hall Properties

The Town of Sidney and Fire Hall Development Ltd, (FHD), the developer / purchaser of the Town’s current Fire Hall and Third Street parking lot properties, have mutually agreed to explore re-design of the already approved development for the downtown site at the corner of Sidney Avenue and Third Street.
Filming Notice - February 4 - 101-2360 Beacon Ave

Flip Romance Productions (Van) Inc. will be filming scenes for the television movie “Flip That Romance” in Sidney on Monday, February 4th, 2019. They have provided information regarding their schedule while they are filming in and around The Farmer’s Daughter (101-2360 Beacon Ave).
Annual Water Main Flushing

The Town of Sidney will commence annual flushing of water mains in February 2019 with completion anticipated by the end of March 2019. The annual flushing is required to ensure ongoing health of the water system.
Town of Sidney Holiday Office Hours 2018

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019. We will reopen on January 2, 2019 at 8:30 am. For any urgent water, sewer or drainage issues, please call the Town's 24-hour emergency line at 250-656-1184.
Sidney Streets Receive Creative Facelift

The Town of Sidney is pleased to announce the final selection of six colourful new works by local artists that will brighten up utility boxes around town in the coming months. Collectively, local artists, the Town and local businesses will bring a fresh, new look to some otherwise dull but visible infrastructure.
The Backpack Project Donation Bin Available at Sidney Town Hall

The Town of Sidney is participating in The Backpack Project: Victoria BC, an annual local initiative which provides backpacks full of necessities and comfort items to community members who are experiencing homelessness in the Greater Victoria Region.
Remembrance Day - November 11, 2018

Each year on November 11th, the Town of Sidney comes together to honour and pay tribute to our War Veterans.
The Sidney Summit on Habitat and Environment

The Town of Sidney is excited to be participating in the Sidney Summit on November 10, 2018. The event will bring together members of the public and over 20 organizations to discuss how to support and sustain our habitat and environment on the Saanich Peninsula.
Important Information: Potential Canada Post Service Disruption

A potential Canada Post service disruption could occur as early as October 22, 2018. The Town would like to remind residents that in the event mail service is disrupted, residents continue to be responsible for paying utility bills, parking tickets, and other charges to the Town by the due date.
Website Maintenance Inadvertently Generates Notifications of Old Posts

Please be advised that recent email notices to subscribers of the Town’s “Newsroom” page regarding old media releases were sent in error and should be disregarded.
Principal from Slangspruit Primary School in South Africa Visits Sidney

On Friday, September 28th, Mayor Steve Price and Mr. Kenny Podmore welcomed Principal Thamsanqa Msomi of Slangspruit Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to Sidney.
Sidney’s New Rainbow Crosswalk Opens

Thursday, October 4th, at 9:30 am, Mayor Steve Price and members of Sidney Council will open the new rainbow crosswalk at the foot of Beacon Avenue by Beacon Wharf.
Town of Sidney Connected For Safety

Slated for occupancy in the spring of 2019, Sidney’s new Community Safety Building (CSB) will be a central facility for emergency preparedness on the Saanich Peninsula. Home for the Sidney Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance Services, and the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization, the CSB will also serve as an important training facility and emergency operations centre.
Sidney Council Approves New Bylaw for Short-Term Rentals

At a Public Hearing held September 24th, Sidney Council adopted an amendment to the zoning bylaw to allow short-term rentals (STR) in Sidney.
Sidney Seaside 8K & 5K Road Race

The Town of Sidney will be hosting the second annual Sidney Seaside 8K, 5K & Kids Run Road Race on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
BC Day 2018

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for BC Day on August 6, 2018.
Sidney Recognises International Town Criers Day

Join Mayor Steve Price and Sidney Town Crier, Kenny Podmore on Monday, July 9th at 9:30 am at the front entrance of the Town Hall to hear the proclamation for “International Town Criers Day” in Sidney.
Canada Day 2018

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Canada Day on July 2, 2018
Saanich Peninsula Alert Launches Today

North Saanich, Sidney, and Central Saanich municipalities have joined together to provide safety alerts to the residents of the Saanich Peninsula.
Sidney Reports Positive Commercial Vacancy Trends

The Town of Sidney’s Economic Development Commission has published the results of the latest review of downtown commercial vacancies which confirms that Sidney’s current commercial vacancy rate in the downtown core is under 8%.
Victoria Day 2018

Sidney Town Hall will be closed for Victoria Day on May 21, 2018.
EDC Develops New Business Promotion Video for Sidney

The Sidney Economic Development Commission (EDC) is pleased to announce the development of a business focused section on the Town of Sidney’s website, along with a new video showcasing the broad range of business and lifestyle opportunities in the community.
Town of Sidney Reaches Agreement in Principle on Sale of Fire Hall Properties

The Town of Sidney recently reached an agreement in principle with developers Fraser McColl and Dan Robbins for the purchase of the Fire Hall property at 9837 Third Street and 2477 Sidney Avenue and the adjoining parking lot at 9821 Third Street.
Peninsula Fire Departments Update Mutual Aid Agreement

District of Central Saanich, District of North Saanich and the Town of Sidney have amended their existing mutual aid agreement.
Sidney Approves Lease for Ambulance Station

Town Council has approved a long-term lease agreement with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for the co-location of an ambulance station at the new Community Safety Building being constructed near Eighth Street and Bevan Avenue.
Town of Sidney Issues Special Edition Town Talk on Parking

The Town of Sidney has created a special edition of Town Talk focused purely on parking.
Sidney to Host 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships

Sidney, British Columbia will play host to the world’s best coastal rowers when the World Rowing Coastal Championships take place along the shores of the Salish Sea.
Sidney Approves 2018 Financial Plan

Town Council has approved a Financial Plan for 2018 that results in a moderate municipal tax impact of 2.43% for existing properties. The net impact of the tax increase on the average residential property is about $34 for the year, or $2.82 a month. Once again, there is no change to Water or Sewer rates.
Town of Sidney Responds to Tsunami Warning

In the early morning hours of January 23, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska creating the potential for a tsunami affecting BC coastal communities.
Town of Sidney Ready to Sell Prime Downtown Land

The Town of Sidney is set to sell prime downtown land.
Mayor Price Attends Barrier Buster Lunch

The SHOAL Centre (Beacon Community Services) received a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundations' special Canada 150 grant program "Access4All Barrier Buster".
Town of Sidney to Sell Old Fire Hall Site

On Tuesday, October 10th, Town of Sidney Council discussed several options associated with the sale of the current Fire Hall site, located at 9837 Third Street. Sale proceeds from this site are a key funding source for the new Community Safety Building (CSB), which is currently under construction on a site south of the Mary Winspear Centre.
Have Fun - Join the Run!

The Town of Sidney and Frontrunners are hosting a first-ever Sidney Seaside 10K Race on Sunday, September 24, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am in Beacon Park.
Why a Graffiti Free Skatepark?

Recently, there have been a number of social media posts, as well as a letter to the Editor in the May 31st edition of the PNR, expressing concern with the Town’s decision to prohibit graffiti in the new skatepark at Tulista.
Town of Sidney Takes Big Steps Forward to Improve Mobility through Carsharing

The Town of Sidney announces that, effective today, it will provide more sustainable transportation options to residents, businesses and municipal staff through the addition of carsharing, in collaboration with Modo Co-operative.
Sidney Fire Department to Unveil New Canada 150 Wrap

As part of the Town of Sidney’s Canada 150 program, the Sidney Fire Department has had one of their fire trucks wrapped with a special Canada 150 montage.
Sidney Adopts 2017 Financial Plan

Town Council has adopted a Financial Plan for 2017 that will result in a minimal increase of 0.66% in municipal property taxes.
Volunteer for Canada 150 in Sidney!

The organizers of the Sidney Celebrates Canada 150 program are looking for key volunteers for several signature events taking place during the year to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary and Sidney’s 50th Anniversary.
Canada 150 Supports Sidney Celebrations!

The Town of Sidney is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada, through the Canada 150 Fund, has recently approved funding in the amount of $27,540 for several of Sidney's Canada 150 initiatives.
Sidney Economic Development Commission Presentation to Council Focused on Support for Local Business

Sidney's Economic Development Commission (EDC) provided Town Council with a comprehensive overview of their work during the past eight months.