As the situation unfolds, we will continue to monitor credible sources and will work with our provincial and regional partners. It’s important to note that Saanich is not the lead agency on COVID-19; we will take direction from the Province and the Provincial Health Officer.
As of March 6, we took the proactive approach to activate our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) before any impacts occur in Saanich. Saanich’s EOC is the hub for the District’s planning and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click the images below to find information on existing and newly created programs to provide a summary of support options most relevant to families and businesses.
Municipal Hall public access
As of August 4, the municipal hall and annex reopened to the public with counter services in the areas of Planning, Engineering, Building Inspections, Finance, Reception, Legislative Services, Recreation, Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety and the Mayor’s Office.
Public access is on a first-come first-serve basis via the parking lot entrance of the municipal hall. Visitors are limited to a maximum of 11 people at a time and will be required to use hand sanitizer and wear a visitor badge when entering the facility. We encourage the public to continue to access online services or make appointments if possible. General contacts are available here for appointments [PDF - 149 KB].
Plexi-glas protective barriers and other measures such as advisory and directional signage have been installed in all public areas and at all service counters for the health and safety of staff and the public. Saanich asks that you do not visit a municipal facility if you:
- Have any of the following symptoms:
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- New muscle aches or headache
- Sore throat
- Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19
Council meeting participation
Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings will continue via webcast only until further notice.
Advisory committees, standing committees, board and commission meetings have restarted although the public is not able to attend in person at this time.
Public feedback on items can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saanich encourages residents to review the safety protocols for specific activities before registering. The recreation safety protocols were developed based on guidelines and requirements from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC, Island Health, BC Recreation and Parks Association, and the Lifesaving Society of BC. Saanich closed its four recreation centres March 17 to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. Safety plans are available to the public at saanich.ca/recreation and at each facility.
The Cedar Hill Golf Course reopened May 5. Please see the golf course page for further information.
We have reopened some outdoor facilities. Reopening these facilities and activities will allow residents to enjoy outdoor sports in a careful and safe way.
The recreation facilities in Saanich Parks that have reopened include:
- 35 tennis courts;
- 11 pickleball courts;
- 21 sports courts (e.g., basketball and street hockey); and
- the Lambrick Skate Park.
Saanich's 56 playgrounds reopened June 10.
All playgrounds in municipal parks reopened with new signage to indicate health and safety guidelines for play. Saanich encourages those using the playgrounds to:
- practice safe physical distancing;
- wash your hands before and after using the play area;
- come back later if the area seems too busy;
- limit your time if others are waiting; and
- stay home if you feel sick.
If one park or playground looks crowded we have lots more. There are more than 170 parks (including natural state and undeveloped park lands) in Saanich for you to discover and explore! Use our find a park tool.
We made the decision to reopen with modified hours to accommodate appropriate physical distancing for our staff and for our residents using the service.Saanich is expanding our service hours for the yard and garden waste drop-off site.
Effective Friday May 15, our new temporary hours are:
Monday - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Tuesday - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Wednesday - closed
- Thursday - closed
- Friday - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday – closed
Please be mindful to not block intersections and congest corridors with your vehicle while waiting to access the drop off.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Inquiries for other business can be made through email@example.com or by calling 250-475-5599.
Our staff are working hard to ensure curbside collection service levels are maintained.
Check out our tips for guidance on what you can do to help us stay safe and healthy.
Saanich Council has endorsed a plan to lessen the impact of late payment penalties on property taxes for both residential and business property owners.
While the deadline for payment of taxes and annual homeowner grant applications remains as July 2, 2020, the Alternative Tax Scheme approved by Council on April 27 includes a delayed and staggered implementation of the usual one time 10% penalty.
The following are ways to pay your taxes:
- Online banking
- Through your mortgage company
- Visit your bank
- By credit card via third party provider
- By mail
- Drop box at the Municipal Hall
More information is available at saanich.ca/tax.
Following the direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Saanich has cancelled any meetings or gatherings of 50 or more. These events will remain cancelled until further direction from the Provincial Health Officer.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization report that hand washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A reminder to our staff and residents:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands;
- avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve and not your hands;
- stay home if you are sick, especially if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid spreading the illness to others; and
- practice social distancing (e.g., keeping a two metre distance and avoid touching others).
As a preventative measure, have reviewed and adjusted our cleaning protocols. High contact surfaces in all municipal facilities are being cleaned more frequently.
- July 28 - Saanich reopens public service counters at municipal hall
- July 2 - Saanich begins gradual reopening of recreation centres
- June 8 - Saanich reopens playgrounds
- June 1 - Recreation facilities update
- May 20 - Saanich reopens some outdoor facilities
- May 15 - Yard and garden waste drop-off schedule change
- May 4 - Cedar Hill Golf Course re-opens
- April 30 - Saanich adjusts property tax payment methods and late penalties
- April 24 - Saanich yard and garden waste drop off service will reopen Saturday, April 25 with modified hours
- April 21 - Learn more about Saanich’s Emergency Operations Centre
- April 9 - Stay active while maintaining distance this long weekend
- April 2 - Saanich suspends utility bill penalties
- March 27 - Saanich’s list of top ten things to remember during COVID-19
- March 24 - Saanich COVID-19 update: 2020 financial planning changes
- March 23 - Saanich COVID-19 update: temporary closure of Saanich outdoor recreation facilities
- March 20 - Saanich COVID-19 update: temporary closure of Saanich playgrounds and structures
- March 18 - Saanich COVID-19 update: all municipal facilities closed to the public
- March 16 - Saanich COVID-19 update: Recreation centres closed effective March 17
- March 12 - COVID-19 information