*** UPDATE - February 12, 2024 ***

At a special council meeting held on Monday, February 12, City Council made the decision to cancel the current Alternative Approval Process (AAP), abandon the Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362, and direct staff to return to Council at a later date with options to fund the project. The decision comes after it was determined that an error had occurred at the start of the current AAP.

In a news release last week, the City indicated an error was identified where response forms were not made available upon notice of the AAP. City staff have reviewed the process, sought legal advice and have concluded that due to the response forms not being made available on the initial day of AAP notice (January 17, 2024), the requirements in the legislation have not been met.

For more information, read the staff report (https://pub-nanaimo.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=52849(External link))


(CANCELLED) Alternative Approval Process for "Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362"

The Council of the City of Nanaimo intends to adopt “Nanaimo Operations Centre Phase One Borrowing Bylaw 2023 No. 7362”.  The purpose of the bylaw is to borrow an amount not to exceed $48,500,000 to finance the cost of construction of Phase 1 of the Nanaimo Operations Centre (Public Works yard) that will be repaid over a period not to exceed twenty years. 

A copy of bylaw 7362 and a report summarizing the project is available below and from the Legislative Services Department, City Hall, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, during each business day of the week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Supporting Documents

To formally adopt the bylaw, Council must first seek elector approval of the bylaw.  Accordingly, Council will be undertaking an Alternative Approval Process as permitted under the Community Charter. This is a common process used by municipalities to seek elector approval of loan authorization bylaws.

How an Alternative Approval Process Works

  • If you are in favour of adoption of the loan authorization bylaw, no action is required.
  • If you are an eligible resident or non-resident property elector of the City of Nanaimo and you are opposed to the adoption of the loan authorization bylaw without it first receiving assent of the electors by voting (referendum), you may sign an Alternative Approval Process Elector Response Form.
  • The deadline for submission of signed elector response forms is on or before 4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024. Please review elector eligibility requirements on the City’s AAP webpage:  Alternative Approval Process Information and Eligibility.
  • The number of electors in the City of Nanaimo was estimated to be 78,892. Accordingly, City Council may proceed with adopting Bylaw No. 7362 unless 10 per cent of electors (7,889) submit elector response forms by the deadline, 4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024.

AAP Elector Response Form

Response forms to be completed if you are opposed to the borrowing bylaw.


The AAP Elector Response Form can also be picked up at the Legislative Services counter at City Hall during business hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

[Note:  Response forms submitted during the previous AAP dated 2023-SEP-27 to 2023-NOV-03 are not being counted as that AAP was null and void. If you previously submitted a form during that AAP you must submit a new response form for this new AAP if you are opposed.]

Completed forms must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, and can be submitted in either of the following ways:

  • In-person: at the Legislative Services Department, City Hall during regular business hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays
  • Mailed to:  Corporate Officer, Legislative Services Department, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5J6

Elector response forms must contain original signatures; therefore, the City of Nanaimo cannot accept electronically submitted Elector Response Forms.

In order to be counted, all forms must be received by the Corporate Officer by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 20th, 2024.  Forms received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please email Legislative.servicesoffice@nanaimo.ca or call 250 755-4405 if you have any questions about the AAP process.

For more details, and the latest information on the project, please visit www.getinvolvednanaimo.ca/NOC and find a library of documents related to the project here: https://www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/projects/nanaimo-operations-centre-project.

Please send questions or comments regarding the Nanaimo Operations Centre project to EngineeringInfo@nanaimo.ca or call 250-755-4460. 

Nanaimo Operations Centre AAP FAQs

Last updated: June 20, 2024

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