CVRD limits service during COVID-19 crisis. (File photo)

CVRD further curtails delivery of essential services

District will focus on a number of services in coming weeks

In a continued effort to ensure safety of staff while delivering essential services during the COVID-19 crisis, the Cowichan Valley Regional District is further curtailing its non-essential services.

A press release from the district said that after completion of a detailed essential service assessment, the CVRD will be focusing on delivery of a number of essential services in the coming weeks.

They include fire and first responder response, water and sewer utilities, 911 telecommunications/FireComm, emergency management, solid-waste management, communications, recreation centre refrigeration-system maintenance and shut-down, facility and asset security, administrative functions including IT, finance, human resource management, risk management and governance.

The majority of CVRD staff are no longer working from their regular workplaces and have been sent home.

At this time, the CVRD will also maintain some non-essential services in a limited capacity.

Development services staff will continue to process existing development applications.

This will include conducting site inspections on a case-by-case basis.

New development applications are not being accepted at this time, and there will be no in-person meetings with the public.

Inquiries may be directed to

Building inspection staff will continue to process existing building applications.

This will include conducting site and building inspections with only the site supervisor or designate present.

There will be no inspection services for occupied buildings.

New building permit applications are not being accepted at this time, and there will be no in-person meetings with the public.

The CVRD is investigating the option of receiving electronic plans and electronic fee payment.

Inquiries may be directed to

Bylaw enforcement and animal control staff will continue to respond to and investigate bylaw enforcement and dangerous dog complaints, prioritized on their risk to public health and safety.

Inquiries/complaints may be directed to

Parks and trails remain open to the public.

However, park washroom facilities are closed and the public is encouraged to exercise caution when allowing children to use playground equipment.

CVRD parks operations staff will continue to maintain parks, prioritizing matters based on risk to public health and safety.

Inquiries may be directed to

Recreation facilities and community centres remain closed until further notice.

Recreation program and facility rental refunds are being processed.

If paid by credit card, refunds will be issued by credit card with all other original payment forms being refunded by cheque.

More information about the CVRD’s delivery of essential and non-essential services will be communicated as it becomes available, or as service levels are modified.


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