Village Office Closed 12:00PM Wednesday March 22

The Village Office is unexpectedly closed until noon today, Wednesday March 22.

We will reopen for regular business at 9:00AM on Thursday March 23.

For Public Works issues, please contact the Public Works Foreman: 250-974-7091

For ICBC Autoplan or Driver Licensing, please contact ICBC: 1-800-328-4484

Hiring: Economic Development Officer


The Village of Alert Bay invites applicants for the position of Economic Development Officer for a contracted period of up to two years.

Alert Bay is on Cormorant Island which is 4.9 km long, and 0.8 km wide at its narrowest point and is located east of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island.  The island is governed by two primary political jurisdictions, 'Namgis First Nation and Village of Alert Bay. The island population is approximately 950 people.

The Cormorant Island Economic Development Officer (EDO) will be responsible for facilitating, promoting, and implementing the Tides of Change Economic Development Strategy, a joint initiative of the Village of Alert Bay and ‘Namgis First Nation. The successful candidate will have proven experience in designing and implementing activities and initiatives that will attract business opportunities to the Island, leading business retention and attraction activities, and supporting local entrepreneurs.

The EDO will report to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village and will take a lead role in working with Council, volunteers, the business community and staff to promote development and diversification opportunities for Cormorant Island.


  1. Implement the Tides of Change Economic Development Strategy, including:

    • Research funding opportunities and availability for harbour redevelopment

    • Coordinate harbour development planning

    • Develop restaurant/retail vitality strategy

    • Initiate business-to-business networking support

    • Initiate artist support

    • Develop strategy to retain and expand core business and services

    • Conduct research to support increased local seafood available on Cormorant Island

    • Coordinate litter removal between public works departments

    • Continue interpretive signage project

    • Support kiosks, community markets, or other business opportunities with low barriers to market entry

    • Develop improved, consistent, branded on-island wayfinding signage

    • Develop a Cormorant Island brand

    • Increase off-island advertising and promotion

    • Develop a joint tourism strategy

  2. Work with the Tides of Change Joint Steering Committee to establish short-term and long-term initiatives and prepare a detailed collaborative work plan.

  3. Network and liaise and maintain active contacts with:

    • Other economic development entities and stakeholders

    • Local business owners and organizations

    • All levels of government

  4. Support the Tides of Change Joint steering committee and sub-committees by providing secretariat support (agendas, minutes, meeting schedules, etc.).

  5. Identify sectoral opportunities for economic development (i.e. marine services, tourism, arts and crafts, and downtown revitalization).

  6. Act as a first point of contact for enquiries regarding economic development.

  7. Identify grant opportunities, research and prepare grant proposals and complete required reporting.

  8. Prepare statistical reports relevant to economic development, monthly activity reports, and reports to Council.

  9. Other duties as assigned by the Chief Administrative Officer.



The EDO would normally attain the required knowledge, skills and attitudes through completion of a Diploma or Degree in Community Economic Development and/or Business Administration combined with related financial experience. Equivalencies will be considered.


  • Two to five years’ experience in the economic development field working in a local government and/or First Nations context.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills

  • Knowledge and experience in budget preparation, work plan preparation and reporting

  • Knowledge of all aspects of economic development including business retention and expansion, business attraction, workforce development, and marketing

  • Ability to deal courteously, tactfully and diplomatically with members of the general public, community and special interest groups and internal and external customers.

  • Strong organizational, time management and project management skills

  • Ability to travel and hold a valid Class 5 drivers license

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.

The EDO position is a full-time contract position. Interested individuals are requested to forward their resume and cover letter in confidence by 4:00 pm on March 21, 2017 to:

By Mail:           

Justin Beadle, CAO

Bag Service 2800
Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0

By email:

For more information on our community, or complete job description please refer to our website at The Village of Alert Bay thanks all applicants for their interest in applying for this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Hiring: Temporary part-time ICBC Autoplan and Drivers Licensing Agent

The Village of Alert Bay is seeking an experienced, temporary part-time ICBC Autoplan/Drivers Licensing Agent.

The successful candidate must have certification in Autoplan Essentials (ICBC) and be familiar with Policy Centre. The candidate must also have certification in Drivers Licensing and have experience with DSCS. We are looking for a knowledgeable insurance professional capable of working independently. Duties will include:

  • Processing transactions in Policy Centre (as well as some in ADC)
  • Processing Drivers Licensing transactions
  • End of day batch processing
  • Ordering supplies
  • Filing

This is a temporary appointment to cover an extended staff absence. Operating hours are Monday - Friday, 12PM - 4PM.

Remuneration starts at $19 per hour plus 14% in lieu of benefits.

Submit cover letter and resume to

New Administrative Staff

The Village of Alert Bay would like to announce the hiring of Amit Sharma as the new Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Officer, and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.  Amit comes to the Village of Alert Bay from the Village of Tahsis, where he served as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for two years.  Amit is originally from Tahsis, and has spent his entire working life on Vancouver Island.  His experience in small communities affords him certain experiences that will be of great use to the Village of Alert Bay.

Amit will make a great addition not only to the Alert Bay Administrative staff, but also to the community.  Please join us in welcoming him to the Village of Alert Bay.

Traffic Safety News Release from Alert Bay RCMP

Media Release:

Traffic Safety

Alert Bay residents may have noticed that a Speed Reader Board has appeared in our community. The speed board was purchased by the Village of Alert Bay in a cost sharing arrangement with ICBC.    

In support of our shared priority of Road Safety, the Village of Alert Bay and the Alert Bay RCMP has launched an educational campaign to remind motorists to practice safe driving. 

This educational program is designed to raise public awareness in relation to the actual speed drivers are traveling. The maximum speed limit for Cormorant Island is 30 km/hr with the exception of the school zone at the T’lisagi’lakw School which is posted at 20 km / hr. 

The ultimate goal of both the Village of Alert Bay and the Alert Bay RCMP is that drivers become more aware of their speed when travelling and adjust accordingly. Adopting this behavior will not only improve the safety of our community but will assist in avoiding fines with the targeted radar enforcement that will occur in the coming weeks.

Over a 3-day period the Speed Reader Board was placed on Larch Street near the Alert Bay Elementary School. During that time, it recorded close to 300 vehicles movements which documented that 85% of vehicles were traveling 9km/h over the posted speed limit. 

The fastest recorded vehicle potentially could have received a $253 dollar fine.

Prepared by,

Tim KENNING, Constable
Alert Bay RCMP

Low Water Pressure Sunday 29-Jan-2017

Residents at higher elevations in the Village might experience low water pressure today. A shed caught fire yesterday evening at a residential property and the Alert Bay Volunteer Fire Department extinguished it (no one injured). The water in the reservoir was depleted to 22' and it must refill to 40' in order to provide the usual amount of water pressure that we're used to.

A heartfelt thanks to the Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response.


The Village Office (municipal administration, ICBC, and Driver Licensing) will be closed all day on Friday, February 10. The office will reopen at 9AM on Tuesday, February 14.

All other municipal services (public works, transfer station, boat harbour, etc.) are open during regular operating hours on Friday, February 10.

Change in the Method of Drywall Disposal in Alert Bay

The Corporation of the Village of Alert Bay (the Village) disposes solid waste at the Regional District of Mount Waddington’s Seven Mile facility. The Village must adhere to the disposal requirements set out by the Regional District.

Seven Mile is an approved asbestos disposal facility. The Village is not. Therefore, the Village will only accept asbestos-free drywall from now own. Individuals must dispose of drywall that contains asbestos at the Seven Mile facility.

The Regional District recognizes three methods by which property owners can validate that drywall waste is asbestos-free:

1. Document proof that the building under consideration was constructed after 1990. This might be confirmed by the Village Office’s property records.

2. The date written on the drywall indicating when it was made. Usually the date of manufacture is printed on the back of the drywall. If doing new construction, retain a piece of date-stamped drywall as evidence that the material is newer than 1990.

3. Letter or report from a Qualified Person vouching that a hazardous material inventory has been conducted and follow-up actions completed to secure any risks.

Should a property owner be unable pass one of these tests, it is assumed that the drywall has asbestos adhered to it. In this case, the Village will not accept the drywall.

The Regional District of Mount Waddington has issued an information sheet here.

The North Island Gazette published this article on the matter.

Thank you,

The Corporation of the Village of Alert Bay

Phone: 250-974-5213
Address: 15 Maple Road
Alert Bay, BC
V0N 1A0

Opportunity to Comment on BC Ferries’ Proposed New Minor Route Vessels

The Office of the British Columbia Ferries Commissioner ("commissioner"), the independent regulator of BC Ferry Services Inc., is seeking public comment on

BC Ferries’ proposal to replace vessels on Route 18 (Powell River-Texada Island) and Route 25 (Port McNeill – Alert Bay - Sointula). BC Ferries has submitted an application under Section 55 of the Coastal Ferry Act seeking the commissioner’s approval of the major capital expenditure to acquire two new minor class vessels.

Read the rest of the announcement here.

CYAL - Patient Transfer Network Data

he BC Patient Transfer Network (BCPTN) replaces BC Bedline as a new provincial service that includes clinical oversight 24/7, improved coordination for inter-facility transfers and better communication between sending/receiving sites ensuring patients throughout B.C. receive appropriate care at the appropriate facility in a more timely and efficient way.

The BCPTN recorded 7 aircraft movements at CYAL (Alert Bay Airport) in 2015 and 7 aircraft movements in 2016.

Christmas Tree Pickup

Island-wide Christmas Tree Pickup will take place on Tuesday, January 10. Ensure that the tree is at the curb by 8:00AM.

Trees may be brought directly to the organic waste pile at the Public Works yard at no cost.

BC Ferries Public Engagement Session


BC Ferries representatives will be hosting a public engagement session on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Alert Bay Community Hall to provide information on a project established to introduce new minor vessels into the fleet.

One of these new vessels, currently titled Minor 44 Class vessels, is planned to be implemented on the Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula route in 2020. Therefore, BC Ferries wishes to provide in...formation on our intentions for performance and capacity of this new class, while hearing ideas and input from the public on preferred customer amenities.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend either session to learn more, dropping in anytime during the 90 minutes allotted to speak with the BC Ferries’ reps present.

For further details on the Minor 44 Class project, please visit:

Citizen/Youth/Group of the Year 2016 - Nomination Forms Available EXTENTION


Nomination forms for Cormorant Island Citizen, Youth, and Community Group of the year are now available. If you know an outstanding community member or group that you would like to nominate this year, please fill out a nomination form and drop it off at the Village Office by December 30th 4:00 PM.

Nomination forms are available in the Village Office lobby or you can download them with the following links:

Citizen of the Year 2016 Nomination Form
Youth Citizen of the Year 2016 Nomination Form
Group of the Year 2016 Nomination Form