Notices and information

Risk of Landslide - Select locations in Quesnel
Information

The City of Quesnel has ordered a state of local emergency due to the risk of landslide within select areas within Quesnel, including Panorama Ridge and Dragon Hill Road. The state of local emergency allows the city to respond to the threat of land erosion which could potentially result in the destruction of infrastructure & property, and create risks to public safety.

To ensure public safety, residents are being asked to stay away the areas of Panorama Ridge and Dragon Hill Road until further notice due to the potential risk of landslide, and to obey all warning and hazard signs for their own safety and for the safety of City crews.

APRIL 26, 2021 – UPDATE

A geotechnical survey of Panorama Ridge has been completed. The Review included the assessment of the recent land movement observed in the area.

At this time Geotechnical professionals are advising that the residents located in the Panorama Ridge properties are not currently at imminent risk. This could change during the remainder of 2021 freshet, however, and as such, they recommend the Evacuation Alert to be maintained until the groundwater conditions in the area change and the slopes immediately below the escarpment dry and become more stable. The City will follow this advice.

The Evacuation Alert could be changed to an Evacuation Order if further land movement occurs that then places residents in an imminent risk.

The City is currently working to have a geotechnical survey completed for the properties on Dragon Hill Road. The recommendations to landowners will be shared once the review is complete.

The City of Quesnel will provide the landowners of the affected properties updates as they become available.

APRIL 29, 2021 – UPDATE

A geotechnical survey of Dragon Hill Road has been completed. The Review included the assessment of the recent land movement observed in the area.

The Evacuation Alert has now been amended, and some properties can now be taken off of Evacuation Alert.

At this time the geotechnical professionals are advising that the other properties under Evacuation Alert are not currently at imminent risk. This could change during the remainder of 2021 freshet, however, and as such, the geotechnical professionals recommend the Evacuation Alert to be maintained on the properties listed on the new updated map until the groundwater conditions in the area change and the slopes immediately below the escarpment dry and become more stable. The City will follow this advice.

  • Please see the attached map for the list of properties still under Evacuation Alert.

The Evacuation Alert could be changed to an Evacuation Order if further land movement occurs that then places residents in an imminent risk.

The City of Quesnel will provide the landowners of the affected properties updates as they become available.

July 9, 2021 - UPDATE

Effective immediately, the City of Quesnel has lifted the evacuation alert for all City properties on Panorama Ridge and Dragon Hill Road.

An Evacuation Order remains in effect for the properties of 1927 Dragon Hill Road and 505 Panorama Ridge. To ensure public safety, residents are being asked to stay away from these two properties as they are deemed unsafe.

An evacuation alert or order may need to be reissued if conditions worsen in the area.

News Releases

Alerts and orders
  • April 12, 2021 – State of Local Emergency – Panorama Ridge View Map
  • April 12, 2021 – Evacuation Order – Panorama Ridge (one property) View Map
  • April 12, 2021 – Evacuation Alert – Panorama Ridge (multiple properties) View Map
  • April 15, 2021 – State of Local Emergency – Dragon Hill Road View Map
  • April 15, 2021 – Evacuation Order – Dragon Hill Road (one property) View Map
  • April 15, 2021 – Evacuation Alert – Dragon Hill Road (multiple properties) View Map
  • April 29, 2021 – Evacuation Alert – Dragon Hill Road (multiple properties) View Map
  • April 29, 2021 – State of Local Emergency – Dragon Hill Road View Map
  • July 9, 2021 – UPDATED State of Local Emergency – Dragon Hill Road View Map
  • July 9, 2021 – UPDATED State of Local Emergency – Panorama Ridge View Map
  • July 9, 2021 – UPDATED Evacuation Order – Panorama Ridge (one property) View Map
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Information

The City of Quesnel is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in British Columbia. The health and safety of the public and City staff is our top priority.

The City of Quesnel continues to work with internal and external partners, including our local health authority, Northern Health, on a proactive approach to deal with COVID-19.

MASK REQUIREMENTS

Wearing Masks indoors is recommended for those who have not had 2 doses of vaccine as per step 3 of the Provincial Health Orders

For further information about the Provincial Health Orders, please visit the BC Government website.

What the City is doing
  • Reviewing all events and programs.
  • Following all guidelines, as directed by the Provincial Health Officer.
  • Conducting Contact Tracing for any members of the public coming into City Hall for meetings (View "COVID-19 Public Contact Tracing" below for more information). 
  • Increasing cleaning protocols at all City of Quesnel facilities, including public washrooms.
  • Posting signage at all facilities reminding both members of the public and staff to stay away if they are feeling sick.
  • Working to ensure our core City services, such as water, sewer, police, and fire are maintained.
  • Ensuring business critical staff have the right tools should they need to work from home.
  • Working with the business community to assess and understand the economic impact and potential strategies.
  • City employees are being asked to stay home if feeling unwell.
  • Placing signs throughout City Hall, facilities and parks/trails reminding patrons of the importance of physical distancing and following safe hygiene practices.
  • Identifying safe social distancing areas in City Hall, city owned facilities, meeting rooms and general gathering areas. Signage has also been posted in all such locations to identify how many persons can be in the room at one time.
  • Taking additional measures to encourage physical distancing practices in City Hall by posting floor markers and installing plastic screens on public-facing stations.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE LEVEL 1

The City of Quesnel has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to coordinate a local response to the public health issue COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The level one activation allows the City to access support from Emergency Management BC  and collaborate with other organizations such as Northern Health and School District 28.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS

The City is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of all our residents and recognize there are specific considerations for our most vulnerable.

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

The City of Quesnel will continue to implement the preventative measures as directed from the Provincial Health Officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The City of Quesnel would like to encourage residents to access Council Meetings through the City YouTube page as an alternative to attending proceedings in person. Video recordings will be uploaded the day after regularly scheduled Council Meetings.

Agendas are posted to https://www.quesnel.ca/city-hall/council-meetings/agendas-minutes in advance of Council meetings. The public is encouraged to provide any input on agenda items before the Council meeting by writing a letter addressed to City Council. Letters can be sent to City Hall at 410 Kinchant St, Quesnel, BC V2J 7J5 or emailed to cityhall@quesnel.ca.

COVID-19 PUBLIC CONTACT TRACING

As per the Order of the Provincial Health Officer on Gatherings and Events, the City of Quesnel is responsible for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Under this requirement, all members of the public attending Council meetings, Public Hearings, public engagement sessions, or any other meetings with City Employees, Elected Officials, or where the general public is present at City Hall will be required to sign-in and provide contact tracking information.

  • If you are attending a meeting in Council Chambers for a Council meeting, please complete the tracking sheet located on the table in Council Chambers Lobby.  Once completed, please place this document into the ballot box also located on the table in the Council Chambers lobby. 
  • If you are attending a meeting with a City employee and/or an elected official, beyond the front reception counter on the 3rd floor of City Hall, please check in with reception upon your arrival at City Hall where City employees will record your tracking information before you proceed to your meeting.

The City is required to retain this tracking information for 30 days as per the Order. This information is required before attending a meeting and consists of the first and last names, and either a telephone/cell number or email address.  This will provide Public Health with tracking information so that Public Health representatives can contact people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

WHAT IS CONTACT TRACING?

Contact tracing, notification, and follow up is a process that is used to identify, educate and monitor individuals who have had close contact with someone who is infected with a virus. These individuals are at a higher risk of becoming infected and sharing the virus with others. Contact tracing can help individuals who have been in contact with a case of COVID-19 understand their risk and limit further spread of the virus.

Learn more about Contact Tracing

ARTS, RECREATION AND HERITAGE

Arena 2

Please contact 250-992-7125 for more information and for bookings.

Arts and Recreation Centre

Please contact the Quesnel & District Arts and Recreation Centre at 250-992-8200 for more information on programs and room bookings.

Dog Park

Open - Use at your own risk. Remain 2-metres apart at all times.

Indoor Soccer Facility

Please contact the QYSA at 250-992-2223 for more information on programs and bookings.

Museum

Open - Please contact (250) 992-9580 for more informaiton and hours.

Parks and Playgrounds

Open - Use at your own risk. Remain 2-metres apart at all times.
The City of Quesnel will not be cleaning or disinfecting outdoor amenities.

Skate Park

Open - Use at your own risk. Remain 2-metres apart at all times.

Tennis and Pickleball courts

Open - Use at your own risk. Remain 2-metres apart at all times.

Sports Fields

Open - Please contact 250-992-7125 for more information and bookings.

Spray Park

Open - Use at your own risk. Remain 2-metres apart at all times.

Trails

City trail systems are open. Practice social distancing. Remain 2-metres from others.

West Fraser Centre

Walking Track - Open
Facility is Open - please call 250-992-7125 for more information on ice times & bookings.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES

Airport

As of June 28, 2021, the Quesnel Airport's Main Terminal is open to the public. Central Mountain Air has resumed scheduled flights. For more information, visit www.flycma.com.

Bylaw Office

Closed to the public. Bylaw Officers remain on duty and will be following the provincial guidelines with sanitizing and social distancing. Complaints can be made by:

City Hall

Open

Residents and visitors are being urged to limit unnecessary visitation to City Hall, and to utilize alternative methods of communication such as email or phone if possible. Those who must come into City Hall are being asked to continue to follow the directives of the Provincial Health Officer and maintain a physical distance of at least 2-metres from others at all times.

Please utilize online payment options through your bank or drop-off payment in the mailbox at City Hall. City Staff will be following the provincial guidelines with sanitizing and social distancing. City Hall and Bylaw can be reached at 250-992-2111 and Public Works can be reached at 250-992-6330. The following services will be modified:

Please Note – meeting rooms may not be readily available for drop-in visitors. Please phone City Hall at 250-992-2111 for more information.

  • Cemetery bookings – By appointment, please phone City Hall at 250-992-2111.
  • Building Department – Building inspections or inquiries can be made by:
    • Email: buildinginspection@quesnel.ca
    • Phone: 250-991-7461
    • In-person. Please utilize alternative methods of communication such as email or phone if possible.
  • Planning Department – Planning inquiries (signs, development permits, variances, subdivisions, etc.) can be made by
    • Email: developmentservices@quesnel.ca
    • Phone: 250 991-7459
    • In-person. Please utilize alternative methods of communication such as email or phone if possible.

Fire Hall

Closed to the public. Inquiries by phone only at 250-992-5121

HEALTH INFORMATION

BC Centre for Disease Control
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
https://covid19.thrive.health/

BC COVID-19 Test Results
1-833-707-2792  

Northern Health Authority
https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/current-outbreaks

Government of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/a6f23959a8b14bfa989e3cda29297ded

Canadian Mental Health Association
https://cmha.bc.ca/covid-19/

Speak to someone

  • Northern Health COVID-19 information line: 1-844-645-7811
  • BC Health Link information line: 8-1-1
  • Government of Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397

Homemade Mask Information
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/activities/announcements/covid19-notice-home-made-masks.html

IMMUNIZATIONS

Northern Health Vaccine Information

Information on Vaccine Scheduling for our area

COVID-19 Immunization Update – March 5, 2021

On March 1, the Government of BC and Ministry of Health announced the next steps in the Immunize BC COVID-19 immunization plans. Phase 2 of this plan is underway and will continue until April 12, 2021.

All of the information about the immunization strategy and the phased approach can be found on the BCCDC web:

B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. The information on this page is updated frequently and is subject to change based on vaccine availability and the latest COVID-19 data.

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

For more information on what other supports the City is offering, visit the Business Support Team page.

Business Support Team
The Quesnel Business Support Team includes representation from the City of Quesnel, Community Futures North Cariboo, Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce, Quesnel Downtown Association, West Quesnel Business Association, and South Quesnel Business Association. This group has come together on many initiatives in the past, and are currently working together to support local businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information and up to date useful links, visit Community Futures North Cariboo.

Small Business BC
Resources For small businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BC Economic Development Association
Resources for BC Business Guide

NON-PROFIT SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

Red Cross
With funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Canadian Red Cross is making grants available to non-profits across Canada:

Preventing Disease Transmission – Training and equipment program 
Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has partnered with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada to deliver the Emergency Community Support Fund.
Applications may be submitted starting on May 19 until July 27, 2020 for activities occurring between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. 
If you have questions regarding the Emergency Community Support Fund, please contact the Quesnel Community Foundation directly at quesnelcommunityfoundation@gmail.com.

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