SD72 Invites Community to Participate in Sayward School Survey

Sayward School Survey

School District 72’s Board of Education is inviting Sayward community members to participate in a survey about Sayward School. The survey will be open for responses from February 1 until February 16 at 5 p.m

The school district and the board would like to hear your suggestions, concerns, interests and questions about the school as part of their review of rural school facility use and 10-year facility plan.

For more information, and to complete the survey, please click here.



Boil Water Advisory LIFTED – January 26, 2018

Boil Water Advisory [Image © Can Balcioglu -]

UPDATE January 26, 2018:  After consultation with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and upon reviewing the results of the last two biological tests of our domestic drinking water, it has been concluded that our water is now safe for regular consumption. As a result, the Boil Water Advisory has now been rescinded.

January 2018:  In consultation with Island Health, the Village of Sayward Public Works Department is issuing a BOIL WATER ADVISORY until further notice.

For more information, please see the Public Works & Engineering page.


Kelsey Centre Pool Has Now Re-Opened

Swimming Pool at the Kelsey Recreation Centre

Repairs have been completed – thank you for your patience!

All programs offer FREE admission on Sunday, October 15, 2017, including the Weight Room, Zumba, and all pool programs:

Aquacise – 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Zumba – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Swimming – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Weight Room – 11:45 am to 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact the Kelsey Centre at 250-282-5500.



Water Treatment Facility Funding Announcement (2017 Update)

Water Treatment Facility Funding Announcement

Good day

We have been receiving inquiries about the signage that has gone up at the bottom of M Branch which advertises the Water Treatment Plant Project announced last year. To refresh everyone’s recollection, here is a summary of the original public release.

Village of Sayward receives federal Gas Tax Fund contribution for the Village of Sayward Water Treatment Facility.

February 12, 2016  – Sayward, BC

The Village of Sayward is extremely happy to announce that it will be receiving a federal Gas Tax Fund contribution for its new water treatment facility.

The addition of a water treatment facility, complete with filtration and a new water storage reservoir will enable the Village of Sayward to comply with the Health Authority’s surface water treatment objectives and provide safe drinking water to the community well into the future.

Pilot testing of the various water treatment options will begin in early spring, followed by detailed project design and then construction. It is anticipated that construction of the water treatment facility will commence in the fall of 2016.

Quick Facts

  • The Village of Sayward Water Treatment Facility is receiving $2,922,750 from the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • The project is 100% funded by the grant and is expected to be complete by Spring 2018.
  • This project is one of the 57 projects that are being funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund under the Federal Gas Tax Fund for 2016.
  • Water treatment includes flocculation and filter processes to get rid of organic materials coupled with chlorine dosing.

Construction of a new water treatment facility is Council’s number one priority, now that funding has been secured for this project, residents of the Village of Sayward can look forward to reliable and safe drinking water well into the future. On behalf of the residents of the Village of Sayward I would like to thank our federal and provincial government partners for their support of this important infrastructure project

John MacDonald, Mayor, Village of Sayward

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit:

To learn more about other projects recently announced under the Strategic Priorities Fund visit:

For updates on this important project please visit the Village of Sayward website at:


John France, CAO
Village of Sayward
(250) 282-5512

Mayor John MacDonald
Village of Sayward
(250) 282-5512




DATE CHANGE – Council Meeting June 20, 2017

Council Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE of a change in date for the June 20, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

The new meeting date is WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017, at 2:30 PM in Council Chambers, Village of Sayward Municipal Office.

A copy of the Council Meeting Agenda will be available for public review at the Village Municipal Office on Friday afternoon June 23, 2017 during normal business hours.

John France, CAO/CFO

PUBLIC NOTICE of Date Change for June 20, 2017 Council Meeting




CSWM Launches Illegal Dumping Prevention Program

Illegal Dumping [Image © perkele022 -]

Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) has launched a new program aimed at preventing illegal dumping across the region. Illegal dumping is a growing problem in the CSWM service area with more than 500 illegal dump sites documented since 2012. Illegal dumping harms the environment and can have serious, long-lasting impacts on our region.

As part of the program, two educational videos have been created to illustrate what constitutes illegal dumping, how it is posing a threat to our region and how to report an illegal dumper. The videos will be shared via social media and are available online at

Read the full press release here.




Totem Pole Unveiling Ceremony

Totem Pole Unveiling Ceremony

Please join the K’omoks First Nation and the Village of Sayward on Friday, March 24, 2017, for a Totem Pole Unveiling Ceremony.

The Ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the southeast end of the Village pond. There will be a traditional First Nation welcome dance, a blessing, and a First Nation ladies dance followed by speeches.

Lunch will follow the ceremony at 12:00 p.m. at the Kelsey Recreation Centre.

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SRD Launches Regional Wood Stove Exchange Pilot Program

Wood Stove Exchange Pilot Program

For the first time, residents of the Strathcona Regional District will be eligible to receive a $250 rebate when they change out their old wood stoves with newer, low-emission appliances as part of a new regional wood stove exchange program. The regional district is offering 26 exchange program rebates available on a first-come, first-serve basis to people who reside in the villages of Gold River, Sayward, Tahsis and Zeballos and the four electoral areas.

Read full news release:

SRD Launches Regional Wood Stove Exchange Pilot Program




Sayward Says Farewell to CAO

Darren Kiedyk

December 23, 2016

The Village of Sayward is saying goodbye to Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darren Kiedyk. After five years at the Village helm, Kiedyk will move south to the City of Langford where he will assume the position of Deputy CAO on January 30, 2017.

Since joining the Village of Sayward in March 2012, Kiedyk was instrumental in moving several notable projects forward, including the Sayward Beautification project and several infrastructure upgrades to the Kelsey Recreation Centre, parks and trails, the public works yard, Newcastle Creek dam and the water system.  His work with the Kelsey Bay Organics Ltd., the Sayward Harbour Authority and the Department of Fisheries helped kick-start the redevelopment of Sayward’s working waterfront.

“Darren played a key role in helping shape the vision of our community,” says Mayor John MacDonald. “He worked tirelessly to build relationships with our First Nation neighbours, to help enhance our community as a tourism destination, and to secure cellular service and improve internet services. Darren has always had the best interest of the community at heart, and worked closely with local business owners to support their success. One of Darren’s main objectives was to see the Village and the Sayward Valley as one community, and he worked diligently to achieve that goal. On behalf of the Village Council and staff, I thank him for his years of service and many contributions to our community, and wish him much success in his new position.”

The village has started a search for Kiedyk’s replacement. His last day on the job will be January 27, 2017.

Media contact:

Mayor John MacDonald
Village of Sayward