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.

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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.

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Mayor John MacDonald
Village of Sayward





2016 Watering Restrictions

Watering Restrictions

The Village of Sayward is implementing watering restrictions. Authority to restrict water usage is set out in Water Regulation Bylaw No. 391.

The following water restrictions are effective from June 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016:

  1. No watering between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  2. Even Numbered Homes, Apartment and Condo Buildings, Mobile Homes, etc.
    Residences with address numbers ending in an even number (e.g. 110 Dyer Dr.) – Watering is allowed on even days of the month (June 2, 4, 6, etc.).
  3. Odd Numbered Homes, Apartment and Condo Buildings, Mobile Homes, etc.
    Residences with address numbers ending in an odd number (e.g. 111 Dyer Dr.) – Watering is allowed on odd days of the month (June 1, 3, 5, etc.).

These restrictions are intended to ensure that ALL residents receive an adequate supply of water throughout the summer months and that sufficient reserve supplies are available should they be required for emergency fire fighting purposes.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking lot, driveway, and car washing is only permitted during your designated days before 10:00 am and after 4:00 pm.

Your cooperation is appreciated. Should you have any questions or require any assistance, please call:

Darren Kiedyk, CAO
(250) 282-5512



TELUS Extending High-Speed Cellular to Village of Sayward in 2016

Cellular Service in Sayward

TELUS and the British Columbia Government have confirmed that high-speed cellular service will be extended to the Village of Sayward and parts of Sayward Road in 2016.

TELUS is investing approximately $400,000 as part of the Connecting British Columbia Agreement (CBCA), an innovative partnership between the provincial government and TELUS. Under the CBCA, the extended cellular service is being provided to our community at no additional cost to taxpayers.

View TELUS’s letter to Mayor MacDonald and Council




Water Treatment Facility Funding Announcement

Water Treatment Facility Funding Announcement

News Release

For Immediate 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.

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View Water Treatment Plant – Backgrounder Strategic Priorities Fund Document