Category : Community Notices & Public Service Announcements


In preparation for the work to commence on the Middletown – Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements project, Fiorentino Bros Contracting Ltd will soon be burning the remaining slash piles from the 2017 clearing for BC Hydro’s Access Trail.  As such, there will be smoke created, and we ask residents not to be alarmed.


The District of Sparwood and Ktunaxa Nation are collaborating to host a Community to Community Forum for representatives from local government within QUKIN ʔAMAKʔIS (Raven’s Land). This is the first event of its kind in the Elk Valley where leaders from Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, the Regional District of East Kootenay and the Ktunaxa Nation will gather to explore what reconciliation means to them.

View the media release here.

Garbage Pickup - Easter Holiday Break

Due to the two statutory holidays, Good Friday and Easter Monday, there will be no garbage pickup scheduled. Garbage that would normally be picked up on Friday, March 30th will be picked up on Thursday, March 29th and garbage that would normally be picked up on Monday, April 2nd will be picked up on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Special Council Meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018

Special meeting to consider adoption of bylaw amendment to increase garbage volume limit and award contract for residential waste collection.

Municipal Land Disposition Info-Sheet

The District of Sparwood has created an information sheet on municipal land disposition. Please review the blog post for full details.

Annual Vacancy Rate and Building Permit Reports Released

District staff have released the annual Vacancy Rate Report and Building Permit Reports. These reports detail the current residential vacancy rate and building permits issued in the previous year.

Spring Break Pool Schedule 2018

The Spring Break Recreation Schedule is now available online. Check out the Swim Schedule & Spring Break Swim Lessons.

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Interior BC Ranges

Special Public Avalanche Warning in effect immediately until the end of the day Monday, February 12, 2018.

Avalanche Canada issued a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, in effect immediately until the end of the day Monday, February 12. The warning applies to the following regions: Lizard Range & Flathead, South Rockies, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South & North Columbia, Cariboos, and North Rockies. For a map of the regions involved, click here.

2018-2022 Financial Plan Public Open House

If you live in Sparwood, you are invited to a Public Budget Consultation Meeting that will be held to discuss the District’s Financial Plan for the next five years. Council invites and encourages the public to attend and provide feedback that will assist Council in setting priorities for our community.

This event occurred on Tuesday, February 27th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Council Chambers.

Click here to view the 2018-2022 Financial Plan Presentation Slides.

Winter Storm Warning for Elk Valley

Environment Canada has just issued a snowfall warning for the East Kootenay (including Cranbrook/Kimberley and Columbia Valley) and an Winter Storm Warning for the Elk Valley.

The latest status and details on all alerts, can be found here:

Notice of Half-Masting

The Sparwood Fire Service would like to send our condolences to Captain Murrell’s family and our Brother Fire Fighters at the Cranbrook Fire Department.

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Death of Captain Clayton Murrell from the Cranbrook Fire Department, British Columbia, who passed away on February 3, 2018 as the result of a motor vehicle incident. Captain Murrell was a 25-year member with the Cranbrook Fire Department.

Mailing Addresses

Are you receiving your mail from the District of Sparwood? If not, we may have an incorrect mailing address for you.

Email us at or come into the Municipal Office (136 Spruce Ave) today to update your information!

BC Family Day Garbage Pickup

Please note that there will be no garbage pickup on the BC Family Day statutory holiday - Monday, February 12th, 2018. Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will instead be picked up on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.

"2018 Utilities - Pay Early and Save" Discount offer ends January 31, 2018

Please note that the Total 2018 Rate for Apartment/Strata Condo** on the back of your utility bills does NOT include your Garbage rate. Please contact our office at 250-425-6271 to get the correct rate for your property if paying for the year.

Municipal Land Disposition Policy

At their meeting on December 18, 2017, Council of the District of Sparwood adopted a new policy, the Municipal Land Disposition Policy, to guide decisions about the sale of municipal land. This policy specifically applies to cases where property owners submit a request to the District to purchase adjacent municipal land.

2018 Utilities - Pay Early and Save!

Section 6 (a) and (b) of the Utility and Solid Waste Management Bylaw 1014, 2009 enables the District of Sparwood to apply a discount for property owners on water, sewer and garbage rates when making a payment in January or before the end of each quarter.

Click here for more information.

Request for Proposals: Sparwood Floodplain Risk Assessment

The District of Sparwood has uploaded a Request for Proposals (RFP) to BC Bid. This RFP is for Floodplain Risk Assessment, Mapping and Mitigation. Please visit BC Bid for full details or read the full blog post on our website here.

Media Release: Middletown Contract Awarded

December 11th, 2017, the District of Sparwood Council awarded the Middletown Crossing - Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements.

Click here to read the media release.

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Changes to the Light Industrial M-1 Zone

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, to consider a proposed amendment to the District of Sparwood “Zoning Bylaw No. 264 1981”.

In general terms, Bylaw 1213 cited as "Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981 Amendment Bylaw 1213, 2017” will remove offices as a principal use in the Light Industrial zone. Offices will still be permitted as accessory uses. This will not prohibit any existing office uses in this zone from continuing to exist.

Please review the entire blog post for more information.

Capital Budget Discussions Tonight

Council will be discussing the proposed capital budget expenditures for the 2018-2022 Financial Plan (the “Plan”) at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7pm in Council Chambers. They will have the opportunity to review and adjust the Plan to ensure that it is in line with their strategic goals and objectives.