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2020-03-27 City undertaking additional staffing changes
Approximately 120 auxiliary recreation staff no longer scheduled for work due to the temporary closure of City recreation facilities will receive lay-off notice today. All City of Abbotsford recreation centres were closed to the public earlier this month to support social distancing and efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
2020-03-26 Open Air Burning Ban Across Abbotsford
Effective today, the City of Abbotsford will be enforcing an Open Air Burning Ban in alignment with Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and other Provincial public health partners. Open air burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province will be in place until Wednesday April 15th, 2020.
2020-03-25 Temporary Staffing Changes - City of Abbotsford
All City of Abbotsford recreation centres were closed to the public earlier this month to support social distancing and efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Temporary staffing changes are now being implemented for fitness and community recreation contractors no longer scheduled for work due to the temporary closure of City recreation facilities.
2020-03-23 All playground structures and skateboard parks closed to the public
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 all City of Abbotsford playground structures and skateboard parks, and all Abbotsford School District playground structures, will be closed to the public until further notice to help in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-03-18 All City facilities now closed to the public
Based on the directions of Federal and Provincial governments and Public Health Authorities, the City of Abbotsford is closing all City facilities to the public to support slowing the spread of COVID-19. In addition to closing all recreation centres earlier this week, City Hall, the Public Works Yard, and front counters at Fire Halls are now closed to the public as of 4:30 p.m. today (March 18, 2020) until further notice, pending any further changes or developments related to COVID-19.
2020-03-16 All Recreation Centres and Non-Essential Facilities Closed
Effective end-of-business today, the City is closing or limiting public access to all city recreation centres and civic-facilities to curb the spread of COVID-19 and focus on providing essential city services. Mastqui and Abbotsford Recreation Centre will be open for day camps only on Tuesday March 17, 2020 to assist parents with finding alternate child-care, but will be fully closed effective Wednesday March 18, 2020.
2020-03-13 Events and or gatherings of people over 250 cancelled or temporarily postponed
On March 12, 2020 the Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health directed the cancellation of all public gatherings of more than 250 people within the Province of British Columbia to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
2020-02-14 Upgrade to Abbotsford Airport Route Celebrated
Travelling has improved to and from the Abbotsford International Airport, thanks to the completed expansion of Mount Lehman Road between Great Northern Avenue and the Abbotsford International Airport.
2020-02-13 Abbotsford Launches Culture Strategy Engagement
Residents are invited to share their thoughts on the role culture plays in Abbotsford to shape the development of a Culture Strategy for the City. Various engagement activities and events will give residents the opportunity to reflect on the cultural assets and services that currently exist, and share their aspirations for the future role of culture in Abbotsford.
2020-01-15 Weather Updates
2019-12-30 Abbotsford International Airport Reaches One Million Passenger Milestone
The Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) has reached the 1 million passenger milestone, announced Mayor Henry Braun today.
2019-12-05 CityStudio students present solutions to civic challenges at City Hall
Students participating in CityStudio Abbotsford showcased their projects to Council, City staff at and representatives from University of the Fraser Valley at City Hall for the 4th CityStudio Abbotsford HUBBUB. CityStudio is a partnership program between the City of Abbotsford and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in which university students tackle civic issues and prototype solutions as part of their university degree program curriculum.
2019-11-12 Residents to provide input on Abbotsford Urban Forestry Strategy
Residents are invited to share their thoughts on managing the City’s urban trees in a new survey that will help to inform the development of the City’s new Urban Forestry Strategy. When the strategy is complete, it will provide a clear direction and long term vision for managing the City’s urban trees.
2019-11-01 Matsqui Regional Park Trail Closure
The Matsqui Regional Park Trail will be closed from Wednesday, November 6th through Friday, November 8th for maintenance. The section of trail affected is between Beharrell Road and Page Road only.
2019-10-29 Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System receives generous donation
The City of Abbotsford has once again received a generous donation of CITYPAK’s from Wolfe Auto Group. This is the third consecutive year that Wolfe Auto Group has made this contribution in our community. The CITYPAK backpacks are designed to support individuals who are experiencing homelessness. CITYPAKs provide a safe, convenient and versatile backpack designed to meet the changing needs of individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
2019-10-19 Ground broken on new clubhouse and community facility at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club
Joined by the board of directors of LGCCS, Mayor Henry Braun officially broke ground on the new 2-storey Ledgeview Clubhouse and community facility. Construction will officially begin this November and the new Clubhouse will feature a 225 seat banquet facility and a large outdoor seating area/deck that will overlook the golf course and provide stunning west facing views of the course and mountains.
2019-10-08 Major Joint US and Canadian Hazardous Materials Emergency Drill
Residents and visitors near the Sumas and Huntingdon Port of Entry will see emergency responders, equipment and simulated response activity in Sumas on October 16, 2019 from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has been planning this Hazardous Materials Emergency Drill for over a year. This drill represents another step forward in building relationships and understanding procedures between United States and Canadian responders.
2019-10-04 Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Marks Fire Prevention Week October 6 – 12
Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – for this year’s campaign to remind people that ‘Not all heroes wear capes’.
2019-10-01 Funding confirmed for flood mitigation on Nooksack River
The City of Abbotsford will receive $250,000 in federal and provincial funding for a project that will address flood mitigation on the Nooksack River.
2019-09-30 Construction set to start for new clubhouse and community facility at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club
Abbotsford City Council and the Ledgeview Golf and Country Club Society (LGCCS) are set to move forward with construction on a new clubhouse facility.
2019-09-16 Downtown Abbotsford Parking Study
The City of Abbotsford is conducting a comprehensive parking study in the Historic Downtown area to understand overall parking concerns, experiences and future needs.
2019-09-10 Abbotsford to welcome hockey royalty for Rogers Hometown Hockey 2019
The City of Abbotsford will be one of 25 communities across Canada to welcome Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on the national Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour starting on October 5th 2019. The tour will be in Abbotsford on December 15th 2019.
2019-07-23 Changes to the Curbside Collection Program
Abbotsford City Council has approved the implementation of a new Solid Waste Operations Master Plan. The new Plan outlines several changes to the curbside collection program to align with Council’s 2019- 2022 Strategic Plan and will provide more efficient delivery of program services, improve worker health and safety, and potentially lead to additional collection services for residents.
2019-07-23 Adventure Playground Planned for Hoon Park
The City of Abbotsford has partnered with Archway Community Services on the development of the Hoon Park Adventure Playground. The existing playground at Hoon Park will be transformed into an inclusive and creative space with natural play elements such as a hillside slide, a log ladder, play berm, log stacks, log balances, and stepping tree stumps.
2019-07-02 Sumas First Nations, Abbotsford and B.C. Partner on Riverbank Restoration
An agreement to be signed this week between Sumas First Nation, Abbotsford and the province heralds a spirit of reconciliation and cooperation and a commitment to proactively address a challenging flood management issue on the south flank of the Fraser River.
2019-06-19 Central Fraser Valley Transit System Service Change
BC Transit, the City of Abbotsford and the District of Mission are notifying customers in the Central Valley Transit System of a service change effective June 30, 2019.
2019-06-14 Abbotsford endorses new strategy to 'green' vehicle fleet
Abbotsford City Council endorsed an ambitious new Green Fleet Strategy for all City of Abbotsford vehicles, announced Mayor Henry Braun today.
2019-06-12 Abbotsford enters 'Circle of Excellence' national Communities in Bloom program
After being awarded the ‘5 Bloom Community’ from the Canadian Communities in Bloom Program, the City of Abbotsford has now entered the ‘Circle of Excellence’ in the national program announced Mayor Henry Braun today.
2019-06-11 Dr. Andy Singh awarded the Order of Abbotsford 2019
The recipient of the 2019 Order of Abbotsford is community and cultural bridge builder Dr. Andy Singh Sidhu announced Mayor Henry Braun today. Raised in multi-cultural Malaysia, Andy Sidhu came to Abbotsford in 1974 as a member of the Sikh diaspora. He brought with him an understanding of the challenges and the opportunities of living in a multi-cultural context. With imagination, skill and vigour, he has used his experience and skills to be a community and cultural bridge builder in the City of Abbotsford.
2019-06-10 Fraser Valley Bandits, Tourism Abbotsford, the City of Abbotsford and Spectra to Host Free Viewing Party at the Abbotsford Centre For Game 5 of the NBA Finals Tonight
2019-06-10 City of Abbotsford vies for Global Intelligent Community Designation
2019-06-07 Historic Jubilee Park reopens after significant improvements
After significant improvements, Jubilee Park in Historic Downtown Abbotsford has officially re-opened to the public announced Mayor Henry Braun today. The Jubilee Park project began in 2018 and has included upgrades to enhance safety, improve visibility, and increase parking.
2019-05-21 Neighbourhood Spirit Grant Successful Recipients
The City of Abbotsford is pleased to announce the 2018 Neighborhood Spirit Grant Recipients for 2019. The Neighbourhood Spirit Grant program is a partnership between The City of Abbotsford, Vancouver Foundation, and the Abbotsford Community Foundation.
2019-05-15 Residents voice their satisfaction with quality of life and city services in Abbotsford
Over 1, 475 residents shared their views in Abbotsford’s first ever comprehensive quality of life survey. Through May and August, residents provided insights on internationally recognized quality of life indicators to develop a baseline measure of community sentiments. These results will be compared to future quality of life surveys to measure progress on the indicators.
2019-05-06 City Launches New Engagement Portal for Residents Lets Talk Abbotsford
The City of Abbotsford has launched a new innovative engagement platform, Let’s Talk Abbotsford, for the public to provide feedback and stay up to date on City projects.
2019-05-03 Abbotsford Emergency Preparedness Week
The City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford Emergency Program are geared up to help residents prepare for an emergency during Emergency Preparedness Week from May 6-1, 2019.
2019-04-18 City of Abbotsford Collaborates with ICBC on road safety in school zones
The City of Abbotsford, with support from ICBC, has recently installed reflective road panels in school zones to improve road safety in our community.
2019-04-16 Council Approves Tax Update
Council authorized a lower than anticipated property tax rate on Monday for the 2019 budget as part of the 2019-2023 Financial Plan.
2019-04-05 BC Government New Release - Doors Open to New Homes for People in Need in Abbotsford
New modular homes with around-the-clock staffing and services in Abbotsford will offer hope to people experiencing homelessness.
2019-04-04 CityStudio Abbotsford Projects Showcased at HUBBUB
Students participating in CityStudio Abbotsford showcased their projects to Mayor and Council as well as City staff at City Hall today.
2019-04-02 Community Clean-up Week Beautifies Neighbourhoods
Abbotsford residents are encouraged to pick litter up around their workplace, school, community trails and streets during Community Clean-Up Week from April 15 - 21, 2019. Residents can volunteer their time to help beautify their neighbourhood and do their part for Earth Day.
2019-03-15 Abbotsford Community Hub recognized with Cultural Diversity Award
The Abbotsford Community Hub Centre was awarded the ‘Innovative Initiative Award’ last night for providing respectful delivery of integrated health, housing and social supports for vulnerable populations at the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards, organized by Abbotsford Community Services.
2019-02-11 Winter Weather Community Updates
Recent winds and sub-zero temperatures have impacted roads, parks, and electricity across Abbotsford. All City parks and trails have been temporarily closed due to current weather conditions. Residents are reminded to use caution in icy conditions and to refrain from ice skating and/or walking on frozen ponds and lakes as it is extremely hazardous
2019-02-11 City of Abbotsford Recognized Internationally as One of the Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities in the World
The City of Abbotsford has been recognized by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) as one of the world’s Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2019
2019-01-24 Groundbreaking Ceremony to Celebrate Transit Improvements for Central Fraser Valley
Construction will soon be underway for the new Central Fraser Valley Transit Maintenance and Operations Facility in Abbotsford. When complete, the site will include parking for 92 buses with the ability to expand to 150 in the future. The site will also include seven vehicle maintenance bays, administrative building and onsite bus wash and fueling facilities. A Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station is incorporated into the design, which will enable the Central Fraser Valley to integrate CNG buses into their fleet. CNG buses are quieter and cleaner burning than diesel buses and create additional operational cost savings.
2019-01-23 New Pedestrian Bridge Open to Public
The new Salton Road Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge is officially open to the public.
2019-01-08 Record Setting Year at Abbotsford International Airport