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Media Releases 2020


2020-11-12 City to hosts 6th Annual ‘Involve Symposium’ Virtually
The City of Abbotsford is going virtual to host its sixth annual Involve Abbotsford Symposium on November 19th 2020. This event provides a unique training and networking opportunity to help local non-profit, sports, arts, and social service organizations develop skills, build their capacity and network with others in their sector. The Involve Symposium is free to register. This year’s focus will be on ‘Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity’ as well as ‘Self Care in the Time of a Global Pandemic.’
2020-11-10 Changes to Curbside Collection Begin April 2021
The new automated curbside collection program will be rolling out to Abbotsford residents beginning April 2021. Last summer, City Council approved the implementation of a new Solid Waste Operations Master Plan which outlined changes to the curbside collection program to align with Council’s 2019- 2022 Strategic Plan. This new collection program will see a switch to fully automated collection for all three streams of waste: recycling, compostables and garbage.
2020-11-05 City of Abbotsford receives more than $8M in provincial funds for COVID recovery
The City of Abbotsford has received an $8,338,000 grant from the Provincial government under the COVID‐19 Safe Restart Grants for Local Governments program. The funding is part of the $540 million of joint federal/provincial spending announced by the Province in September. The grant was provided to the City to assist with increased operating costs and lower revenue due to COVID‐19.
2020-10-20 Community organizations team up for Halloween Event
Tradex, Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival, Unitech Construction Management, Abbotsford Tech District and the City of Abbotsford are teaming up for a ‘Truck-or-Treat’ Drive-Thru Event for Abbotsford residents on October 31st to spark community engagement and connection.
2020-10-15 Abbotsford part of B.C. Urban Mayors Caucus seeking Provincial support for local infrastructure
The B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus once again called on all provincial parties today to commit the next government to allocating at least $1-billion annually from a share of B.C.’s economic growth directly to local governments so that they can build much-needed infrastructure projects required for 21st century cities.
2020-10-15 BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus Ask for 1 Billion Dollar Commitment From Provincial Parties
Today, the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus (BCUMC) is calling on the next government to unconditionally allocate at least $1 billion annually from a share of B.C.’s economic growth directly to local governments so that they can build much needed infrastructure projects required for 21st century cities.
2020-09-14 Newly Renovated Centennial Building Opens in Historic Downtown Abbotsford
The new home for the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association, Tourism Abbotsford, UFV CityStudio, and Banter Ice Cream has officially opened in the renovated Centennial Building in Historic Downtown Abbotsford, announced Mayor Henry Braun today.
2020-08-29 Joint Statement from City of Abbotsford and Fraser Health - Community Safety During COVID-19
The City of Abbotsford and Fraser Health are reminding residents to ensure they are practicing physical distancing, hygiene protocols, and following the advice of Dr. Henry and our health authorities after the high numbers of local COVID-19 cases were released by the Province this week.
2020-08-18 Projects Addressing Social Isolation Funded through Responsive Neighbourhood Grants
The successful recipients of the Responsive Neighbourhood Grants have been selected for the spring/summer cycle, totaling $3,665 in project funding to date.
2020-08-13 Abbotsford Police Warn of Water Quality Scam
The Abbotsford Police Department warn our citizens that if you receive a phone call in which a recorded message advises that the City of Abbotsford is offering free water quality testing, this is a SCAM.
2020-08-12 Agricultural Land Use Inventories
To support the long-term viability of the farming industry, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC are working together to complete an Agricultural Land Use Inventory (ALUI) for the City of Abbotsford. The project will update information gathered in 2012.
2020-08-11 Water Quality Information Update
The City of Abbotsford is advising residents that some people may experience an unusual smell in their tap water over the next few days, however, they can be aware that it is not a health concern and our water continues to meet or exceed Provincial water quality standards.
2020-07-22 Safe and Gradual Re-opening of City Recreation Spaces
The pool and arena at Matsqui Recreation Centre will re-open on August 10th for modified swimming activities such as lane swim, aqua fit, public swim and private arena bookings. MSA Arena will also re-open on August 17th for private bookings. All other indoor recreation amenities remain closed, including fitness centres and Abbotsford Recreation Centre. The City of Abbotsford continues to prioritize re-opening through a safe and gradual approach in alignment with the Province of British Columbia’s Restart Plan. The re-opening of City amenities will be fluid and align with any and all new directives provided by the Provincial Health Officer.
2020-07-21 City seeking community input on Social Development Infrastructure Study and COVID-19 recovery
The City of Abbotsford has partnered with Helpseeker, a leading Canadian social enterprise with expertise in social planning, to tackle persistent and emerging community and social issues. Input is required from community members to help shape the City’s Community Social Development Infrastructure Study and its key policies; particularly during the COVID-19 recovery. A survey will be available until August 15, 2020.
2020-07-14 Free Summer Programs to Keep Residents Active & Connected
The City of Abbotsford has initiated a variety of FREE summer programs for the 2020 recreation season including outdoor fitness classes, outdoor sports programs, Culture Kits, and Volunteer Programs. Low cost summer camps for children 6-12 are also available.
2020-07-06 City Hall Re-opens for Scheduled Appointments
Abbotsford City Hall is now taking bookings for appointments for in-person meetings with staff. Physical distancing requirements are in place for the building and visitors will need to follow protocols when arriving for scheduled appointments. Appointments can be made for selected services and must be made prior to coming to City Hall with the appropriate department.
2020-06-23 Gerda Fandrich Named 2020 Order of Abbotsford Recipient
The recipient of the 2020 Order of Abbotsford is Gerda Fandrich for her deep commitment to public service, passion for education and fostering the next generation.
2020-06-23 3 New Park Improvements open for Abbotsford Residents
Abbotsford residents can now enjoy enhanced outdoor recreation opportunities with the completion of three park improvement projects.
2020-06-19 Changes to Summer Aquatics Amenities
The City of Abbotsford has re-opened many outdoor recreation facilities in alignment with the Province of British Columbia’s Re-start Plan, however, the Centennial Outdoor Pool will not be re-opening for Summer 2020.
2020-06-18 Outdoor Sport fields re-open today for bookings
Abbotsford’s outdoor sports fields have re-opened for public and user group bookings today. User groups who make bookings from now until August 19, 2020 will receive a new Facility Use License (“FUL”). The FUL will require user groups to have a COVID-19 Safety plan in place and confirm that activities conform with the City of Abbotsford’s “Return to Recreation’ guidelines.
2020-06-11 Opposition to Racism, Discrimination, and Intolerance
As one of the most diverse communities in Canada, we recognize that Abbotsford residents have their own lived experiences and challenges. We stand with our community members and want to work alongside you. We know that diversity is our strength, and now, more than ever, we must commit to an end to all forms of racism in our community.
2020-06-11 Abbotsford Spray Parks to Re-open June 13
Abbotsford’s spray parks will be open with new community safety protocols on June 13. The re-openings includes Mill Lake Park, Shadbolt Park and Spud Murphy Park.
2020-06-08 Abbotsford Celebrates Seniors Week
Abbotsford celebrated BC Seniors Week over the first week of June to recognize the contribution of seniors to our community.
2020-05-29 Playgrounds Will be Re-opened Starting June 1, 2020
The City of Abbotsford will start re-opening playgrounds, starting Monday June 1. With over 70 playgrounds across Abbotsford, re-opening may take a few days to be completed. Residents are asked to wait to use the playgrounds until staff can fully remove the caution tape and put up safety signage.
2020-05-26 Celebrate Canada Celebrate Community
On July 1st the City of Abbotsford will be launching a month long Virtual Canada Day celebration in place of the traditional community celebration held at Rotary Stadium. The celebration may look a bit different this year, but Canada Day favourites can be enjoyed from the comfort of home! The City is continuing to work with local artists and community partners to put together an online program, for residents to “Learn”, “Watch”, and “Play” and will continue to promote cultural diversity as well as arts and heritage in our community.
2020-05-19 Return of Some City Services
The City of Abbotsford will be starting to re-open outdoor recreational spaces starting May 19th. Sport courts including tennis, pickleball, basketball and skate parks will be re-opened with new safety guidelines in place. Park users must still maintain physical distancing of 2 metres as directed by the Provincial Health Officer, and adhere to all signage posted in the parks.
2020-04-30 Helpseeker App connects people to various services and supports
A new tool is available to connect people in need of services and resources with the many service providers operating across Abbotsford. Helpseeker is a free and private location-based help service network that allows people to find the closest, most relevant service to meet their needs. It can be used directly through the @Abbotsford City Services App.
2020-04-23 New Emergency Response Centre in Abbotsford
A new Emergency Response Centre (ERC) will be opening in Abbotsford to support vulnerable individuals with support from BC Housing and Fraser Health. The Centre will be operated by Lookout Housing & Health Society at the Bakerview Mennonite Brethren Church (Clearbrook Road) and individuals will be referred and supported through Fraser Health.
2020-04-22 Open Air Burning Ban in Place
The City of Abbotsford will be continuing the implementation and enforcement of the Open Air Burning Ban in alignment with the Province of British Columbia.
2020-04-21 Engagement Opportunity for Eagle Mountain Park and Elementary School
The Government of BC recently approved funding to the Abbotsford School District for a new elementary school next to Eagle Mountain Park. The District is currently in the planning stage for construction and the School is proposed to open in September 2022.
2020-04-20 Abbotsford Celebrates National Volunteer Week
Abbotsford is celebrating National Volunteer Week; an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power that volunteers bring to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.
2020-04-14 Utility Bill deadline and other license dates extended
The deadline for paying the water and sewer utility bill from January-February 2020 has been extended from April 25 2020 to May 25 2020. In the normal course of business, customers have 30 days to pay the utility bill to receive a 5% on-time payment discount. In light of current events and financial uncertainty for many residents and local businesses, this one-month extension allows customers 60 days to receive the 5% on-time payment discount.
2020-04-02 #AbbyCares online resource to keep people connected
The City of Abbotsford is proud to launch a new online resource to keep residents connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. #AbbyCares is a selection of online resources to support the community, businesses, families, youth, seniors and children while we are physically distanced. #AbbyCares will provide an online place for community to gather while the Abbotsford and Matsqui Recreation Centres are temporarily closed to the public.
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