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CityViews Winter 2018

December 2018

Council set to deliberate City's budget on Thursday

Budget 2019 CityViews

The City's 2019 Financial Plan is now available for review online. On Thursday, Dec. 13, Council will deliberate the provisional 2019 Budget at an all-day Meeting starting at 9 a.m. 

This year's budget highlights the City’s adoption of the Imagine Kelowna vision into the work we do by delivering on a number of the principles’ goals: embracing diverse transportation options, creating great public spaces that bring people together, being resilient in the face of climate change, and building healthy neighbourhoods that support a variety of households. 

The 2019 Financial Plan proposes an overall taxation increase of 4.40 per cent, of which 2.45 per cent is the general municipal tax rate increase and 1.95 per cent is for the introduction of an infrastructure levy which will be part of the 2019 and 2020 budget cycles. As proposed, this would result in an $88 increase for the average single-detached home in Kelowna with an assessed value of $682,260, or $7.30 per month. The final tax rate increase will be set in April 2019, following final review of requests by City Council.

For more information about the City’s budget process, visit On Dec. 13, join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #kelownabudget and tune-in to Castanet's live Council feed to hear the deliberations.

Snows out, plows and shovels out

Snow clearing 2018

Snowy winters unite us as Canadians. Together we can make sure safe access is provided for all when the snow falls. Let’s get through the snowy season together by making the following pledges:

After a snow fall, the City will:

  • Deploy its 26 snow plow trucks to clear snow throughout the city
  • Clear snow and de-ice approximately 1,639 km of municipal lane based on priority status
  • Clear snow from City property sidewalks and active transportation corridors like the Okanagan Rail Trail with our eight sidewalk plows

As a resident you can contribute by:

  • Moving parked vehicles off the roads to accommodate swift and efficient plowing
  • Being patient as roads are cleared based on priority status
  • Signing-up for the Snow Routes e-subscribe channel if you’re on a snow route.
  • Clearing your driveways and sidewalks fronting your property
  • Consider becoming a Snow Angel by helping a neighbour out

For more information about snow removal and priority routes, please visit

Skating and winter fun in the city

New York New Year skating Stuart Park

Skate your way into fun this season! Lace-up at the free Stuart Park ice rink, open daily from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., weather permitting. Check conditions and maintenance on the still-image webcam before you head out. Skate, helmet, and EZ bar rentals are available on site from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., with the exception of a 6 p.m. closure on Christmas Eve and full closure on Christmas Day.

You can also check out the public skating at three indoor rinks in Kelowna. Rutland Arena, Capital News Centre, and Memorial Arena offer skating for the whole family. Make sure to check the skating schedule before you go.

We're a four-season playground. You can snowshoe, hike and take in the views on many of the Active by Nature trails. View this video to get inspired to get outdoors.

Save the date for these fun festive family events:

'Tis the sason to stay on top of safety

holiday don't be an easy target

As we head into the festive season, the City’s safety agencies are offering residents 12 safety tips to help keep the holidays merry and safe for all. 

You can reduce the risk of injury, fire, and take an active role in crime prevention by following a few tips provided by the Kelowna Fire Department, Bylaw Services and the Kelowna RCMP and Crime Prevention teams.

 Holiday safety tips:

  1. Be merry and bright, but not on fire: keep candles out of reach of kids, pets and off of trees
  2. Stay on the nice list: when parking, avoid blocking residential and commercial driveways
  3. Don’t let your car throw snowballs: brush snow off the roof, windows, windshield and lights
  4. Get home safely for the holidays, never drink and drive. Plan for a safe ride by giving your keys to your host, taking transit or calling a cab
  5. Grinch-proof your car to prevent theft and fraud: lock doors and don’t leave valuables inside. A minute is all it takes for a crime of opportunity to take place.

Read the rest of the 12 holiday safety tips online

Be sure to tune in to our Facebook Lives for additional holiday safety tips on Wednesday Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. and also on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

To learn more about safety in our community, visit

Winter Activity & Program Guide

Winter activity guide 2018

Get active and stay active this winter: browse the Winter Activity & Program Guide, now available online.

General registration opened today (Dec.11). Additional registration dates are:

  • Dec.12 at 7:30 a.m. - Sports leagues
  • Dec.13 at 7:30 a.m. - Aquatics and First Aid
  • Dec.14 at 7:30 a.m. - Programs for persons with diverse abilities

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