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Homes at Last: The Small Communities Initiative

August 25, 2021  |  News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on Homes at Last: The Small Communities Initiative

New Commons Development is a partner in the affordable housing project being planned for 602 Slocan Avenue in New Denver. Take a look at this short film about housing, released by New Commons Development and featuring New Denver, Kaslo, and the District of Sparwood.

Below is the YouTube video description, posted July 13, 2021:

The pressure for housing in small cities is growing. In the last year, the pandemic has caused many people to consider or explore moving to a smaller community. There’s one big problem, though – access to housing is extremely restricted in rural communities.

Newcomers will find a shortage of housing or potentially push out locals who will have nowhere else to go. Small towns also historically don’t have a lot of housing built there and tend to go boom and bust. Development there for real estate is scarce.

Here are snapshots of three small communities around BC and their struggles with housing and building and managing their town’s population and needs.

There is a dire need for affordable housing projects in rural communities. If built, it would serve a multitude of communities in need. For 1), seniors will not be displaced and can age in place. 2) it can offer respite for women fleeing violence. Three – it allows local workers to live and work in the same community. + 3) more people can move to rural communities from urban centres.

The government has understood how important it is to take action and build new developments, in a way that is affordable for residents. This exciting new partnership has developed three projects, located across BC.

This program offers not only funding, but strategic partnership as well. Through the help of an organization called New Commons Development, these rural communities will receive support from the specialists needed to build housing. This spans architects, construction companies, financial managers, etc. Together with local volunteers, these partners can work together to create much needed housing.

Here are the solutions and approach that New Commons Development took to solve this problem. With their assistance, all these issues and needs have been met. We are thrilled to have these buildings go up in our community.

This model of partnership is novel and an exciting avenue for rural communities across the country. There are many more communities like this that need support – we look forward to supporting and assisting people with housing needs. Housing is something basic and foundational for human life, and we are here to make sure everyone can have access to it.

Arts & Culture Funding 2021-22

February 4, 2021  |  News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on Arts & Culture Funding 2021-22

Do you have an arts and culture related project? Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust, invites individuals of all artistic disciplines, and arts and cultural groups in the Columbia Basin to apply for project funding. Info and applications available at, or call CKCA at 1-877-505-7355 or email

Deadline for applications is March 5, or March 12, 2021, depending on the program.

Centennial Park Survey

January 14, 2021  |  News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on Centennial Park Survey

The Village of New Denver, supported by a collaborative consulting team, is undertaking a comprehensive process to develop a new Master Plan for Centennial Park. Public input will help to inform the design and master planning process moving forward. As a first step in the public engagement process, we are asking you to provide feedback through a short survey. Your participation is highly valued.

To access the survey online, please click the following link: Online Community Survey

Paper copies of the Community Survey are available at the Village Office: 115 Slocan Avenue, New Denver, BC.

The Community Survey will run from Thursday, January 14, 2021 to Thursday, February 4, 2021.

 There will be future opportunities for the public to view proposed design options and provide feedback.

Questions? Contact the Village Office. Email: Phone: 250-358-2316


December 18, 2020  |  Council Business, News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on CANCELLATION OF COUNCIL MEETING

Please note that the Council of the Village of New Denver has cancelled the December 22nd Regular Meeting.  The next Regular Meeting of Council will take place on January 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers.


December 18, 2020  |  News, Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on KYOWAKAI BOOK & CALENDARS FOR SALE

The Village of New Denver has just released a new historical book titled Kyowakai: Memory and Healing in New Denver written by local author Anne Champagne and designed by John Endo Greenaway. The book tells the story of Japanese Canadian internment in New Denver, the creation of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) by the Kyowakai Society, and the healing it inspired. The books can be purchased at the Village Office and at the NIMC in 2021. NIMC 2021 wall calendars are also still available for purchase. Both books and calendars are $20 each plus applicable tax and would make wonderful gifts for the holiday season! Proceeds from both will go towards the NIMC.  Thanks for your support!

Kyowakai Book Published

December 4, 2020  |  News, Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, Press Release, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on Kyowakai Book Published

Dec. 7/2020 – The Village of New Denver has just released a new historical book titled Kyowakai: Memory and Healing in New DenverNikkei Internment Memorial Centre, written by local author Anne Champagne and designed by John Endo Greenaway. The book tells the story of Japanese Canadian internment in New Denver, the creation of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) by the Kyowakai Society, and the healing it inspired. The 80-page, soft-covered book features colour as well as black-and-white photographs, including images from the NIMC collection, Nikkei National Museum, Library and Archives Canada and various private collections. Read more.

Former Kyowakai Society Member Tsuneko Kokubo



December 2, 2020  |  News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROMOTIONS

Check out some savings and promotions available to you (note that the deadline to register for the first two is December 31, 2020):

Interested in an energy evaluation to determine how efficient your home is?

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) Home Renovation Program offers a low cost home evaluation program. With RDCK and BC Hydro contributions, you can have:

  • A pre-construction evaluation done for $140 (value of $450)
  • A post-construction evaluation done for $0 (value of $275)

No construction commitment is required to be eligible for the pre-construction evaluation.

Register by December 31 to receive this deal. To register, fill out the RDCK registration form HERE and email it to For more details, including FAQs, visit the RDCK website HERE, or view the poster below.

Considering efficiency upgrades?

The CleanBC Better Homes and Renovation Rebate Program rebates are doubled for a limited time to support the restart of BC’s economy and help homeowners save energy.

Register for a promo code by December 31, 2020 to participate. Once received, your unique promo code can be used to apply for the Double the Rebate offer. Upgrades must be completed and invoiced by March 31, 2021.

Upgrades are available for:

  • Switching from natural gas, propane, or heating oil to electricity
  • Switching from wood heat to electricity
  • Upgrading your electric heating
  • Water Heating
  • Windows and Doors
  • Insulation

For program details visit, including eligibility requirements.

Considering a new woodstove?

The RDCK Woodstove Exchange Program offers a limited number of top-ups to Provincial Woodstove Exchange Program rebates.

Visit the RDCK’s website for more information.

Looking for new energy efficient products but on a limited income?

The Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) is available for those who rent or own their homes. If you qualify, based on your income, this program involves a home visit and offers free installation and supply of energy efficient products. Some homes may even qualify for a refrigerator and/or insulation. You can also receive coaching on how to improve your home’s efficiency.

To register, fill out the RDCK registration form HERE and email it to

Send in your application by December 31, 2020 and receive a $25 grocery card at the end of your visit.

Visit the CleanBC website HERE for additional program details.


If you have questions or would like additional information about any of these programs, please contact:

Carmen Proctor, EcoSave Program Manager or

Tel: 250.352-8278

Suite 101, 310 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 5S4


July 16, 2020  |  News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on RDCK RECYCLING PROGRAM

The RDCK has joined the Recycle BC (RBC) program and accepts new materials including plastic bags and Styrofoam. RBC is a Product Stewardship Program mandated to collect and recycle residential printed paper and packaging. For information regarding the new materials and categories, check the RBC Depot Guide. The opening date for the recycling depot in New Denver is July 27-August 1. For any questions or concerns, please call the RDCK office at 1-800-268-7325.


June 3, 2020  |  News, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on BUDGET 2021 CONSULTATION

Every year, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds a public consultation on the next provincial budget. This year, the consultation will take place in June. British Columbians are invited to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities through a variety of participation options. The Committee will review all input received and make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for the next provincial budget.

Share your ideas and priorities for the next provincial budget! Make a written, audio or video submission or complete the online survey through the Committee’s consultation portal.

If you would like to be added to a waitlist for a public hearing, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at or 250-356-2933 or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free in BC). Please note that registration for public hearings is currently at capacity.

The consultation closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.


June 3, 2020  |  News, Press Release, Public Notices  |  Comments Off on BOUNDARY EXTENSION

The Village is proposing a boundary extension to include new properties within municipal boundaries. This primarily affects Denver Siding, properties between the Village and Denver Siding, and properties outside of the Village already connected to the Village’s water system.

Owners of property within the proposed boundary extension area have been mailed an information package. Property owners and tenants within the boundary extension area are asked to submit their responses to the Village Office by Monday, June 15.

Village residents will be consulted following an initial review by the Province, if enough support is received at this time from residents within the boundary extension area. To review the proposal, visit our website.