Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
We’re Still Here for You
The City of Port Coquitlam is taking proactive action to protect public health while continuing to provide essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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- The City is guided by provincial and federal authorities on health matters and is committed to responding promptly to each new directive.
- The health and safety of residents and employees is our top priority.
- Decisions to close facilities or cancel events are not taken lightly, but are made when necessary to protect public health.
Do Your Part and Stay Safe
Help flatten the curve – please follow safety measures as directed by health authorities:
- Social distancing: Stay at least 2 metres (six feet or two arm lengths) away from anyone not from your household.
- Regularly and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water (use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available).
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing and sneezing, or sleeve if tissue not available.
- Discard tissues into a waste container.
- Avoid going to stores, facilities, events or gatherings if you are sick. Stay home.
- Avoid gathering in groups.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Self-isolate for two weeks if you have travelled outside Canada or have been in contact with anyone who contracted COVID-19.
What We're Doing
Port Coquitlam is actively monitoring updates from local, provincial and federal health authorities and is taking immediate action as directed to protect the safety of residents.
To help prevent the spread of the virus, the city has:
- Posted signage at facilities and public spaces reminding the public and staff of proper hygiene and social distancing requirements.
- Assigned bylaw enforcement officers to help ensure compliance with provincial health orders.
- Activated the City’s Emergency Operations Centre.
- Activated the City’s business continuity plan to ensure we can maintain our core services such as water, sewer, police and fire.
- Provided remote access tools for key staff to work from home.
- Kept the public informed.
Available City Services
Essential services continue to be provided, including fire and police protection, water and sewer services, garbage collection and critical infrastructure maintenance and operations.
A variety of services are also still being provided by phone, email and online. Click here to view department contact information.
Business and Development Services
- Business and development online one-stop-shop
- Development Services: available by phone and email for assistance with proposed and existing applications:
- Building, plumbing, fire or other permits – information and application forms
- Appointments for building inspections
- Business licences – information and application forms
- Seniors check-ins, mailing list and online programming: sign up at portcoquitlam.ca/wilsonseniors, email@example.com or call 604-927-7974.
Events and Programs
All events and programs in City facilities and parks have been cancelled or postponed until after May 30, 2020 following direction from the Provincial Health Officer to cancel public gatherings of more than 50 people.
Full refunds will be provided for activities or rentals affected by the closures. Monthly and annual membership passes and library due dates are suspended for the duration of the closure.
Questions about recreation programs: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.927.7529.
Cancelled or postponed events include:
- May Days
- Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony
- Easter Arts Carnival
- City-Wide Garage Sale
- Public Works Open House
- Farmers Market Opening
- Repair Cafes
- Spring Break Camps
Upcoming events and programs
Summer program registration and leisure guide publication and delivery have been postponed until further notice.
At this point, decisions about postponing events taking place after June have not been made.
Closed to public until further notice:
- City Hall
- Public Works building
- Port Coquitlam Community Centre
- Hyde Creek Recreation Centre
- Terry Fox Library
- The Gathering Place
City Hall Annex (business and development services) – click for contact information.
City Parks and Natural Spaces
Residents are still encouraged to get outdoors for their mental and physical health, provided they avoid groups and stay at least two metres (six feet) away from anyone not from their household.
- All City parks
- Traboulay PoCo Trail and local trails
- Public washrooms in parks (with increased cleaning)
Closed until further notice:
- All City playgrounds
- Sports courts and sports fields
- Skate and bike skills parks
- Dog parks
- Washrooms and change rooms at field houses and sports fields
2020 utility bills may be paid through online banking and other methods. Click for payment options.
The City is waiving the March 31 penalty and extending the deadline for payment of 2020 utility bills in response to City facilities being closed to the public.
The City continues to monitor the situation and actions being taken by other levels of government and will consider extending the next due date of May 31 closer to the time.
By direction of the Provincial Health Officer:
- Dine-in service is closed at all restaurants and cafes. Takeout/delivery is permitted.
- Liquor-primary businesses (pubs, bars and nightclubs) are closed.
- Personal services businesses (e.g. salons and spas) are closed.
City staff will be proactively working to monitor and ensure compliance.
Resources for businesses:
- Port Coquitlam Offers Support and Resources for Seniors – March 24, 2020
- Port Coquitlam Closes Sports Courts, Sports Fields and Skate Parks – March 22, 2020
- Port Coquitlam Closes City Playgrounds – March 19, 2020
- Port Coquitlam Calls On Businesses to Help Curb the Spread of COVID-19 – March 17, 2020
- Port Coquitlam Closes Community Facilities Effective Immediately – March 16, 2020
- Port Coquitlam Takes Proactive Steps to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19 – March 13, 2020
- Updates on City Response to COVID-19 – March 11, 2020
Public Health Information
For health-related concerns, please contact:
- 811 (HealthLink BC)
- Public Health Agency of Canada novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397
- Your health-care provider or local public health office
For health information and updates please visit: