Cannabis survey 2018

news release

February 13, 2018

Grand Forks, BC – The City of Grand Forks will demolish its building at 7212 Riverside Drive to avoid paying an estimated cost of over $300,000 to rehabilitate it. A March 2017 report outlines the defaults found in the building during a review of roofing leaks. The ongoing leaks damaged the wall insulation, exterior sheathing, cladding, windows, and doors. These would need to be replaced in the south portion of the building in addition to a complete roof replacement. Council voted to retire the building  instead.

The building is located adjacent to Sugimoto Park and a community trail runs behind the building above the Granby River. The City owns much of the land on the downtown side of the confluence of the Granby and Kettle Rivers – the “grand forks”. Most of it is vacant with some benches and lights along the trail. Last fall, community members led a cleanup of the riparian area after becoming concerned the garbage being left by camps set up along the river. The future of the demolition site and the other parcels is undetermined at this time, but a report will be coming to Council this spring outlining some options for this area and other City owned parcels.

Please contact City Hall with any questions.

250) 442-8266 | email

family day 2018

Family Day 2018 February 10-12

Family Day 2018 – February 10 to 12

family day 2018

Saturday Downtown

11 am to 1pm

Beauty and The Beast – Everyone loves Disney’s Beauty and The Beast – Dress up as your favorite character and get your photo taken.  Prizes for  the best costume

1) Fun Mudder obstacle course/race – please bring your signed waiver.
The Fun Mudder Race: The biggest and best obstacle race in Grand Forks. Come and race against your friends. The races start at 11 AM. Please register in advance (guardians must sign for children 12 and under). Prizes for the fastest times and giveaways for children 6 – 12 years.
2) Outdoor Hockey
3) 1pm – Free Movie – Come and enjoy Paddington 2 with your family and friends at the GEM Theatre.  First come, first served.
4) 11:15/12:15/1:15 pm – Free Bowling! Lanes must be booked in advance. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Call 250-442-2873 to book your lane today! Space is limited.
5) Guided ATV Rides – Enjoy an ATV ride hosted by the GF ATV Club. Bring your helmet if you have one.
6) Fish Pond – see what you can land at Success By 6’s Fish Pond!
7) Community Groups and Vendors
8) Fire Truck Rides – enjoy a ride in the big truck.
9) Chili and Baked Potato / Kettle Corn
10) & 11) Hot Dogs
12) Cotton Candy
13) Face Painting
14) Board Room Cafe games and specials
15) Hot Chocolate
16) 11am to 1pm – Snow Snake Race – This event is weather permitting.


7pm – Family Talent Show at 4th Street Studio

All Weekend

(Saturday to Monday)
9am Free Jazzercise at 136 Sagamore Ave.


3pm – 5pm – Free Skate & Rentals @ the Arena
10am – 2pm – Free Curling @ the Curling Club


1pm – 5pm – Free Swim
All Day – Free Ski & Rentals @ Phoenix
1:45 to 3:30pm Toonie skate
Free board games all day at the Board Room Cafe

Family Day map 2018

FD News Release

Grand Forks Fire / Rescue Set to Hire Additional Deputy Chief

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Grand Forks, BC – With changing provincial regulations and over 50 percent increase in response volume since 2012, Grand Forks Fire / Rescue will be hiring an additional Deputy Fire Chief in 2018. After a change in the dispatch protocols in 2013, call outs increased dramatically. From an average of about 300 responses per year in 2007 to 2012, and 2013 to 2017 saw an average closer to 450 responses per year. Similar sized communities with the same call volume like Revelstoke, Fernie, and Meritt have three or more full time staff.

In addition to the call volume, the inspection responsibilities will increase under the province’s new Fire Safety Act. In addition to existing inspection duties within the City, the department may also be inspecting buildings in the Regional District. Under the new Act, the local government must implement “risk-based compliance monitoring system for public buildings”. That is, buildings with public occupancy like restaurants and retail stores must be inspected and the local government is responsible for enforcing compliance with the Act.

The province’s Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook has more reporting requirements for training firefighters. The province wide minimum training standards require individualized training records for each firefighter recording all training received. The call volume, change to the Fire Safety Act, and the “Playbook” have increased the administrative duties of Grand Forks Fire / Rescue. The Deputy Chief of Training, Operations, and Administration will complement the existing management team in ensuring sustainable emergency protection for the area.

A third person in Grand Forks expands the ability of the fire department to ensure consistent response times. The department is looking for an experienced firefighter with NFPA 1001 training, working knowledge of the Incident Command System, and fire inspection and investigation experience. The job posting will be released in February 2018 with hiring concluded by March and the new position starting in April.

Questions can be directed to Dale Heriot, Fire Chief / Manager of Emergency Services at (250) 442-8266 or <>.

news release

City of Grand Forks Hires CAO for 2.5 Year Contract

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Grand Forks, BC – After nearly a year of evaluations and deliberation, the City of Grand Forks Council signed a contract with the current Interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Diane Heinrich to become the CAO for two and a half years. Ms. Heinrich was selected to be Interim CAO after the departure of Doug Allin in March 2017. Previously, she had performed as Interim CAO in 2014 also following the departure of Mr. Allin.

Ms. Heinrich joined the City in 2007 after working at Canpar Industries. She quickly became the Corporate Officer in 2009, after being mentored by the previous City Clerk and CAO, Lynne Burch, and further took on responsibility for Human Resources in 2013. The Corporate Officer is a position mandated by the Community Charter and is a senior position in local government and Ms. Heinrich will maintain the Corporate role, as well, for another year. With further background ranging from real estate to production scheduling, she brings a well-balanced skillset to her current role at the City.

As the top staff position, the CAO is responsible for the overall operation of the City and links Council to staff. For example, if Council sets a policy, then the CAO interprets how that policy will be implemented and provides that direction to staff.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Diane. She provides stable leadership to an excellent organization and Council values her advice and ability.” – Mayor Frank Konrad

“I believe that in order to achieve their best, staff need to lead a balanced life. That means finding the synergy between a demanding work-load and enjoying the fantastic city we live in.” – CAO Diane Heinrich

“I have a good feeling about the path we’re on. After a few years of change, the organization is stabilizing and continuing to develop out the progressive programs started by our previous CAO.” – CAO Diane Heinrich

Questions can be directed to Cavan Gates, Communications Officer at (250) 442-8266 or .

2018 Capital Budget

2018 Capital Project Budget

Wondering what we’re up to for budget season? Check out today’s capital budget presentation for more information on potential City projects in 2018. Proposed projects include about $2m in spending mostly on asset management, but with some work towards Strategic Plan and development objectives.

Questions? Comments?

(250) 442-8266