Community Meeting via Zoom – Sept 21

Please join us for a presentation on the future development of the previous Capital Iron property located between Discovery Street and Chatham Street. This is a joint Community Meeting of the Burnside Gorge Community Association and Downtown Residents Association Land Use Committees. The Associations are seeking feedback from the community on this proposal.

Please note: The in-person meeting has been cancelled, this meeting will be held solely on zoom, link below.


BGCA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: BG LUC Community Meeting
Time: Sep 21, 2021 06:00 PM Vancouver

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Tom & Marilyn Arkell Bursary – BGCA Currently Accepting Applications

The goal of the Tom & Marilyn Arkell Bursary program is to fund students with the highest financial need. Bursary funds are limited and are not intended to fund a student’s full deficit. Bursaries can be used to assist with tuition, books, fees, equipment and supplies.

To be considered for a bursary, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • A connection to the Burnside Gorge community (resided in, received services, etc)
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program (proof of registration is required)
  • Submit a completed application by the specified deadline
  • Agree to submit an update on how funds were used upon completion of your program

Deadline to apply: October 1st annually

Please email to receive an application form.



The Tom & Marilyn Arkell Bursary was created in 2015 thanks to the generosity of a community donor. Bursaries are awarded annually to assist with education costs for students who have demonstrated financial need and ties to the Burnside Gorge community.

Tom & Marilyn Arkell were both deeply committed community members who strove to support others whenever possible. Tom was a founding member of the Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) and both he and Marilyn dedicated themselves to the betterment of both the neighbourhood and the families who live here. Education and lifelong learning for both children and adults were particular passions, in their own lives as well as in the lives of others, demonstrated through their commitment as active volunteers and donors. The staff and board of the BGCA are honoured to administer this legacy bursary program in memory of these much loved and dearly missed members of the Burnside Gorge community.

Construction Notice – Lotus & Irma

The City of Victoria will be completing sidewalk and paving projects. The work will take place on Lotus Street from Harriet Street to Irma Street and including the intersection of Irma and Lotus. Work is expected to begin in late July and be completed in September 2021.

See the Construction Notice – Lotus & Irma Streets for more details!

Construction Notice – Government Street, from Pandora Avenue to Gorge Road

Construction is planned on Government Street North from Pandora Avenue to Gorge Road. Work will include road safety improvements such as new pedestrian crossings, new trees and landscaping, public seating, dedicated left turn lanes, new traffic signals and additional on-street parking/loading zones.

Please see the Construction Notice from the City of Victoria to read more about the project.

VTAG (Victoria Together Against Graffiti) Returns

The City of Victoria is pleased to announce that this volunteer coordinated effort to remove unsightly graffiti tags on BC Hydro equipment in your neighbourhood has resumed operation. The City and BC Hydro have recently signed off on an annual agreement to allow volunteers to “Own the Block” and remove tags on both power poles and utility boxes owned by BC Hydro. The agreement means that citizens can once again use a graffiti removal carrying kit, replete with two colour matched paint cans for pressure treated and non-pressure treated poles, a brush, opener, stir stick and set of gloves to remediate tags in their neighbourhood.

The City is currently looking for volunteer coordinators in every neighbourhood to help conquer the massive accumulation of graffiti in the past year and a half. If you are interested in giving back to your community, getting some exercise and meeting your neighbours, the VTAG Coordinator duties include:

  • Coordinating other volunteers to “own the block” and paint out tags on BC Hydro poles and/or utility boxes
  • Liaising with City Neighbourhood Advisor regarding supply needs
  • Possible distribution of materials and supplies for graffiti removal
  • Promoting volunteer recruitment for the program via email and social media
  • Connecting volunteers with Community Centre for paint kit pick up

For more info on this position or how to get connected with VTAG and access your kit, contact