2023 Fall Outreach Series

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Join the Regional District of Nanaimo and industry experts for a series of free in-person workshops and online webinars this fall! Dive into topics such as draft proofing your home, home upgrade rebates, reducing energy consumption, and creating climate-resilient, cozy homes. Stay updated by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and don't forget to register using the options provided below. 

In-person Workshops

The Regional District of Nanaimo has partnered with City Green Solutions and Carbon Wise to deliver a series of free skills-focused workshops teaching RDN residents about Draft Proofing their homes. This 2-hour workshop will introduce participants to key knowledge, resources, and skills needed to complete effective DIY Draft Proofing at home.

Learn from industry experts how to locate and fix draft issues, how to weather strip your door or window, air-sealing techniques, and explore interactive displays to get hands-on experience.

These free events have a limited capacity, available on a first come first served basis while seats remain available. To register, please email sustainability [at] rdn.bc.ca or call 250-390-5422. 

Date and time


October 27, 2023

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cedar Community Hall (2388 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9X 1K3)

Main Hall 

November 24, 2023

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Beban Social Centre (2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 3K7) 

Room 2 and 3

FULL - Waitlist Available

January 26, 2024

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Qualicum Beach Civic Centre

747 Jones St, Qualicum Beach



Join the RDN, Plug In BC and the CleanBC Community Energy Coach Program for a series of FREE online webinars this fall. Explore the extensive rebates and financial incentives offered for various energy-efficient renovations, learn ways to reduce your energy consumption, understand the costs and benefits of owning an electric vehicle, and discover how to construct a climate-resilient and comfortable new home.

Be sure to register using the links below. 

Date and time



November 16, 2023

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Owning and Driving Electric Vehicles in the Nanaimo Region

B.C. drivers continue to go electric, and electric vehicles are an increasingly common sight in the Nanaimo area. So, what is it like to drive an electric vehicle on Vancouver Island, and how does it work when travelling around the rest of B.C.? Michael Stanyer is a Vancouver Island resident and drives electric vehicles across the province through his work at Plug In BC. This presentation will cover common topics like the types of charging stations used at home and on the road, the technologies that make EVs increasingly better for long-distance travel, winter use, and the cost-benefits of going electric. 

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November 28, 2023

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Rebates

There are many energy-efficient upgrades you can do to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home! Join friends and neighbours in this one-hour webinar and learn about each energy-efficient upgrade, their benefits, the house-as-a-system concept, as well as what rebates and other incentives might be available.

Did you know?

  • There are up to $6,000 in rebates from the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program [betterhomesbc.ca] when installing a heat pump. There are rebates available for upgrading from electric, natural gas, oil, propane, and wood to a heat pump. There are countless other rebates and incentives when renovating your home.
  • There are up to $5,000 in grants from the federal Canada Greener Homes Grant when completing energy efficiency retrofits.
  • Both the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program and the Canada Greener Homes Grant offer financing options.

This webinar is offered by the CleanBC Community Energy Coach ProgramIf you have questions about this webinar or for more information on engaging a community energy coach or to get started with accelerating retrofits in your community, contact CEC [at] betterhomesbc.ca (CEC[at]betterhomesbc[dot]ca).

The webinar will be approximately 1-hour long followed by a short Q&A period. To attend, you must register. It will be presented via Zoom, a virtual meeting platform. You will receive an automatic confirmation email upon registration and a reminder one day prior.

Space is limited so make sure to register early!


Register Here

Note: A recorded version of the webinar will be made available soon for those unable to attend the live webinar.  Please register for the live webinar to receive the recording.