Mayor's Welcome Message

Welcome to the District of Oak Bay. We acknowledge that the land on which we live and work is the traditional territory of the Coast and Straits Salish Peoples. Specifically we recognize the Lekwungen speaking people, known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and that their historic connections to these lands continue to this day.

I’ve been privileged to serve on Oak Bay Council since 1996, and as Mayor since December 2011. Together with our other Council members, we are enthused and energized to serve the residents of Oak Bay. The municipality has a long tradition of good steady government since its inception in 1906. Now, new challenges present themselves. Technological and demographic changes emerge, and residents’ expectations inform us on how to provide improved services.

Our community has a strong sense of identity, and a major priority in coming years is the implementation of our new Official Community Plan which reflects this identity. The process of creating our new Plan involved considerable resident involvement and input and is now the guide for our community’s future. We hope you will get involved as we begin implementation.

Oak Bay will continue towards the goal to become a green and sustainable community. We will look at ways to further reduce our municipal carbon footprint. And we will strive to ensure that our infrastructure supports active transportation modes that reduce motor vehicle dependency, while promoting physical wellness and mobility.

Increasingly, we recognize that the ‘face’ of city hall is no longer the bricks and mortar building on the Avenue, but rather the municipal website. Our new website forms an integral part of improving community engagement and getting you the information you need to stay informed. Our citizen advisory committees help increase transparency around municipal processes and programs and support our goal of community engagement.

My door at Municipal Hall is always open.  I am available to meet most days to discuss any and all aspects of living in Oak Bay. I have regular office hours on Mondays between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Please call Cindy Denomme at 250-598-3311 to arrange an appointment.

Nils Jensen