Community Development


Our goal is to improve your quality of life in the Oaklands neighbourhood by increasing social inclusion, making recreation affordable and accessible, and creating a lively neighbourhood through special events! 

The role of community development within the Oaklands Community Association is to serve you, the residents and visitors of Oaklands. This takes a variety of forms. For example through offering low cost, or free special events throughout the year. These include the Easter Eggstravaganza, Street Party and Garage Sale Day, Oaklands Sunset Market, Oktoberfest, Breakfast with Santa, Seniors Christmas Dinner, and the West Coast Winter Market. At each of these events, volunteer opportunities create a chance for people of all ages and abilities to meet new friends and enjoy the event after their short volunteer shift. At most events, non-profits or community initiatives are provided space to engage with the public.  

What the Oaklands Community Association does for you?  

  • Do you need information about resources available to you and your family?
  • Do you have a community initiative you would like help with?
  • Do you have a question about traffic safety, public art, or funding for a special project?
  • Do you want to see more public art?
  • Is there a community initiative you would like help with?
  • Do you have a concern about traffic safety?
  • Do you have a question about a land use application?

The community development coordinator is always excited to hear what matters to you as a resident in Oaklands.

Over the course of the year, we have assisted with gathering signatures on petitions, organizing volunteers, making connections between organizations, providing referrals, speaking to City Council on behalf of residents, and more. The community development coordinator can also assist with applying for grants through The City of Victoria My Great Neighbourhood Grant, Victoria Foundation Small Neighbourhood Grants, Resilient Neighbourhood grants, and more. 

We can help you achieve your goals for the neighbourhood you live in! 

What kind of things matter to you as a resident in Oaklands?  We want to hear from you!

Did you know that the Oaklands Community Association is your direct link to the City of Victoria?  

We can speak on your behalf to the City of Victoria Council and Mayor and help you make your neighbourhood a better place to live. Together with our City Council liaison, Ben Isitt, we are eager to hear your feedback and improve your quality of life in Oaklands.

Community Resources

 My Great Neighbourhood Grants Website

Applications are currently being accepted until April 15, 2019. All applicants will need to set up a meeting with Gary Pemberton with the City of Victoria, and have their application signed off by the Oaklands Community Association.

Block Party Guidelines / Application / Website

Block Watch Website

Would you like to set up a Block Watch on your street? It's easy to set up and a great way to get to know your neighbours while also making your street a safer place to live!