Call For Submissions

Competition Overview 

Welcome to Nelson. The City’s welcome signs are one of a kind. While beloved by many, the quirky wooden signs have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. Through the Province of British Columbia’s Tourism Dependent Communities Fund, the City has received funding to update the signs. Because the Welcome to Nelson signs are the first impression of the city for both residents and visitors, it is important that they reflect our community. This competition invites designers and artists to submit their concepts for the replacement Welcome to Nelson signs.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in applying, please review the Call for Submission information document. 

Make sure to review the results from the initial community consultation. This will help you understand what the community feels are important elements of the signs

For application forms, contact Sebastien Arcand at

Key Dates

Welcome to Nelson Sign



July 16th, 2021

Official Launch of Competition

August 6th, 2021

Deadline to submit questions

August 13th, 2021 

Deadline for first-round submissions

If a satisfactory number of submissions hasn’t been achieved, the competition organizer reserves the right to re-open and extend 1st round.

End of August

Design Review Panel evaluates and narrows down to top 10 for second round

September 10th 2021

Invite successful candidates to second round and submit feedback to them; the Design Review Panel may direct questions to entrants continuing on to the second round

October 15th 2021

Deadline for second round submissions 

End of October 2021

Design Review Panel evaluates and narrows down to top 5 for a community vote

Early November 2021

Community vote on selected designs

Late November 2021

Results from the community vote are presented to Council. 

Council may (or not) choose the top design as per the community vote 

December 2021

RFP to award construction of the signs