The lawyer for the tent city in Nanaimo has managed to get a hearing date to request an extension on the eviction order.

The 300, or so, residents of tent city had until midnight tonight (Fri) to leave the encampment.

A hearing has been scheduled for next Friday.

For it’s part, the City has set up a number of tents along Esplanade Street to use as a resource centre to help occupants of the encampment access services and make plans to relocate from 1 Port Drive.

Nanaimo’s mayor said the campers won’t be forced out.

Bill McKay said city staff, fire and emergency services people are slowly working at dismantling the camp.

The province had asked the City to delay any evictions until new modular housing is ready next month.