COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS DURING COVID-19
Impact on Township Services & Programs
Economic Development continues to work with our partners including the County of Simcoe and regional partners to provide business resources during COVID-19. Please see the list of resources available along the right side of the page and visit OroMedonteStrong page.
For information on how to support our local businesses and businesses that have created innovative solutions please visit OroMedonteStrong.
Business Impact Survey Phase 2: Oro-Medonte business owners please complete a quick survey to help us and our business services partners understand the changing conditions and your business' needs SURVEY. Survey closes Friday, May 8th.
Business Impact Survey Phase 1 – generic results are posted online to review. (link)
Township of Oro-Medonte Modified Meeting Schedule
The Township of Oro-Medonte continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis. Therefore, all Regular Meetings of Council have been cancelled until further notice. However, in consultation with Mayor Hughes and the Emergency Management Team, the Township has developed a modified schedule of electronic meetings for business continuity purposes as follows:
- Human Resources Committee Meeting – April 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.(Closed session);
- Special Council Meeting – April 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
- Development Services Committee Meeting – May 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
- Special Council Meeting – May 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Other potential meetings scheduled should the emergency continue are as follows:
- Development Services Meeting - June 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
- Special Council Meeting – June 17, 2020
Please note that this meeting schedule is subject to change pending COVID-19 conditions.
Members of the public are welcome to view the Special Council and Development Services Meetings livestream. Public comments, pertaining to matters on the agenda, can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org up to one hour prior to the start of the meeting, or as otherwise noted on the agenda. Comments received by 3:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting will be added to the amended agenda for adoption. Comments received up to one hour prior to the meeting will be read into the record.
Levels of Service During Office Closure / State of Emergency:Property Taxes
Residents who pay manually (online/telephone banking, mail, in-person) on the quarterly due dates - 2nd interim payment moved from April 30 to May 29 (30 day extension)
Residents on the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan that pay on quarterly due dates (PAPP Due Date) – your 2nd interim payment will be withdrawn from your bank account on May 29 and not on April 30 (30 day extension)
Residents on the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan that pay monthly (PAPP Monthly) – no change to monthly payments
- Residents that are on PAPP Monthly can opt out of this plan at any time
- Residents must notify the Township by email if they want to opt out at least 5 business days before the withdrawal date
- Residents that have property taxes paid as part of their mortgage – no changes, as payments are administered by your financial institution
- Residents who have provided us with postdated cheques related to property taxes that are dated between April 1st and May 29th will not be cashed until May 29th
- Interest on overdue taxes from 2020 (current year taxes) – Township will not be charging interest for months of April & May (60 day period)
Municipal Water / Communal Sewer (including Skyline Water & Waste Water)
Changes Due to Office Closure
- For municipal water customers, meters will continue to be read for the Quarterly period of January – March 2020
- All municipal water, communal sewer, and Skyline water / waste water bills will be prepared and mailed out in May
- Quarterly bill for period January – March 2020 will now be due June 30 (30 day extension)
- The Township Administration Centre is currently closed to the public
- To contact the Finance department, leave a voicemail message at 705-487-2171 or email (preferred)
We will endeavor to return all enquiries within 2 business days, however urgent matters will take priority during this State of Emergency situation
- For residents who typically pay tax and water bills in person, your current options are:
Online / telephone banking
Mail payment with your stub (cheques only please)
Address: Township of Oro-Medonte, 148 Line 7 South, Oro-Medonte, ON L0L2E0 Attn: Finance Department
Secure drop boxes (24/7) - available at the Administration Building on Line 7 or the Moonstone Fire Hall
Any residents who want to sign up for the Township's
Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PAPP) for either property taxes or water may do so by downloading the sign up form from the our website, and mailing back to us with a Void cheque
Purchase dog tags – use online form to sign up / renew & pay. The additional charge for purchasing dog tags after the March 31st deadline has been waived for the period between March 24th and May 1st.
Pay parking tickets – pay online
Pay for building and septic permits and development charges – email
email@example.com for payment options
Pay for development applications - email
firstname.lastname@example.org for payment options
Pay for Municipal Law Permits and Licenses – email
email@example.com for payment options
Commissioning of documents – not offered during office closure. Please seek alternative arrangements.
To all vendors doing business with the Township – we will no longer be issuing cheques for payments. Please complete the
Vendor Direct Deposit form and return with your void cheque / bank letter by email to
Building Department - Notice
Based on Provincial updates, building permits that are currently on a Provincial Hold will be issued beginning Tuesday May 19, 2020. Until this time, construction projects deemed not essential under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act continue to be prohibited and may be subject to enforcement and fines. The Township of Oro-Medonte remains in a State of Emergency and staff will continue to follow COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols and Provincial Guidelines in conducting inspections.
More information about the Building Department
The Township of Oro-Medonte will continue to provide Municipal Law Enforcement Services during the Administration Office closure. Municipal Law will be taking proactive precautions when out in the community. At this time the Municipal Law Enforcement Division will be utilizing correspondence (email, letters, notices) in most situation as an alternative for attending the physical address. Staff will be focusing more on the essential services to ensure the safety of both staff and the residents of Oro-Medonte. More information in notice attached.
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
The Province initiated further amendments to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that came into effect on Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. More specifically, the operation of a short term rental (STR) with booking(s) after April 4th are only permitted to provide individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period with accommodations. Please note that Municipal Law Enforcement staff will be actively monitoring the STR's throughout the Township.
The Municipal Law Enforcement Division want to remind residents that if you witness an STR operating and contravening this Provincial order please contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Division at (705) 487-2171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the set fines for an individual who contravene the order.
|1.||Fail to comply with an order made during a declared emergency||7.0.11 (1) (a)||$750.00|
|2.||Obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency||7.0.11 (1) (a)||$1000.00|
|3.||Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with an order made during a declared emergency||7.0.11 (1) (a)||$1000.00|
Fire & Emergency Services
May 8, 2020 - Fire Chief Lifts Burn Ban - Media Release - Reminder that Open Air Burn Permits are required. Get your permit HERE.
April 3, 2020 - The Township of Oro-Medonte continues to enforce a Fire Ban. The Province now too has implemented Restricted Fire Zones along with many other municipalities in order to ensure public safety and well-being during COVID-19. More Information
Thank-you for doing your part.
March 20, 2020 - Fire & Emergency Services - Implements a Full Fire Ban - A complete Open Air Burn Ban is in effect, more information in the attached media release.
Recreation and Community Services
|Seasonal Parking Permits||Now available for residents only. Non-resident day passes are currently not available. ||Residents may obtain seasonal parking permits by calling the Township office at 705-487-2171 or using a self-serve on-line option by visiting
- Parking Pass Request webpage|
|Parks & Sports Fields|
The Township has implemented a phased approach for reopening parks. As of Friday, May 29 Green Spaces in all parks are now open except for Bayview Memorial Park, El Crawford & Pods Lane Parks.Playgrounds remain closed, please see below.
Tennis Courts at Horseshoe Valley Memorial Park are now open, please follow COVID19 precautionary etiquette.
Get a membership.
Pickleball - 2 parks open users must respect physical distancing guidelines, & bring own equipment + nets:
*Shanty Bay Park
*Horseshoe Valley Memorial Park
Sports fields & amenities, at parks listed as open, for use at own risk, team sports are not permitted for play. Reminder
to practice physical distancing & follow safety protocols for COVID-19.
More updates will be provided as parks continue to open.
All Recreation Programs
(including fitness, seniors and youth)
Cancelled until further notice
|Notice will be issued when programming resumes. Refunds have been issued for those programs impacted. ALL spring recreation programs are cancelled and refunds have been issued. Delivery of summer programs will be reassessed as more information becomes available. Notice will be issued if services are impacted. |
Summer Day Camps||Cancelled||All camp registrations fees will be fully refunded and you will receive a confirmation email once your refund has been processed. |
Community Centre, Halls & Rentals|
|Closed to the public – All programming and rentals are cancelled until further notice. (ordered under O. Reg. 51/20) ||Notice will be issued when programming and rentals resume.|
Playgrounds||Closed for public use until further notice (ordered under O. Reg. 104/20) ||Notice will be issued when playgrounds have been reopened for public use.|
Beaches||Use of public beaches is restricted||View the
Public Notice for details.|
Boat Launches||Open for residents - COVID-19 Safety Precautions||Washroom facilities and other amenities remain closed at launches and will not be available. |
Green spaces and Trails|
Simcoe County Forests
|Green spaces and trails remain open with limited services||Residents continuing to use public greenspaces and trails are encouraged to follow the healthcare guidelines, including physical distancing, proper handwashing, sanitization, etc. |
Special Events||Cancelled until further notice (ordered under O. Reg. 52/20) ||Notice will be issued when event operations resumes.|
Oro African Church||Closed until further notice.||Notice will be issued when operation resumes|
Municipal Facilities & Service Delivery
Updated March 23, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 situation, the Township of Oro-Medonte is continuing to review our Business Continuity Plans, as such, the community may experience changes in service levels.
The following is currently in effect:
|Township Administration Centre||Closed to the public||Staff are available through email & phone|
|Fire Stations||Closed to the public||Providing Fire & Emergency Service Response|
|Public Works Facilities||Closed to the public||Services continue to be provided|
|Regular Council Meetings:|
- March 25th
- April 8th
- April 22nd
|Cancelled||Notice will be issued when Council meetings will resume|
- Development Services - April 1st
- Heritage Committee - April 20th
|Cancelled||Notice will be issued when Committee meetings resume|
March 26, 2020 re: 2019-SUB-01, 2019-OPA-02, and 2019-ZBA-21
|Postponed||Notice will be issued when a new meeting date is confirmed. |
|Citizen/Senior of the Year Advisory Group||Postponed||Notice for a rescheduled date will be issued|
These closures and cancellations are in addition to Municipal Service impacts announced previously. This is an ongoing situation; the Township will continue to provide updates as they become available. Continue to watch this webpage and our social media channels for any updates.
For further information on County of Simcoe services including; Landfill Sites, Curbside Garbage Collection, LINX Transit, County Administration Centre and more
Provincial Updates & Information
Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19
Sustained Measures Necessary to Stop the Spread and Protect Public Health
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario legislature, the Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. This will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Province of Ontario Emergency Orders
Late last week, the Province of Ontario designated authorization to By-law Enforcement Officers of a municipality to enforce order issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Over the past several weeks, a number of Emergency Orders have been issued by the Province of Ontario under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Two of these orders were specific to the closure of all non-essential business and this past weekend, limiting social gatherings to a maximum of five people.
Municipal Law staff will continue to respond to urgent By-law complaints via telephone/email as they relate to Township By-law matters. Additionally, staff will now be assisting with the monitoring of gatherings of more than 5 individuals in non-compliance with the Provincial mandate, or non-essential businesses that are operating in non-compliance with the Provincial mandate.
When taking enforcement action, Municipal Law staff will be assessing any infractions of all Provincial Orders in relation to the potential risk to public health and the spread of COVID-19. In seeking compliance, Municipal Law staff have the following options: to educate and issue a warning in relation to the Emergency Order; the issuance of a Part I ticket, or the issuance of a Part III summons to court under the Provincial Offences Act.
Ontario Reducing Risk of Fire in the Province
The Province of Ontario is supporting emergency responders by restricting all outdoor fires in all of Ontario during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please note that the Township of Oro-Medonte has implemented a Full Fire Ban
All outdoor recreational amenities across Ontario are now closed, effective immediately.
This new order closes all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities.
Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren't otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others.
Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.
Township Media Releases Related to COVID-19
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Joint News Release - Waterfront Municipalities
Lake Simcoe – As the weather gets warmer, communities across Ontario are facing a potential influx of visitors seeking outdoor activities after weeks of staying inside due to COVID-19 restrictions. To help reduce the spread of the virus, municipalities surrounding Lake Simcoe and area—including the City of Orillia, Towns of Georgina, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury, and the Townships of Brock, Oro-Medonte and Ramara and the County of Simcoe —are urging everyone to skip the daytrip and not make the drive up north right now.
Friday, May 8, 2020 - Township Wide Fire Ban Lifted
Effective May 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., the Fire Chief of the Township of Oro-Medonte has authorized lifting
the Township wide Burn Ban. The Burn Ban has been lifted due to favourable weather and moisture
Monday March 16, 2020 – Township Facilities Closed To The Public
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., all Township of Oro-Medonte facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Township Administration Centre. We will continue to offer services online & over the phone. If you have inquiries you can email email@example.com or call 705-487-2171. Please follow recommendations for hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing & self-isolation. Please continue to monitor this page and social channels for updates.
Monday March 23, 2020 - Township of Oro-Medonte Declares State of Emergency
On March 23, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. Mayor Harry Hughes declared a State of Emergency for the Township of Oro-Medonte in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Declaring an emergency provides the Township with additional authority and access to resources, and streamlines the decision-making process to continue to provide municipal services under the Township's Continuity of Operations Plan.
The Township holds the health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff as a top priority. It is very important to understand that declaring a state of emergency is not done to incite panic or elevate concern, and is consistent with the Province of Ontario and the County of Simcoe's decisions.
A Special Meeting of Council will be held later this week where Council will address relief measures for residents and businesses.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Oro-Medonte Implements Assistance Measures in Response to COVID-19
Recognizing the need to maintain essential services and advance the business of the Township, utilizing new tools provided by the Provincial government, Oro-Medonte Council held two Special Council Meetings on March 24, 2020. These measures include payment extensions for tax and water bills and purchasing of dog tags. For more information and details see the attached media release or review under Finance section below.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 8:30 a.m., all Township of Oro-Medonte facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the Township Administration Centre. We will continue to offer services online & over the phone. If you have inquiries you can email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-487-2171. Please follow recommendations for hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing & self-isolation. Please continue to monitor this page and social channels for updates.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Protocols are being established to increase the sanitization of public facilities and touch points etc. Regular communication and updates will be provided to the public.
The Township of Oro-Medonte is aligning with the proactive steps taken by other large organizations as well as recommendations from other levels of government and health authorities to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, residents and visitors. Accordingly, effective as of March 14, 2020, the Township will be suspending the operation of Township operated recreation facilities (arena & community halls) and recreation programs, including March Break day camp until further notice. Refunds will be issued for those impacted by this decision.
What You Need to Know
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The SMDHU continues to communicate that the risk in Simcoe County remains low, however the first reported case of COVID-19 has now been reported in Simcoe County.
Information regarding the virus is being monitored very closely by Township staff through proper channels, including the Ministry of Health, SMDHU, the Federal Government, and the World Health Organization. Each of these organizations are providing factual and up-to-date information/materials.
Regular handwashing is the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19.
For the most up-to-date local information, visit the
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website.
Additional Information Sources
Public Health Agency of Canada
- Risk level for Canadians, Current situation, Travel advisories
Ontario Ministry of Health
- Ontario news, Status of cases in Ontario – updated at 10:30 a.m. daily
World Health Organization
- Technical documents, Questions and answers