COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS DURING COVID-19
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.
Due to the Province Wide shutdown, the Township has suspended customer service by appointment until at minimum, January 25, 2021. Staff continue to be available to provide customer service by phone or e-mail. To learn more and book an electronic appointment, please click here: LINK
Province Wide Shutdown
Effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the Province of Ontario will be moving into a Provincial shutdown. This shutdown will be applicable to Simcoe Muskoka for 28 days. For Provincial shutdown details, please see: COVID-19: provincewide shutdown | Ontario.ca
For more information from the Health Unit visit: COVID-19 (simcoemuskokahealth.org).
Residents are encouraged to utilize online electronic means for Township related business by reviewing information indicated under the Impact on Township Services & Programs section found below. Staff continue to be available to provide customer service by phone or e-mail. Contact Us
Simcoe Muskoka requirements: Wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces
In Simcoe Muskoka when you enter into a public indoor space a (e.g. grocery store, community centre, shopping mall, hair salon, library, place of worship, etc.), or use a public transit service in Simcoe Muskoka, you will be required to wear a face covering.
A face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering such as a bandana or scarf that covers the mouth and nose.
Impact on Township Services & Programs
Township of Oro-Medonte Modified Meeting Schedule
The Township of Oro-Medonte continues to respond to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis. Please refer to the Council Portal for the most up-to-date schedule for Council Meetings.
Please note that this meeting schedule is subject to change pending COVID-19 conditions.
NEW COUNCIL MEETING PARTICIPATION PROCESS: To participate in the upcoming Electronic Council Meeting, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, you must register by noon Monday. Written comments are still welcomed & encouraged for all Electronic Meetings. Learn More
Members of the public are welcome to view the Council and Development Services Meetings via the livestream.
Predation Claims – Notice of Temporary Adjustments during COVID-19
Please note that procedures regarding submission of a claim under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program have been changed due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declared by the Province of Ontario. Learn more
Levels of Service During Office Closure / State of Emergency:
To support water users during this pandemic, the premium rate for water consumption has been waived for the period April to June only.
note the Township has extended interest relief measures to July 31, 2020 for
past due 2020 property tax balances.
Residents on the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan – no change to payments
Changes Due to Office Closure
- Residents that are on PAPP 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
- 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
firstname.lastname@example.org for payment options
Pay for development applications - email
email@example.com for payment options
Pay for Municipal Law Permits and Licenses – email
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Municipal Law - By-Law
Municipal Law - By-law 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 situations as an alternative for attending the physical address, where possible. Staff will be focusing more on the essential municipal services to ensure the safety of both staff and the residents of Oro-Medonte. More information in notice attached.
As of Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:01 am the Province declared a 2nd Provincial Emergency. As per the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) Municipal Law Enforcement Officers are provided with additional authority to assist with the enforcement of the EMCPA and Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).
EMCPA Enforcement Support
Under the provincial emergency, the following enhanced enforcement authorities will be in place:
Additionally, enforcement personnel will have the authority to issue tickets to individuals, employees and corporations in retail settings and businesses if found not complying with an order (e.g. staff member or customer not wearing a face covering.)
- All provincial offences officers, including police officers, will have the authority to disperse crowds indoors as well as outdoors. For example, when a group of more than five people who are not from the same household are gathering outdoors, they can be required to leave and the premise may be closed.
- Similar to the provision under ROA, individuals have a duty to identify when a provincial offences officer has reasonable and probably grounds that an offence under EMCPA has been committed.
For more information on the EMPCA and ROA please click on the link below:
Below are the set fines for an individual who contravene the Act.
If you have any questions and/or concerns associated with the Act please call the Municipal Law Enforcement Division at (705) 487-2171 or visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at for further information.
|1.||Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order||10 (1) (a)||$750.00|
|2.||Obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 order||10 (1) (a)||$1000.00|
|3.||Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 order||10 (1) (a)||$1000.00|
Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020
Fire & Emergency Services
July 13, 2020 - Fire Chief Lifts Fire Ban - Fire rating continues to be high.
July 9, 2020 - Complete Fire Ban - Effective immediately due to extreme dry conditions and heat.
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
|Outdoor Rinks||Taking into consideration the challenges associated with the Province wide shutdown coming into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26th, and recognizing the value and importance of providing a low-risk, outdoor recreation opportunity, Township Council supported a recommendation to proceed, in partnership, with community volunteers, to open Township owned outdoor rinks. Community volunteers and Township staff are working hard to get outdoor rinks open. ||Please visit the Outdoor Rinks page, updates will be made as information becomes available.|
|Arena/Community Centre||Consistent with Council direction and movement to the Provincial shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26th, the current suspension of arena operations will be extended for 28 days effective December 26, 2020 to January 23, 2021. The arena remains closed to the public. |
The Township will review arena operations upon conclusion of the Province wide shutdown and/or pending further direction from the Province and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
Seasonal Parking Permits||Seasonal parking passes are required annually from May 1st to October 31st. |
A parking pass is not required for the winter season.
At this time, the Township is not issuing parking passes. We are currently in the process of reviewing issuance of parking passes for the 2021.
Instructions for obtaining your 2021 seasonal parking pass will be provided prior to May 1, 2021.
Parks & Sports Fields||The Township has implemented a phased approach for reopening parks. As of Monday, June 1
Green Spaces in all parks are now open except for 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 at Shanty Bay Park & Horseshoe Valley Memorial Park are now open. Please bring your own equipment & nets, and respect physical distancing guidelines.
|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.|
The following parks are now restricted to
resident only parking:
South Side Bass Lake Park
Bayview Memorial Park & Beach is now open - Green Space use only.
Please note the following are
NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE: Bookings for the pavilion & the playground equipment.
The Township's Municipal Law department is monitoring Township parking lots/areas. Parking offence tickets will be issued for vehicles parked without an Oro-Medonte seasonal parking permit displayed.
Washroom and changeroom facilities are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Portable toilets are available for after-hour use; however, they are not sanitized and proper precautions should be taken when using these facilities.
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.|
|Halls & Rentals
|Please note community halls remain closed until further notice.||Please continue to watch the Township’s website and social media channels to stay informed.|
Playgrounds||As part of the Province of Ontario’s Stage 3 re-opening, playground structures in Township parks will re-open utilizing a phased approach. Playgrounds require safety inspections and maintenance prior to opening.||Playground equipment will not be sanitized; users are encouraged to use hand sanitizer after play and wash their hands when possible|
Beaches/Wharfs||Use of public beaches is restricted.
For more information, view media release||The
Shanty Bay Wharf will be re-opened effective Thursday, July 30th from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. To address public health risks in the area associated with non-compliance of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, lighting and a gate have been installed in the parking lot. The gate will be opened and closed daily. Patrol and enforcement of the wharf will take place throughout the Civic Holiday weekend by Municipal Law Enforcement Officers in conjunction with the OPP. Oro-Medonte resident parking permits are required for parking at the wharf and surrounding areas. |
Boat Launches||Open for residents -
COVID-19 Safety Precautions||Portable toilets are available, however, they are not sanitized and proper precautions should be taken when using these facilities.|
|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||As of October 13, 2020, open by appointment.|
Book your appointment ahead of time here: LINK
|Staff are also available through email & phone. More info: CONTACT US|
|Fire Stations||Closed to the public||Providing Fire & Emergency Service Response|
|Public Works Facilities||Closed to the public||Services continue to be provided|
|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
Guidance Regarding Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has issued guidance pertaining to indoor and outdoor events & gatherings. MORE INFO
Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3
The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province's reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.
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
Friday, June 5, 2020 - Important Seasonal Parking Permit Information
Further to the Provincial Government’s implementation of Stage 1 – A Framework for Reopening our Province, the Township of Oro-Medonte has opened its boat launches and parks for use of green space. Bayview Memorial Park and beach area located at 687 Lakeshore Road is now also open for limited recreational use.
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