COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
See Below for Updates on Impacts to Township Services
NEW: 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.
Township Enforcement Action Pertaining to 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.
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.
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.
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.
Impact on Township Services & Programs
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS DURING COVID-19
Levels of Service During Office Closure / State of Emergency:Property Taxes
Municipal Water / Communal Sewer
- 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)
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 water, communal sewer, and Skyline 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
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 of Temporary Adjustments -
The Township of Oro-Medonte has taken proactive precautions during this time. The following is in response to the Provincial Emergency Order, issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The attached link is the current service level for permits and inspections conducted by the Building Division, until further notice.
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 email@example.com.
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
April 3, 2020 - Ontario's entire legislated fire region will be designated a Restricted Fire Zone, in order to ensure public safety and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak. More Information The Township Fire Ban Continues to be enforced.
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.
Park Amenities & Playground Equipment - All Township playground equipment has been closed. Please continue to follow recommendations of public health officials & practice proper social distancing. It is important that we all do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
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:
|Arena||Closed - all programs & rentals cancelled||Full refunds|
|Community Halls||Closed - all programs & rentals cancelled||Full refunds|
|Township Administration Centre||Closed to the public||Staff are available through email & phone|
|Fire Stations||Closed to the public||Providing Fire & Emergency Service Response|
|Recreation Programs||Cancelled||Prorated refunds|
|March Break Camps||Cancelled||Full refunds|
|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
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