The Township Administration Centre is open for customer service by appointment with safety protocols in place including: visitor screening, use of face coverings, and physical distancing.

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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​​. 


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​Based on continuing improvements to health care indictors, province-wide vaccination rates, and on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government will move the province into Step Three of its Roadmap to ​Reopen​at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16​​, 2021.​

The Township Administration Centre is open for customer service by appointment with safety protocols in place including: visitor​ screening, use of face coverings, and physical distancing.

Staff are also available to provide customer service by phone or e-mail.​ To learn more and book an electronic ​appointment, please click here: LINK or Contact Us​.

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.  ​ 

For more information from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit visit: COVID-19 (simcoemuskokahealth.org)

​​​Simcoe Muskoka requirements: ​Wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces

MEDIA RELEASE​

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.

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

Council Meetings

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.  


Economic Development

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Resource for Reopening and Operating your Business Safely

Economic Development continues to work with our partner's 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 1 & Phase 2 Results – generic results are posted online to review. (link)

Please contact our Economic Development Staff​ with any inquires​. 

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Clerks Office

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​

Finance

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.

Property Taxes

Please 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

  • 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
    Email:  finance@oro-medonte.ca
  • Residents that have property taxes paid as part of their mortgage – no changes, as payments are administered by your financial institution


Changes Due to Office Closure
  • 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) finance@oro-medonte.ca 

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

        • For the safety of our staff and security of your payment, we are not accepting CASH in the Lockbox 

      • 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 building@oro-medonte.ca for payment options

  • Pay for development applications -  email planning@oro-medonte.ca for payment options

  • Pay for Municipal Law Permits and Licenses – email municipallaw@oro-medonte.ca 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 accountspayable@oro-medonte.ca


Building Department

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 

By-law - Notice of Temporary Service Adjustments​

Stay-at-Home Order in Effect

As of April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a Stay-at-Home order is in effect for all of Ontario.

This means you must stay at home. You should only go out for necessities, such as:

  • going to the grocery store or pharmacy
  • accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated)
  • outdoor exercise or walking pets in your community
  • going to work that cannot be done remotely
  • attending school or a post-secondary institution

While outdoor exercise is considered essential under the Stay-at-Home order, it should be undertaken within your local community to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 between geographic areas. Further guidance on outdoor recreational amenities is provided through the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. 

When utilizing these outdoor recreational amenities everyone is reminded to:

a) maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from any other person; and

b) not practice or play team sports.

Gatherings

It is prohibited to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

Limit close contact to only members of your household (the people you live with). If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

You must stay at least two metres apart from everyone else and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events or social gatherings.

You should not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.

Gathering limits

All events and social gatherings:

  • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
  • Outside: 5 people

Religious, wedding and funeral services:

  • Indoors: 15% capacity of the room
  • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
  • This does not apply to receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors

What is open and closed

Below are some of the key public health and safety measures at this time.

For more information, read the:

Short-term rentals

Short-term rentals (for example, cottages, cabins) are only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing.

Below are the set fines for an individual who contravene the Stay-at-Home Order.​

ItemOffenceSectionSet Fine
1.Fail to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order10 (1) (a)$750.00
2.Obstruct any person exercising a power in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 order10 (1) (a)$1000.00
3.Obstruct any person performing a duty in accordance with a continued section 7.0.2 order10 (1) (a)$1000.00
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Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020

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 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for further information.

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.


Environmental Services

Environmental Services - Drinking Water Systems​ - ​Contingency plans have been implemented by staff to ensure reliable and sustainable supplies of municipal drinking water. Click to see more on the Water webpage. ​


Recreation and Community Services

​Municipal Service​​Impact​Additional Information​
​​Outdoor Rinks
​​Closed for the season.  
Closed for the season.
​Arena/Community CentreClosed for the 2020-2021 season. 

Bookings​ for 2021-2022 season will commence August 1, 2021.​​
Seasonal Parking Permits​

​Seasonal parking passes are required annually from May 1st to October 31st.  

Full s​easonal parking passes will be issued to Oro-Medonte residents only at this time. ​​

2021 parking permits are now available for residents who did not acquire a permit in 2020.

Parking enforcement began on May 1​, 2021.



​​Parks & Sports Fields​​Parks and Trails

Open - subject to public heath guidelines.  Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guidelines.

Tennis Courts

Open - subject to public heath guidelines.  Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guidelines. Please note pending weather conditions, tennis courts are open until mid-October.

Pickleball

Open - subject to public heath guidelines.  Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guidelines.


Sports Fields Rentals - OPEN as per COVID-19 health & s​​​afety regulations​ under Step 2 of the ​​​Province of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen​

Pavi​lion Rentals - currently unavailable​​






Tennis memberships are required for Horseshoe Valley Memorial Park courts. At this time, memberships are available to Oro-Medonte residents and Township property owners only 

Membership Details 





Please continue to check back for additional information as it becomes available, and monitor ​the Township's website and social media channels to stay informed.​

All Recreation Programs (including fitness, seniors and youth)​Suspended until further notice.
Please continue to check back for additional information as it becomes available, and monitor ​​the Township's website and social media channels to stay informed.​
​​Summer Day CampsSuspended for the 2021 season.
​All summer day camps are suspended for the 2021 season.
Halls & Rentals
  • Oro-Medonte Arena
  • Carley Hall
  • Eady Hall
  • Edgar Hall
  • Hawkestone Hall
  • Jarratt Hall
Community halls/facility rentals remain closed until further notice and direction from Public Health Officials.​

 

Please continue to check back for additional information as it becomes available, and monitor ​​the Township's website and social media channels to stay informed.​
Playgrounds​OPEN - Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guidelines
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​Beaches/WharfsOPEN - Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guidelines

Please note a Township of Oro-Medonte resident parking pass is required for Bayview Memorial Park and Bass Lake locations.

Parking near waterfront areas requires a resident parking pass effective May 1-October 31. 

Please continue to check back for additional information as it becomes available, and monitor  the Township's website and social media channels to stay informed. 

Boat Launches​OPEN - Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guide​lines
Parking at Boat Launch areas requires a resident parking pass effective May 1-October 31.

Please continue to check back for additional information as it becomes available, and 
monitor ​​the Township's website and social media channels to stay informed.​

Green spaces and Trails​
  • Rail Trail
  • Simcoe County Forests
​Green spaces and trails remain open.  Please follow all COVID-19 health & safety regulations and guidelines

Special Events​

All Township of Oro-Medonte community special events are suspended pending further direction from Public Health Officials. 

Notice will be issued when event operations resumes.​
Oro African ChurchClosed 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:

​Municipal Facilities/Service Delivery ​​Impact ​​​Action
​​Township Administration CentreAs 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​


Planning Department

Planning Department - Notice of Temporary Adjustments ​- ​

Planning Applications, Payments, Public Meeting Processes etc can all be found in the Notice attached.

Further Planning Department Information​


 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 

Public Health Guidance for Outdoor Recreational Amenities - Step 2

Public Health Guidance for Facilities for Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities - Step 2​


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.

MORE INFO​

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


 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 conditions.​

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 info@oro-medonte.ca 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 info@oro-medonte.ca 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​
Public Heath Agency of Canada Information on COVID-19