Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, and to ensure the health and safety of the Oro-Medonte community, the Township continues suspension of in-person customer service by appointment at this time. Residents are encouraged to utilize electronic means for Township related business.

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​​Municipal Law Enforcement

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:  Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (simcoemuskokahealth.org)

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.


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.

Item Offence Section Set Fine
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
​Schedule 80.1
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 the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/COVID-19 for further information.

Below is a link to the Reopening Ontario Act:
COVID-19 regional public health measures and restrictions | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario

The Township's Municipal Law Enforcement Officers are available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, by contacting (705) 487-2171, for the purpose of responding to Canine Control issues related to aggressive dogs and/or dogs at large as per the Canine Control By-law, excessive noise as per the Noise By-law and Parking By-law.

The Municipal Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of the Township's By-laws, proactively and through the investigation of complaints. Please note that Municipal Law does not respond to anonymous complaints. Complaints can be filed electronically, regular mail, over the phone or in person at the Administration Offices. The Municipal Law Enforcement Officers work with residents to obtain compliance with the Township By-laws. There is a strong educational component to their activities. The Township is committed to raising awareness of community standards, and enforcing the Township’s by-law using a timely, professional and unbiased approach.

Municipal Law Enforcement is also responsible for enforcement of the Township's Canine Control, Clean and Clear, Property Standards, Kennel Licensing and Parking By-laws, the issuance of Pool Fence Permits, and Sign Permits for signs that are not considered a structure under the Ontario Building Code.

Every by-law complaint/violation is unique and the method of dealing with the by-law complaint should reflect what is necessary in order to resolve it rather than to be unnecessarily punitive. Property owners should always have the opportunity of using the least expensive option for compliance. Our intent is to enforce the by-laws equitably and to apply the level of enforcement that best fits the type and circumstances of by-law violation in order to achieve compliance with the by-law(s). The Municipal Law Enforcement Division has a responsibility to attempt to balance the public good and the rights of individuals when utilizing approaches to the enforcement of various Township by-laws.

By-law - Notice of Temporary Service Adjustments​

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.