Updates (as of March 23, 2020 as of 9:58 a.m.)
Parks and Recreation: The MNBP Parks Recreation Facilities/Community Centres are closed to the public as of March 16 until April 6, 2020. All recreational and leisure programs, including private bookings have been postponed until April 6, 2020. Playground structures are posted as closed to protect the health and safety of the public.
Library: The Bruce County Public Library has closed the LH and Tobermory Library Branches until further notice.
Public Works/Operations – Landfill Sites and Recycling Depot: Regular hours will continue at the Municipal Landfill Sites (Landfill hours change April 1st). Curb side collection will continue as previously scheduled. All Waste Disposal site Re-use Buildings are closed to the public until further notice.
Water/Wastewater: Detailed contingency plans are in place for municipal water and wastewater and system are operated by Ontario Clean Water Agency.
Cemeteries: Residents are advised to call the Municipal Office for cemetery inquires.
Municipal Office: The Municipal Office will be closed to the public from March 16, 2020 until April 6, 2020. The Drop-Off Box will be available for residents to drop off documentation, payments, etc. A telephone has been set up in the front entrance of the Municipal office so customers can access the office via telephone for assistance.
Taxes and Utility Bill Payments: The tax due date of April 30, 2020 is still in effect. Residents can drop off payment by cheque to the Municipal Office Drop-Off Box, or sign up for online payments through their banking institution.
Building Permits: Residents wishing to obtain building permits can drop off documentation at the Municipal Office Drop Off Box or leave in the front entrance. The customer can contact the Building Department to arrange details via telephone or email. Inspections will be at the discretion of the CBO.
Burn Permits: Due to the closing of the Municipal Office, burn permits can only be procured by using the online service on the Municipal website, until further notice.
By-Law Enforcement: Any issues with By-Law Enforcement or Animal Control, please telephone or email By-law Enforcement Officer. Responding to calls will be at the discretion of the By-law Enforcement Officer.
Licensing and Commissioning: Lottery licensing services, Marriage licensing will be reviewed by staff on a case-by-case basis. Commissioner of Oath services will be dealt with on case-by-case basis.
Council Meetings: Council meetings are proceeding as scheduled. There are tender opportunities that are currently advertised. Bids will still be accepted for these tenders prior to the closing deadline and please call the municipal office to arrange delivery. Tender openings will proceed as scheduled; however, in the best interests of municipal staff, members of the public and bidders these proceedings will be available for the public with social distancing measures in place.
The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula will continue to obtain information and updates from the County of Bruce, The Grey Bruce Health Unit, the Province of Ontario and other health agencies and will provide new information to residents when available. Please visit our website for updated information, https://www.northbrucepeninsula.ca/en/live/emergency-planning.aspx# or call the municipal office at 519-793-3522.
The following links provide useful information about COVID-19:
The Province of Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-2
Grey Bruce Health Unit: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/
Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
MNBP website: https://www.northbrucepeninsula.ca/en/live/covid-19-coronavirus.aspx
Ontario declared a state of emergency
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the province, this morning. (March 17th).
When a state of emergency is declared, the province has the power to limit personal travel, close down public or private buildings and fix prices for goods to prevent unreasonable inflation.
In Ontario, a state of emergency can only last up to 14 days. If the province’s Lieutenant Governor wants to extend it, she may do so for an additional 14 days before the initial state of emergency has ended.
Other concerns continue be raised about people not taking social distancing seriously, please ensure your distance is a least three feet and each other.
The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula appreciates everyone’s support during these challenging times. Please remember that although the doors are closed to the public, staff are here to keep services running smoothly and to assist you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to call or email us for assistance.
Please note this information is subject to change without notice due to rapidly changing information updates.
Cathy Addison – Deputy Clerk/Emergency Management Coordinator -Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula