COVID-19

The Township of Huron-Kinloss declared A State of Emergency on March 23, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With this declaration and the provincial government’s decision to close non-essential businesses, the Township has made adjustments to the way we provide services to our residents to focus on providing essential services.
Essential services will focus on the following: policing, fire and emergency response; water supply and waste water treatment; emergency infrastructure repair; roads and supporting other essential services as identified by the province.

Township staff is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario and will reassess the situation and keep the public informed on any changes.  

Check back to this page regularly and follow us on Facebook @HuronKinloss and on Twitter @Huron_Kinloss or contact us (519) 395-3735 or info@huronkinloss.com for up-to-date information.
 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with public health officials, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has extended the closure of the following facilities to the public until July 31.

Township facilities and amenities CLOSED to the public:

  • Municipal Office 
  • Ripley-Huron Community Centre
  • Point Clark Community Centre
  • Lucknow Town Hall Theater

Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields are now OPEN for casual use only, including:

  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer fields
  • Tennis courts - Team play or doubles matches are not permitted unless participants are from the same households
  • Basketball courts
  • BMX parks 
  • Skate parks
  • Seasonal Washrooms
  • Splash Pads - Lucknow and Ripley
  • Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs
  • All outdoor playground structures
  • Seasonal Washrooms

Emergency Provincial Orders remain in place prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people outside of your current household.
To allow for physical distancing and to limit the spread of COVID-19 when using outdoor amenities, maintain a two-meter distance from others, bring your own hand sanitizer to wash their hands before and after visiting, avoid touching your face and stay home if feeling unwell.
 

Staff is available by phone (519) 395-3735 and e-mail info@huronkinloss.com during normal business hours  8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday to Friday.

For after-hour emergencies regarding municipal issues, please call 1-866-299-5199.

Council and Committee Meetings are being held using an electronic format.  

Instructions on how to join electronic Council meetings. 
 

Municipal, Provincial and Health Unit Key Orders 

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act the Mayor may take such actions and make orders as the Mayor considers necessary to implement the Township's emergency plan and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Township.  

  • Municipal Order - Revocation Order regarding open air burning within the Township of Huron-Kinloss
  • Municipal Order to not permit open air burning within the Township of Huron-Kinloss. This ban applies to all open air burns, beach fires and recreational fires (campfires) and fireworks in accordance with the Township of Huron-Kinloss Open Air Burning By-Law No.2016-139 (as amended). REVOKED
  • Municipal Order Revocation Order regarding the operation of any values for the purpose of supplying water to seasonal dwelling.
  • Municipal Order to not permit the operation of any valves for the purpose of supplying water to seasonal dwellings. REVOKED

Complete List of Provincial orders 

Grey-Bruce Public Health Order

  • Class Order of the Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit for all beaches in Grey and Bruce Counties to be closed has been rescinded.

           MOH - Beaches Open Press Release (May 28, 2020)

           MOH - Beach Closure Class Order Rescinded (May 28, 2020)

           MOH - Face Coverings Required in Indoor Public Places

Inquiries respecting this order please contact

Grey Bruce Health Unit,
101 17th Street East, Owen Sound ON N4K 0A5
Phone: 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 x 1269
Email: d.ferguson@publichealthgreybruce.ca

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) the Township of Huron-Kinloss has the authority to enforce emergency orders made under the Act in response to COVID-19. 
To make inquiries or to file a report during regular business hours please contact the Municipal Office (519) 395-3735 or info@huronkinloss.com.
After hours, please contact the South Bruce OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
If you wish to file a report regarding non-compliance under the Quarantine Act, contact Public Health Agency of Canada. For emergencies please call 9-1-1. 
 

Water Valves: In light of the water revocation order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Residents, please follow your normal practices for turning on your water. If you request a water turn on by the Township, please provide a minimum three business days’ notice. Water turn-on will only be performed during regular business hours.

The Huron Landfill: The Huron Landfill is open to the public.  To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented additional safety measures to protect both staff and the public.  These procedures may cause delays at the site, please be patient and courteous. 


•    Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
•    The methods of payment will be on-account or debit, using the tap option.
•    There will be a limit of five vehicles permitted on-site at one time to physical distancing.
•    Brush will be permitted however we strongly encourage use of the temporary yard waste depots in Point Clark, Ripley and Lucknow.
•    We encourage residents to continue to use curbside pick-up for household garbage.

 

Kinloss Landfill: The Kinloss Landfill will be open on Saturdays to the public starting Saturday June 6, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The site only accepts brush, steel, white goods and recyclables, and is located at 690 Kairshea Avenue between Bruce Road 1 and Paradise Lake Street.
 

For the curb-side garbage and recycling schedule or to sign-up for notifications visit Bruce Area Recycling

To set up an account for the Landfill please submit an application for credit. Applications can found on our website Township of Huron-Kinloss  or contact the Township office at 519-395-3735 or by email jjohnson@huronkinloss.com.
 

Curbside Garbage and Recycling Pick-up:  will continue and residents are urged to utilize this service. For the schedule or to sign-up for notifications visit the Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling.

Temporary Yard Waste Disposal Sites in Huron-Kinloss are available to dispose of brush, leaves, branches and grass clippings.  Please respect social distancing and remain a minimum of 6 feet from other residents.  No household garbage or plastic bags.  (Contractors not permitted) 

Point Clark Community Centre, 344 Lake Range Drive, Point Clark just south of the cardboard recycling bins.

Ripley-Huron Community Centre, 17 Queen Street, Ripley beside the tennis courts.

Lucknow Soccer Fields, 907 Havelock Street, Lucknow, just south of the Lucknow Soccer Fields.
 

Yard Waste Disposal Map

Ripley-Huron Fire Hall is closed to the public The Ripley-Huron Fire Department will continue to provide Emergency Response services to the community without delay or interruption. 

Lucknow and District Fire Hall is closed to the public. The Lucknow and District Fire Department will continue to provide Emergency Response services to the community without delay or interruption.

 

Taxes and Municipal Payments will continue to be processed. For all tax inquiries, questions about payments, or concerns, please contact the Treasury Department at 519-395-3735.

  • Mail - PO Box 130, Ripley, ON, N0G 2R0
  • Drop-box at the Municipal Office, 21 Queen St. Ripley, or 
  • By telephone or online banking

The 2020 interim taxes have already been billed with installments due March 2, 2020 and June 1, 2020. 

Council has authorized that no penalty will be charged on any current year taxes and receivables until September 1, 2020.  

Interest will continue to apply if you have 2019 (or older) tax arrears.  

Tax notices for the third and fourth will be calculated and mailed in August, with installments due October 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020.
 
Pre-authorized payments and previously submitted post dated cheques will continue to be processed as usual unless you contact the Township office at 519-3935-3735 or e-mail phunter@huronkinloss.com to make changes.  

Notification must be received at least one week prior to the scheduled date to allow time to process the change. 

Please remember that pre authorized payment plans are designed to equalize your payments throughout the year and delaying payments will affect the remainder due for the year. 
 

Building Permits, Building & Planning Services

The Building & Planning Department continues to operate. Residents wishing to apply for a building permits can email the Building Department at mfarrell@huronkinloss.com 

The Township of Huron-Kinloss now offer residents, builders, and the business community the ability to apply for and track your building permits online.

The Cloudpermit building permit system allows you to submit your application from anywhere, at any time and track its progress as it gets approved. You can start an application and finish it later, and receive email updates on the status of your permit application. You can even request building inspections!

To register and use the system, please visit; https://ca.cloudpermit.com/login

You can still submit applications through the mail, by email or in person at the Township of Huron-Kinloss Municipal Office.

Inspections can be scheduled by email mfarrell@huronkinloss.com or by phoning 519-395-3735.
 
Many construction projects are not considered essential at this time and Provincial Orders prohibit them from operating. Please call the “Stop the Spread Business Information Line” at 1-888-444-3659 to determine whether your project is considered essential.

By-Law Enforcement continues to operate.  To report By-Law complaints please contact (519)-395-3735 or for emergencies contact (519)-395-3844; response time will vary based on the nature of the complaint.
 

For a list of Huron-Kinloss businesses offering services please visit Stay Home and Shop Local

We have a list of COVID-19 Business Supports assembled to help direct you to programs, funds, and information that will help you through the pandemic. We also communicate this information through our Do Business Huron-Kinloss Facebook page. so make sure you're following.

Of course, if at any time you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone at 519-395-3735 so that we can assist you.

The County of Bruce has launched an Economic Task Force made up of economic development professionals, business owners, local stakeholder, and municipal staff with a mandate to support businesses and guide Bruce County to a thriving economy once again.

For any businesses in Township unsure of whether they are deemed essential by the Province of Ontario, the Stop the Spread hotline is available to answer these questions. Anyone with questions or concerns can call the province’s Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659.
 

Press Release July 17, 2020 - Outdoor Play Structures Reopen

Information Bulletin June 26, 2020 - Splash Pads and Seasonal Washrooms Open

Information Bulletin June 15, 2020 - Day Camps Cancelled

Information Bulletin June 2, 2020 - Recreation Facility Closures Extended Until June 30

Information Bulletin May 28, 2020 - Beaches Open

Press Release May 22, 2020 - Township of Huron-Kinloss OPENS outdoor park facilities and off-leash Dog Park

Press Release May 14, 2020 - Open Air Fire Ban Revoked in the Township of Huron-Kinloss

Press Release May 8, 2020 - Huron-Kinloss Mayor Revokes Municipal Order regarding the Operation of Valves for the Purposes of Supplying Water to Seasonal Dwellings

Press Release May 7, 2020 - Garage and/or Yard Sales CORRECTION from Grey-Bruce Health Unit

Press Release May 6, 2020 - Garage and/or Yard Sales Prohibited in Grey/Bruce

Press Release April 30, 2020 - Burn Ban Order in Effect for all of Huron-Kinloss

Press Release April 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Enforcement

News & Updates April 15, 2020 – Temporary Yard Waste Disposal Sites

Press Release April 8, 2020 - Huron-Kinloss Mayor Addressees the Public with the Township of Huron-Kinloss Response to COVID-19 to Date

Press Release April 3, 2020 – Chief Fire Officials Issue Full Burn Ban

Information Bulletin April 2, 2020 – Message From the Ripley-Huron Fire Department About COVID-19

Information Bulletin April 1, 2020 -Curb-side Recycling Pick-up Resumes and All Park Amenities are Closed until Further Notice

Press Release March 30, 2020 - Huron-Kinloss Mayor Imposes Order to Not Permit the Operation of Any Valves for the Purposes of Supplying Water to Seasonal Dwellings during the Emergency Pandemic Situation.

Information Bulletin March 25, 2020 – Huron Landfill Site Closed to General Public

Information Bulletin March 24, 2020 – Township of Huron-Kinloss Closes All Municipal Playground Structures

Emergency Bulletin March 23, 2020 - The Township of Huron-Kinloss Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID19

Information Bulletin March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 UPDATE: Municipal Office Closed March 20, 2020 for Pandemic Relief Day

Information Bulletin March 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: Continuity of Business Operations and Municipal Facilities

News Release March 13, 2020 - Township Recreational Programming and Facility Rentals Cancelled

 

Mayor’s Address to Residents

Mayor Twolan’s Address to Residents April 8, 2020
Mayor Twolan’s Address to Residents March 30, 2020,

The Township of Huron-Kinloss will continue to gather 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. 

 

SPARK Ontario connects volunteers with seniors, people with disabilities and other Ontarians requiring assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spark Ontario

Call 211 to speak to a person about issues you are facing regarding food, housing, transportation, mental health, or other concerns. Bruce Grey Information Data Base

Kincardine Food Bank: Open Thursdays from 10AM to 1PM. Located at Anglican Church of the Messiah, 415 Russell St. East, Kincardine. Phone 519-396-2185; Email: circlef@bmts.com

Home and Community Support Services Grey Bruce: This agency offers the Meals on Wheels program. Call 519-372-2091 or email mow@hcssgreybruce.com 

Wes for Youth: Counselling for youth Call 519-507-3737 or email office@wesforyouthonline.ca. 
CMHA Grey Bruce: Mental Health and Addiction Services. Call 1-877-470-5200. 

Bruce County Human Services: Call 519-881-0431 or email info@brucecounty.on.ca
Telehealth Ontario Call 1-866-797-0000 

Grey Bruce Health Unit: Call 519-376-9420 and press 3000 if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID– 19, which include:

  • Difficulty Breathing 
  • Fever
  • Persistent Cough 

COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Grey Bruce Region

Ontario Community Support Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services by visiting Ontario Community Support.

Those without internet access, or who require service in a language other than English or French, can contact 211 at any time by dialing 211, 1-877-330-3213 (toll free) or 1-888-340-1001 for TTY service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with public health officials, several events, fundraisers, festivals and activities have been cancelled. 

For a full list of Huron-Kinloss cancelled events, please visit the our  Community Events page.

We love having visitors in Huron-Kinloss, which is why asking everyone to stay at home this season due to COVID-19 has been so hard!

For the 2020 season, the following events and locations are cancelled/closed:

Check our Community Calendar for event updates, but please remember to check in before you head to any business or location to see what kind of COVID-19 precautions they’re taking, if the event is canceled, or if the location you’re planning to visit is open.

Township of Huron-Kinloss Community Events Calendar with noted cancellations.

Make sure you're following our Facebook account for updates regarding the 2020 tourism season. You can also subscribe for news updates and more to get up-to-date information right in your e-mail inbox!

We look forward to a time when we can invite you to once again enjoy all the magic that is Huron-Kinloss, from the beaches to the meals; the shops to the adventures. Until that time, please stay at home, stay safe, and above all, be kind. 

 

 


Contact Us

Phone: 519-395-3735
Fax: 519-395-4107
Email: info@huronkinloss.com
Address:
21 Queen Street, P.O. Box 130, Ripley ON N0G 2R0