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 and on Twitter or contact us (519) 395-3735 or by email for up-to-date information.

Township Facilities and Amenities

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with public health officials, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has closed facilities to the public until September 8th.

Township facilities and amenities CLOSED to the public:

  • Municipal Office 
  • Ripley-Huron Community Centre
  • Point Clark Community Centre
  • Lucknow Town Hall Theater
  • The Lucknow and District Sports Complex
  • Lucknow and District Community Centre

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 
  • Skate parks
  • Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs
  • All outdoor playground structures
  • Splash Pads
  • 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 email 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.

Municipal, Provincial and Health Unit 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

Provincial Orders 

Grey-Bruce Public Health Unit

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

MOH - Beach Closure Class Order Rescinded (May 28, 2020)

MOH - MOH Face Covering Order (July 14, 2020)

MOH - MOH Extends Face Covering Order (August 14, 2020)

MOH - MOH Extends Face Covering Order (September 9, 2020)

 

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 by email


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. 

Public Works (Including Garbage and Recycling)

Seasonal Water Turn On

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.

Landfills

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, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Brush will be permitted however we strongly encourage use of the temporary yard waste depots in Point Clark, Ripley and Lucknow. This will be available to until November 2020.
  • We encourage residents to continue to use curbside pick-up for household garbage.

Kinloss Landfill: The Kinloss Landfill will be open on Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until October 31, 2020.  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.

Garbage and Recycling Pick-up

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 or contact the Township office at 519-395-3735 or by email.
 

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

Temporary Yard Waste Disposal Sites in Huron-Kinloss are available until November 2020, 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

Fire Department

The 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. 

The 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.

Finance

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

A reminder to Huron-Kinloss property owners that the penalty deferral ends on September 1, 2020. Updated statements were mailed the first week of August.  Any amounts outstanding after September 1st will be subject to interest.

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.  

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 by email 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, Planning and Bylaw

The Building & Planning Department continues to operate. Residents wishing to apply for a building permits can email the Building Department.

Completed applications may be submitted by mail, e-mail or delivered the drop box located at the Municipal Office. 

Inspections can be scheduled by email or by phone, 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.

Business Information

We are communicating information and opportunities available for businesses through our Do Business Huron-Kinloss Facebook page.

The County of Bruce has launched an Economic Task Force made up of economic development professionals, business owners, local stakeholder, and municipal staff that will guide you through the application processes and help you receive appropriate funding to assist you and your business during the COVID-19 crisis.

For any businesses in Huron-Kinloss who are 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.

Public Notices

Information Bulletin July 17, 2020 - Outdoor Play Structures Reopen; Municipal Facilities Remain Closed to the Public

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

Helpful Resources

 

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. 

Community Support Information

  • Spark Ontario connects volunteers with seniors, people with disabilities and other Ontarians requiring assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • 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 is available for Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services.

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.

Cancelled Events Due to COVID-19

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 our Community Events page. 

Tourism

 

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.

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.