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COVID-19 Information

The Municipality takes the health of residents and visitors very seriously and is carefully monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to act with the best interests of our residents and it is crucial that we mitigate the risk to the community.

Before accessing municipal services or visiting municipal facilities we encourage residents to phone the Municipal Office at 519-294-6244.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Emergency Declaration

Following the lead of the Province of Ontario and the County of Middlesex, the Municipality of North Middlesex has made the decision to Declare a State of Emergency effective today (March 17th, 2020) at 3:10 pm in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The rationale to this undertaking is as follows:

  1. Under a Declared Emergency, registered volunteers are covered under WSIB, this includes our local CERV, Salvation Army & Victim Services of Middlesex-London.
  2. Under a Declared Emergency, staff and elected officials are protected from personal liability from decisions made during or as a result of the emergency
  3. A Declared Emergency status may position the municipality in a more favourable light if any funds become available from the Province & Federal governments post-emergency.

Set Fines for Offences under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Inquiries & Reporting

Issues and inquiries concerning COVID-19 related matters may be directed to our COVID-19 email address - COVID19@northmiddlesex.on.ca  The municipality will attempt to provide answers, education and enforcement specific to COVID-19 concerns through this email.  Please note, our municipal law enforcement officers are now authorized to enforce all emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and apply fines associated with this act.  Our primary goal is to inform and educate the public during this time.  **IMPORTANT** If you are reporting a matter for potential investigation under the Emergency Orders - the 911 Address MUST be included in your email of where or with whom this occurred in order to expedite a response.  Thank you for your co-operation in this regard 

Cancellations & Closures

  • The Municipal Office is closed until further notice. Staff are still available to assist.  If you require assistance, please phone 519-294-6244.
  • North Middlesex Arena has been closed to the public until further notice
  • North Middlesex Community Centres are now closed to the public until further notice
  • Parks & Recreation amenities are closed.  This includes playground equipment, sportsfields, tennis courts, skateparks and park pavilions.  Please practice social distance measures in all our our public areas. Please review the announcement from the Provincial Governement (March 30th, 2020)
  • Service Ontario is now closed. We encourage residents to use Service Ontario online services if possible.
  • North Middlesex YMCA Fitness Centre is closed until further notice and programming has been cancelled/postponed.  For further information on specific YMCA programming and memership information, please visit the North Middlesex YMCA Facebook page or phone 519-459-9622
  • Both County of Middlesex Library branches (Ailsa Craig & Parkhill) will be closed as of 8:30 pm on Monday March 16th, 2020.  The library branches are expected to be closed from March 17th - April 4th.
  • Interest and Penalties will be waived on overdue payments (Water/Tax) until further notice.  At this time we encourage residents to fill out the pre-authorized payment plans. Pre-authroized payment form found under "Finance" section of our Applications, Forms, Licences and Permits page.
  • Waste Transfer Station - The Waste Transfer Station is currently closed.  Please see "COVID Waste Transfer Station Infromation" section below for Waste Transfer Station openings on Wednesday, April 8th and Wednesday, April 15th.  The April 25th Spring Clean-up Day has been postponed until further notice..
  • Waste & Garbage Collection (provided by Bluewater Recycling Association) is proceeding as usual.  BRA has provided some guidelines for waste disposal during the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage.  Wash your hands afterwards.
    • Bag all waste. Do not place waste lossly in garbage containers.
    • If you're sick: place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage - even items that you normally place into your recycling bin (eg. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, etc.)
  • Municipal Property Assesment Corporation (MPAC) Requests for Reconsidertion of Assesments deadlne (March 31st) has been extended to 16 days after the Provincial emergency has been lifted
  • Open Air Burns are still available through permit process (Contact Fire Chief at 519-494-6001).  In addition, small recreation fires are still permitted.

COVID-19 Waste Transfer Station Information

The April 25th Spring Cleaning (municipal-wide) will be postponed until further notice

The Transfer Station (395 Victoria Street, Parkhill) is generally closed until further notice.  However, the Transfer Station will be open on Wednesday, April 8th and Wednesday, April 15th from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm:

  • There will be a limit of three (3) individual/vehicles on site at any given time
  • Staff will be on-site to give general direction

Materials Accepted: E-Waste (Electronics) Bin on site. Tires, Brush, potted plants, leaves in paper bags. Owner responsible to dump leaves out of plastic bags.

Appliances: Dehumidifiers, dishwashers, stoves, bbq’s, fridge, stoves, washer, dryers. Metal material-doors must be removed from appliances Note: Appliances containing refrigerants must have Certification Tag attached stating that is has been drained of freon gas regardless if compressor has been removed.

Renovation Material: Carpet, plywood, vinyl siding, metal doors, toilet, wall tile, insulation

Furniture: Couch, table, chair, steel bed rails

Materials Not Accepted: HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, used oil, paint, shingles, asphalt, drywall, animal waste, spoiled grain, tree stumps, HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE, batteries, plaster, Fluorescent Light Bulbs. 

 

Ausuable Bayfield Conservation Authority - Conservation Areas and Trails (CLOSED)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Conservation Areas and trails closed to public

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Notice of Closure (March 31, 2020)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) conservation areas and trails are closed to the public until further notice.

The closure complies with the March 30, 2020 provincial declaration to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities.

Barriers and signs are at property entrances. Even if a barrier is not in place, the property is closed. Information is also on the ABCA website at abca.ca and Facebook page.

The closure affects all conservation areas: Clinton, Bannockburn, Zurich, Morrison Dam, Crediton, Lucan, Parkhill, Rock Glen, and Ausable River Cut. Other properties include Mystery Falls, L-Lake, Sadler Tract, and Linfield. The closure also includes MacNaughton – Morrison Trail. The ABCA owns thousands of acres of forests where there are no trails and these properties are also closed until further notice.

To find out more visit abca.ca.

Council Meetings

  • All Council Meetings are cancelled until further notice
  • All Committees of Council Meetings are cancelled until further notice

COVID-19 Information Links

Employment/Business Information

Agriculture Supports

 Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store

The Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store offers a helping hand to the Municipality of North Middlesex, the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, the Township of Lucan Biddulph and the Municipality of Lambton Shores.

The Foodbank is experiencing a diminishing stock and is already seeing new clients in need. If you have the ability to do so, please consider donations to the Foodbank. Any donations go a long way in helping our communities overcome this difficult time.
 
Currently, the Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store requires the follow items:
  • boxes (preferably liquor store size/style)
  • reusable shopping bags
  • Canned salmon
  • Hamburger helper
  • Instant potatoes
  • Snack crackers
  • Canned vegetables (cream corn, mixed veg, etc.)
  • Flour
  • Oatmeal
  • Powdered milk
  • 1 litre fruit or vegetable juices
  • Coffee/tea
  • Bread
  • 28 & 14 oz. canned fruit (fruit cocktail, peaches, pineapple)
  • Pie filling
  • Cake mix/frosting
  • Instant pudding mix
  • Cookies
  • Personal hygiene items (feminine, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, paper products, etc.)
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Pet food
  • fresh or frozen meat, fruits and vegetables
Cash Donation Information:
  • Donations can be made through links on their website (CandaHelps or Paypal): https://ailsacraigareafoodbank.webs.com/
  • cheques can be made out to "Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store and mailed or dropped off to:
161 Ailsa Craig Main Street
P.O. Box 64
Ailsa Craig ON N0M 1A0
Phone/Fax:
519-293-3637
Hours of Service:
Tuesday-Saturday   10:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Closed on Saturdays of Statutory Holidays.