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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 

Billing & Payments

  • Penalties on current outstanding taxes are waived
  • Interest on tax arrears is waived
  • Late payment charges on water/wastewater bills are waived
  • NSF charges on returned water/wastewater bills payments are waived
  • Rent/utility payments are deferred for community groups running municipal facilities (upon request)
  • Measures in place until 45 Days after Emergency Declaration lifted by North Middlesex
  • 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.

Cancellations & Closures

  • The Municipal Office will be accepting business by appointment only until further notice (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 On Monday, May 25th, 2020 the following park amenities will reopen
    • Tennis Court (Parkhill)
    • Skate Parks
    • Pavilions

       The following amenities will remain closed until further notice:

    • Playground Equipment
    • Splash Pads
    • Park Washrooms
    • Sports Fields (until team sports are permitted)
  • 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)  are closed until further notice.
  • Waste Transfer Station - The Waste Transfer Station is now open according to the to the 2020 Transfer Station Dates and Hours of Operation. Visit the Garbage & Recycling Page for full details.
  • 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.

Service Ontario

Service Ontario will be open to the Public (Effective June 1, 2020), adhering to a maximum capacity of 5 occupants in the lobby area, keeping six (6) feet/ two (2) meters apart.  The office will be open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed between 12:30-1:30 p.m. for lunch).

Ausuable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Trails and conservation areas owned and/or managed by ABCA are reopened to limited use. These conservation area facilities remain closed until further notice: buildings and museums, playgrounds, washrooms and privies. Find out more: https://www.abca.ca/news/disruptions/

Council Meetings

 

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.