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COVID-19 Information

Stay-at-home order

A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order are in effect as of April 8 at 12:01 a.m. The COVID-19covid 19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time:

Find out about the public health measures and restrictions during this time.

 

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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.

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 is currently closed  Staff and access to services will remain in operation.  Call 519-294-6244 to inquire about services during regular work hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm).  The office will be accepting members of the public through appointments only at this time.
  • North Middlesex Arena/Municipal Facilities If you have any arena inquires concerning the use of municipal facilities, please contact Brandon Drew, Manager - Recreation and Facilities at brandond@northmiddlesex.on.ca or by phone at 519-294-6244 ext 205.
  • North Middlesex YMCA  For information on specific YMCA programming and membership information, please visit the North Middlesex YMCA Facebook page or phone 519-459-9622
  • County of Middlesex Library Branches - the Parkhill and Ailsa Craig branches will be offering drop-off/pickup twice a week and scheduled computer/internet access.  For further information, please visit the Middlesex County Library Website.
  • Waste Transfer Station - The Waste Transfer Station is now open according to 2021 Dates/Times.
  • 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 loosly 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 Assessment Corporation (MPAC)Requests for Reconsideration of Assessments deadlne (March 31st) has been extended to 16 days after the Provincial emergency has been lifted

Service Ontario

ServiceOntario is closed until further notice.

Please access ServiceOntario website for online service and alternate locations.

 

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.
 
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.