The Province of Ontario has entered a Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen from January 5, 2022 until January 26, 2022 with the possibility of further extensions - Province of Ontario Regulation 263/20

Temporary changes are in place for some Municipal services and facilities as a result of the new requirements. A list of facilities and services and updated information is provided below. If you would like to stay updated on any changes or new information, please subscribe here: 

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Province of Ontario

Step Two to the Roadmap to Reopen

The Province has implemented the following measures:

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors. 
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors. 
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site. 
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits. 
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. 
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed. 
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions. 
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity. 
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted. 
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted. 
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions. 
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity. 
  • Closing indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity. Boat tours permitted at 50 per cent capacity. 
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements. 

 

 

Ministry of Health Guidance for Businesses and Organizations

 

Municipal Services

Please use our online services where possible.

See the service listing below for detailed information on any changes or disruptions to our services.

Customer Service

The Municipal Administration office located at 21 Trowbridge Street West is closed until January 31st, 2022. Municipal staff are available to assist residents by phone and email during normal business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Stay Connected with us:  

Telephone: (519) 538-1060

Email: info@meaford.ca

After Hours: 1-888-525-7024

Report a Concern

You can mail documents and cheques to:

Municipality of Meaford, 21 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford ON N4L 1A1 or use the drop box located beside the front door at the Administration office.

 Animal Services

Dog Tags

A 2021 dog tag is valid until March 31, 2022. The early bird fee for 2022 dog tags are available until March 31st. Dog tags continue to be available for purchase through the following methods:

  • Complete the online form and payment and a tag will be mailed to you within 7 business days.
  • Drop off a completed application and payment (cash or cheque) in the drop box located at the Municipal Administration Office at 21 Trowbridge St W. Meaford and a tag will be mailed to you within 7 business days.

Please complete the Dog Tag Application Form

Animal Support Services

Officers continue to respond to lost dogs, dogs in distress and dogs at large that are posing a risk to public safety or other domesticated animals.

To learn more please visit our Animal Services Page.

 By-law Services

Contact

By-law Enforcement can be reached by calling (519) 538-2121, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you require immediate assistance outside of these hours that is posing a risk to any person, public or animal, call at our dispatch at 1(888) 525-7024 or OPP dispatch 1 (888) 310-1122. 

If it is an immediate life safety concern, call 9-1-1.  

Complaints

Municipal complaints continue to be received, documented and reviewed and an inspection will be conducted based on our priority matrix and Officer safety.

Patrols

Municipal Enforcement Officers continue to patrol throughout the Municipality to educate the public on the restrictions as set out by the Province.

Inspections 

Municipal Enforcement Officers will continue to conduct exterior inspections and will only conduct interior inspections related to life and safety of persons, property and domesticated animals. 

 Council Meetings

Meaford Council meetings are being held virtually. 

If a member of the public wishes to make a deputation on items on the Council agenda or ask a public question of Council, they may do so remotely via Zoom (phone/internet). Members of the public wishing to make a deputation or ask a public question must register in advance with Legislative Services by 10:00 a.m. on the date of the meeting by contacting deputyclerk@meaford.ca or 519-538-1060 ext. 1100. An email with access information will be sent to those who register for remote participation.

You can find the meeting agenda at Meaford.civicweb.net, and watch the meeting livestream online on the Municipality of Meaford’s Youtube channel.

Committee Meetings

Municipal Advisory Committee meetings are currently cancelled for the month of January 2022. 

Members of the public are encouraged to provide Committees with their comments and questions. Presentations must be pre-arranged with the Clerks department before the agenda is released. Members of the public who wish to make a deputation about a specific agenda item at the meeting must register in advance with Legislative Services by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting, by contacting deputyclerk@meaford.ca or 519-538-1060 ext. 1100. Presentations are limited to 10 minutes, and deputations are limited to 5 minutes.

You can find the meeting agenda at our Council Portal.

Financial Services - Paying Bills  

Staff are continuing to process property tax inquiries, property sales data, owner changes and address changes.

Accounts Payable are continuing to be processed to ensure vendors accounts are kept up to date.

Property tax and utility payments may be made via online banking, in-person at your financial institution, by mailing a cheque or placing a cheque in the dropbox at the Administration office. Payments are processed weekly. For more information:Paying Taxes and Paying Utility.

Parking tickets can be paid by cheque by placing a cheque in the drop box at the Administration office.

 Fire Services

The Municipality remains prepared to respond to emergencies. Emergency response by the Meaford Fire Department and the Inter-Township Fire Department is not impacted.

At this time, fire prevention inspections will only be conducted related to life and safety of persons and property. 

Public education events have been suspended. 

 Garbage, Recycling and Organics Pickup

Collection of garbage, Blue Bin (recycling), and Green Bin (organics), is not impacted and will continue as scheduled.

Bag tags can be purchased and are continuing to be stocked at the following service vendors.

  • Rockford Service Centre
  • Owen Sound Food Basics
  • Annan Post Office
  • Meaford Ultramar
  • Bill's Valu Mart
  • Circle K
  • Foodland Thornbury
  • Meaford Rexall
  • Jet Variety
  • IDA Pharmacy Meaford
  • Home Hardware (Both Locations - Rice's and Knights)
  • Meaford Convenience Plus
  • Meaford Convenience and Pet Stop
  • Meaford Esso

We ask everyone to keep following our standard guidelines for garbage pickup, and continue to put out a maximum of 3 bags weighing under 40 lbs each, and to have them to the curb by 7:00 a.m.

The Miller Waste Transfer Station at 2085 20th Avenue East, Owen Sound is continuing to operate as usual.

Please ensure that all material placed in garbage bins and green bins are properly bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins and other sanitary/hygiene products.

Electronic waste and Styrofoam Recycling have not been impacted and will continue as scheduled. 

Jobs

The Municipality will continue to accept resumes for all posted job vacancies appearing on our Job Opportunities page. Only those applicants that have applied for positions who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.  

Leaf and Yard Waste

The Leaf and Yard Waste Depot at 157859 7th Line is currently closed. They are accepting natural Christmas tree drop off (cleaned from tinsel) until January 31st, 2022. 

 

For more information, visit www.meaford.ca/yardwaste.

Lottery Licences

New Lottery Licences are not being issued at this time. If you have an existing licence that needs to either be extended or renewed, please contact 519-538-1060 ext. 1602 or email bylaw@meaford.ca for assistance. 

Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall is currently closed to the public. 

Stay updated at www.meafordhall.ca. Any performance dates listed on our website may change. For ticket information, contact Meaford Hall at ticket@meaford.ca or 519-538-0463.

Meaford Harbour

The Meaford Harbour is following the restrictions in place by the Province of Ontario.

For more information see the Meaford Harbour page.

Meaford Moves+

The Meaford Moves+ accessible transit service is operating with new safety protocols in place. Call 519-538-5577 to book your trip.

Meaford Museum

The Meaford Museum is closed.

Check out the Meaford Museum webpage for more information.

 Meaford Public Library

The Meaford Public Library is open with a 50 per cent capacity limit to permit physical distancing. Online Library services are also available by visiting www.meaford.ca/library.

 

Staff are monitoring all phone calls and emails and will respond as soon as possible. Contact us at 519-538-3500 or libraryinfo@meaford.ca

Municipal Construction Projects

Active Municipal capital projects are continuing to be planned and completed in accordance with applicable legislation. 

Parks and Facilities

The Meaford and St Vincent Arena and Community Centre is closed to the public except attending a vaccination clinic.

Riverside, Bognor, and Woodford Community Halls are currently unavailable for bookings.

Please be aware that even when provincial limitations are lifted, Municipal limitations may continue for the safety of our community until we have the proper procedures in place.

Visit our Parks and Facilities Directory

Our parks and open spaces are open for use. This includes:

  • tennis courts
  • skate park
  • baseball diamonds 
  • picnic sites and picnic tables
  • pickleball
  • splash Pad
  • public washrooms (are currently closed for the season)
  • parks and recreational areas, benches
  • playgrounds, play structures, and play equipment
  • off-leash dog parks
  • beaches 

Please remember that in any of our indoor and outdoor facilities, the Province's Roadmap to Reopening restrictions apply. Always:

  • Practice physical distancing from those outside your household or social circle.
  • Dogs must ALWAYS be leashed, unless posted otherwise.
  • Follow all other facility rules posted at each site.

Areas are being patrolled to ensure the safety of our community. If you see activity that concerns you, please report it to the non-emergency OPP line at 1-888-310-1122.

 Planning and Building

Building Services

Our Building Services staff are continuing to support building applications and processes following the restrictions in place by the Province of Ontario.

Applicants are advised that starting some constructions projects continue to be limited based upon the Provincial requirements for non-essential versus essential construction. Please confirm how the most up-to-date Provincial requirements apply to your project before starting work, following building permit issuance. 

Due to limitations associated with staff working alternate and remote-working arrangements, usual timelines will not apply, though we will do our very best to issue permits in a timely manner.

Applications are to be made in hardcopy to the Administration office by mail, or using the mail drop slot. Payments must be submitted by cheque. Please connect with our staff before submitting your applications, to confirm applicable fees and any other complete application requirements.  

Rick Carefoot, Chief Building Official(CBO) (rcarefoot@meaford.ca) and Tammy Dobie, Deputy CBO (tdobie@meaford.ca ) can be reached directly by email for ongoing files and inspection requests. General inquiries or inspection requests can be directed to building@meaford.ca.

At the time of scheduling of inspections, staff will discuss safety measures and social distancing/site protocols that meet with current Provincial and local Health Unit requirements. An inspection will only be carried out where the safety of staff can be ensured. For occupied buildings, this may require submitting alternate supporting materials such as photos or videos if a physical inspection cannot be safely carried out.

Planning Services

We are accepting and processing new Planning Applications.

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 149/20, the usual timelines under the Planning Act will not generally apply to acceptance and processing of applications during the emergency, though we are doing our best to review and process applications in a timely manner.

Applications are to be made in hardcopy by mail or using the mail drop slot at the Administration Office located at 21 Trowbridge Street West. Payments must be submitted by cheque. Please connect with staff before submitting your applications, to confirm applicable fees and any other complete application requirements. Digital copies of forms and supporting documents are usually required, in addition to the hardcopy submission. Staff can provide guidance regarding digital submissions on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like to speak with planning staff about a planning application that is under way or your project, please call 519-538-1060 ext. 1119 or email planning@meaford.ca

Policing

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to provide police services for the Municipality.

The Chatsworth Detachment continues to process criminal record checks for employment purposes.

Callers to the OPP are screened for COVID-19 to protect the frontline officer who responds. Members of the public are encouraged to use the online reporting tool where possible. 

Public Consultation

Online consultation related to specific projects is continuing. You can still get involved by visiting our Get Involved webpage, Planning and Development - Current Developments web page and our Capital Projects page for a list of current projects and initiatives with opportunities to provide input.

 Recreation Programs

In-person recreation programs have been postponed.

As restrictions lift, more programs may be offered. For more information, please visit www.meaford.ca/recreation.  

 Road and Sidewalk Maintenance

Critical road and sidewalk operations and maintenance, winter maintenance and emergency road, pot hole and sidewalk repairs and maintenance, are continuing, as well as routine operations including street cleaning, and routine repairs and maintenance to roads, sidewalks and bridges.

Issuance and/or review of municipal entrance permits has resumed.

To report an issue on a municipal road, please complete our Report a Concern Form.

If you would like to speak to staff about a road or sidewalk please call 519-538-1060 ext. 1302 or email roads@meaford.ca

 Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

Critical Meaford water, wastewater and stormwater operations will continue, including:

  • Providing safe drinking water
  • Safe collection and treatment of wastewater
  • Stormwater management.

The Infrastructure Service department is an essential service for Meaford’s residents and businesses. Meaford’s drinking water is safe to use and drink directly from the tap. It is continuously tested, monitored and analyzed to ensure it meets the strict standards of the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada.

All emergency repairs and response will continue, including emergency watermain break repairs. Critical construction projects related to water and wastewater treatment facilities will continue. Regular and preventative maintenance activities are suspended.

Water meter reading is still occurring, allowing water use information to be obtained and used for billing however any meters that cannot be read due to meter errors will be estimated at this time until staff can safely enter residents premises to complete repairs at a later date. 

 Weddings and Commissions

We are not able to issue marriage licenses or offer commissioning services at this time.

If you have an inquiry about applying for a marriage license or arranging for a commissioning at a future date, please contact 519-538-1060 ext. 1100 or email deputyclerk@meaford.ca  for more information and assistance.

 

 

 

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