Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are taking precautionary steps to protect our staff and community from COVID-19, and have changed some of our operations to flatten the curve.
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At this time, our Administration Office is closed to the public. We continue to be available, providing services and responding to inquiries. We ask that you use online services where possible.

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

Current COVID-19 Level - Provincewide Shutdown and Stay-at-Home Order

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a declaration of emergency and provincewide Stay-at-Home order are in effect as of Thursday, April 8, at 12:01 a.m.

This will help:

  • save lives
  • prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed
  • protect in-person learning and keep children in schools
  • allow for more time to vaccinate Ontarians
  • stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.


Municipal Services

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

 Animal Services

Early-bird pricing for dog licences has been extended until June 1st, 2021. Please complete a Dog Tag Application Form to be issued your licence.

Staff will continue to respond to pick-up stray dogs and other domesticated animals where necessary.

 By-law Services

By-law Enforcement staff are completing patrols of outdoor recreation facilities to ensure social distancing and resident safety. If there are regular issues at a particular location, please e-mail bylaw@meaford.ca or call 519-538-2121.

All by-law related calls are being assessed for immediate risk to resident health and safety, and prioritized accordingly. By-law officers are continuing to respond to urgent complaints. Non-urgent complaints will be logged and investigated when possible.

If there is an emergency - Call 911.

 Council Meetings

Meaford Council meetings are currently 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 phone or internet. To make a deputation or ask a public question, please register with Legislative Services in advance by 10:00 a.m. on the date of the meeting by contacting mwiltonsiegel@meaford.ca.

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 being held virtually.

If a member of the public wishes to make a presentation or deputation at a meeting, they may do so remotely via phone or internet. Please register in advance with Legislative Services by contacting mwiltonsiegel@meaford.ca.

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

Advisory Committees of Council may meet electronically. For information on committee meetings, please visit .

Financial Services Processes

The Administrative Office is closed, with staff working onsite and remotely. 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.

Tax and Utility payments may also be made online, through financial institutions, by pre-authorized payment, by mailing a cheque or using the drop box and will be processed weekly.

 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.

Public education and fire prevention activities 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 services have been enhanced through a partnership with Meaford Recycling, now offering drop off 6 days a week.

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 will be opening for the season on Friday April 23, 2021.

Operating hours for the Leaf and Yard Waste Depot are:

  • Fridays 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Measures have been put in place to allow for the safe drop off of leaf and yard waste during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Three (3) vehicles at one time will be allowed within the drop off area.
  • All vehicles will need to stop at the Leaf and Yard Waste building so that onsite staff may record resident information, confirm items to be disposed, manage site safety and provide further direction before continuing to drop off waste.
  • Stay in your vehicle at all times except to dump leaf and yard waste material.
  • Masks are required.

Mulch and compost from the Leaf and Yard Waste Depot will be available free of charge for residents to limit contact and cash handling. This will be reviewed following the end of the Provincewide Stay-at-Home Order.

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

Lottery Licences

The Municiaplity has paused the processing of new Lottery Licences because of the in-person coordination that is required to complete the necessary paperwork.

If you have an existing licence that needs to either be extended or renewed, please contact please contact 519-538-1060 ext. 1602 or email bylaw@meaford.ca for more information and assistance. 

Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall is closed to the public during the provincewide shutdown. All live performances at Meaford Hall have been rescheduled or cancelled. Please contact the Box Office to arrange for refunds at 519-538-0463. Rescheduled shows will be listed on the Meaford Hall website 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

For more information on changes to Harbour operations due to COVID-19, see the Meaford Harbour page.

The boat launch at Meaford Harbour is currently open.

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 currently closed. Check out the Meaford Museum webpage for more information on museum services and exhibits.

 Meaford Public Library

The Meaford Public Library is offering curbside pick-up, computer and photocopying services. Online Library services are also available by visiting www.meaford.ca/library.

Meaford Public Library hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

See our Newsletter for more information on health and safety protocols while visiting us.

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 being completed in accordance with applicable legislation. These projects include Sykes Street Infrastructure Replacement and Road Reconstruction, Nelson Street Booster Station, and more. Public Information Centres (PIC’s) for capital projects and studies will be held virtually or subject to Public Health guidelines.

Parks and Facilities

The Meaford and St Vincent Arena and Community Centre is closed. Riverside, Bognor, and Woodford Community Halls are closed.

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

As per the Province of Ontario, below are some of the key public health and safety measures at this time.

Open, as long as two metres physical distancing can be maintained:

  • parks and recreational areas, including benches
  • playgrounds, play structures, and play equipment
  • off-leash dog parks

Closed (including but not limited to):

  • outdoor sports facilities, such as golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts and skate parks
  • baseball diamonds, soccer fields and other multi-use fields
  • picnic sites and picnic tables

Please remember that in any open facilities, the following protocols always apply:

  • 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.

Payment and Inquiry Locations

Payment and Inquiry counters for property tax, utilities, dog tags and parking tickets are closed.

Property tax and utility bills can still be paid via online banking, in-person at your financial institution, or by mailing a cheque. Tax and utility payments can also be made by credit card at ipn.paymentus.com/otp/stde/mmfd.

 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. 

 Property Tax and Utility Billing

Property tax and utility bill payments remain in effect. Water meter readings are being done. If a meter cannot be read it will be estimated at this time.

Payments can be made by online banking, at your financial institution, pre-authorized payment, mailing a cheque or using the drop box located at the Administrative Office at 21 Trowbridge Street.

If you have any questions please email info@meaford.ca.

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 a Roads Inquiry 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

Special Events

Municipal special events, and events taking place on municipal property are cancelled. No new special event permits will be issued until the end of the State of Emergency. 

 Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

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

We are not offering marriage licence or commissioning services due to the in-person coordination that is required to complete the necessary paperwork.

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

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