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October 14, 2020

North Huron Service Delevery Review 

Due to rising costs and limited assessment growth, North Huron participated in a Service Delivery Review of all services by a third-party reviewer.  The goal of this review was to determine if the municipality has opportunities to: (1) improve services and outcomes; (2) meet new or increased demand from customers for services; (3) improve service delivery mechanisms and processes; and (4) maintain existing service levels in the face of competing priorities.  The Service Delivery Review ha specific recommendations that could realize efficiencies resulting in reduced costs and/or improve services to customers. 

 

October 22, 2020

Direct Structural Improvement Grant Program 2020 Intake

The Township of North Huron is receiving applications for the Direct Structural Improvement Grant Program for the 2020 intake period under the North Huron Community Improvement Plan.

The Direct Structural Improvement Program offers grants to eligible building owners and tenants for interior improvements within the designated Community Improvement Project Areas. The acceptance period for applications is open until November 17th, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

The Direct Structural Improvement Grant Program application form can be found on the Township website or at North Huron Municipal Officer. For inquires and details, please contact the undersigned.

Click Here ---> For The North Huron Community Improvement Plan

Click Here ---> For The Community Improvement Plan Application Form



Please send completed application to:
Township of North Huron, Attention: Carson Lamb, Clerk
P.O.Box 90, 274 Josephine Street, Wingham, ON, N0G 2W0
Email: Clamb@northhuron.ca, Phone: 519-357-3550

 

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September 09, 2020

Water and Wastewater Master Plan - Notice of Study Completion

Water and Wastewater Master Plan FINAL

Water and Wastewater Master Plan Appendices

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August 24, 2020
NEWS RELEASE - Cross Border Servicing Negotiations Update
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August 4, 2020
NEWS RELEASE - FITNESS CENTRE AT NORTH HURON WESCAST COMMUNITY COMPLEX REOPENING ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2020  

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July 23, 2020
NEWS RELEASE - A COVID-19 update on the Township of North Huron's services and amenities.

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July 20, 2020
Huron County Fire Chiefs Association
OPEN AIR FIRE BAN ENDED IN HURON COUNTY

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Instructions requiring the use of face coverings within establishments
The full FAQ PDF handout can be found here.

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July 13, 2020

To Employers, Businesses and Organizations in Huron and Perth counties:

Re: Huron Perth Public Health Instructions to Persons Responsible for a Business or Organization Permitted to be open under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990 (“EMCPA”) and related Regulations, or otherwise.

The full PDF handout can be found here.

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June 22, 2020 
For Immediate Release 
NORTH HURON FIRE FIGHTERS
CANADA DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY CANCELLED  

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Date: June 16, 2020 
NORTH HURON SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS CANCELLED  

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Date: June 16, 2020 
NORTH HURON HIRES JAMIE MCCARTHY
AS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND FACILITIES 

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Date: June 12, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update – Township of North Huron

The Township of North Huron is advising residents that they are taking a gradual and phased approach to the restoration of services in the community.  Reeve Bernie Bailey says “the health and safety of all residents and employees remains the Township’s number one priority.”   As a result, decisions on when to re-open specific facilities or resume services will be based on the following guiding principles:

  • Alignment with direction from the Province and the Huron Perth Public Health Unit;
  • A gradual and phased approach to reopening; and
  • Coordination with other local area municipalities, to the greatest extent possible.

This announcement follows the Premier’s June 8, 2020 decision to ease restrictions in areas of the Province to get more people back to work and allow for more recreational activities to resume.    

Recreation Amenities

While some outdoor recreational amenities can be opened quickly by the Township, others will take a significant amount of time to ensure the health and safety of both residents and employees is maintained.  Once outdoor recreational amenities have the proper health and safety measures in place, they will be opened.  However, it’s possible some outdoor recreational amenities will not be opened due to limited staffing to complete the additional sanitization requirements as set out by the Province.

Recreation facilities such as arenas, community centres and the indoor pool will be re-opened in phases to limit safety risks and to manage staffing and financial impacts.  There will be a lag between when the Province announces an indoor facility may re-open and when the Township will be able to open them.  The necessary health and safety measures need to be put into place and staff will require training to meet new requirements.   Those visiting North Huron’s indoor recreational facilities will notice changes once the facilities are able to open.

Restarting recreation programs and services will be dictated by Provincial restrictions on sizes of gatherings and proper health and safety measures.  Fees may also need to be adjusted due to reduced class sizes and an increased frequency and level of cleaning and sanitation that will be required. 

Town Hall

To protect the health and safety of North Huron’s residents and employees and to achieve compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, renovations to the front service counter at Town Hall are underway.  The renovations will allow a 2 metre distance from others and are expected to be completed in July.  Town Hall will be reopened once the renovations are complete and when proper health and safety measures are in place.  However, any meetings with staff are expected to be held by appointment only, or electronically until notified otherwise.

Council, and Committees of Council, will continue to meet electronically for the time being.  Once the Provincial Declaration of Emergency is lifted it is expected that Council and Committees will resume in-person meetings with physical distancing and sanitization measures in place.

Daycare Services

Daycare services will remain closed until proper health and safety measures are in place and staff have been trained on new requirements.  It is expected that the number of children attending the daycare will be reduced and as directed by Province, frontline workers will have priority.  Access to the daycare facility will be limited to staff and children, and all persons will likely be subject to screening.  The daycare facility will also be subject to an increased frequency and level of cleaning and sanitation.  At this time, staff are sorting through the Provincial guidelines in order to ensure all necessary measures are in place before reopening.

Economic Recovery

As part of the Township’s re-opening framework, staff have developed Terms of Reference for a North Huron Economic Development Recovery Team.  Subject to Council approval, this team would be tasked with leading economic development recovery in North Huron. At the June 15, 2020 Regular Council meeting, Council will be receiving a staff report outlining the collaborative approach that has been endorsed by North Huron’s Emergency Control Group.

Laid off staff will be called back as the Township transitions from an ‘essential services’ delivery model.  The transition will be slow and gradual.  Employees will be expected to adhere to public health guidance regarding handwashing and physical distancing and are to avoid contact with people who are sick.  If staff show signs or symptoms of illness, they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  Employees will also be required to complete training on new COVID-19 requirements when they report back for work.  In addition, in an effort to minimize congestion at Town Hall, employees who can continue to effectively work from home will do so on a rotational basis.       

“I would like to thank the residents and staff for their patience and understanding as the municipality begins to re-open.  Recovery from this pandemic will be guided by Provincial Orders and North Huron’s recovery will take time and be gradual.  Council and staff continue to work closely with senior levels of government through this pandemic and I am excited by the collaborative approach that has been developed to facilitate North Huron’s economic recovery”, says Reeve Bernie Bailey.  “Staff continue to be available by phone or email.  Stay safe and be well”

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca. 

Media Spokesperson:     Bernie Bailey, Reeve bbailey@northhuron.ca

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June 1, 2020

TAXES DUE  Friday, June 26, 2020.

 

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Date: June 1, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Huron County Library Now Offering Curbside Service! 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Library is excited to announce that Curbside Service is now available at select library branch locations! 

Curbside Service is being offered at the Goderich, Exeter and Zurich branch locations starting June 4th, and at the Wingham and Brussels branch locations starting June 9th. This service will be provided on Tuesdays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, Wednesdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, and Thursdays from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.  All other library branches remain closed. 

At this time, all curbside visits  must  be  pre-arranged  with  Library staff  by appointment.  For the first stage of this service, staff will be contacting patrons with existing holds that were placed prior to the library closures. Once these holds have been cleared, the online catalogue will be opened up to accept new holds. For new holds, Library patrons can visit the Library’s online catalogue at huroncounty.ca/library and ‘place a hold’ on their desired items. After the items have been reserved, library staff will contact the patron to schedule a pick-up appointment. Borrowed items can be returned using the book drop located at the same branch used for pick- up, or if previously borrowed, can be returned through the book drop of any branch offering curbside service.  All other book drops remain closed at this time. 

Library staff are working hard to ensure that this service is provided safely. Increased cleaning and sanitation protocols are in effect, and staff are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), where appropriate. All returned items will be quarantined for at least nine days before being put back into circulation. 

Library staff would like to remind patrons that this is an ‘outdoor only’ service. Patrons are kindly asked to not enter branch locations at any time and to continue practicing physical distancing during their service appointments. 

“Offering Curbside Service at some library locations is so important for engaging within our local communities,” said Warden Jim Ginn. “The Huron County Library is eager to reconnect with valued patrons and lend print materials again so that any community member of our County can enjoy what our libraries have to offer”. 

At this time, Curbside Service is being offered at only the few select branch locations. If the demand for physical items increases, the Library may consider expanding Curbside Service in the future to include additional locations, as necessary. For more information on this service, please contact the Huron County Library by visiting huroncounty.ca/library or emailing libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca. 

For more information on County of Huron services, please visit www.huroncounty.ca. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 27, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Huron County Online Business Map is Live! 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Interactive Business Map is live. This online map is a fulsome directory for information on businesses and services across the entire County region. 

The recently developed Huron County Recovery Team is working proactively to ensure that communities and businesses can recover quickly from the effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This team reached out to more than 4000 local businesses and community groups throughout Huron County to offer support and gather data on the impact of COVID-19. Using the information collected from this outreach, the team has developed an interactive online map which highlights openings, changes in service and business  updates  throughout  Huron  County. The map, known as ‘HC BizMap’, was launched on May 27th and can now be utilized by residents looking to connect with, and support local businesses. 

“We recognize how important it is to support our local businesses,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “This map will make it much easier for Huron County residents to connect with businesses near them. I encourage all residents in and around Huron County to check out the map and use it to help connect with Huron County businesses.” 

To view the interactive HC BizMap please visit: EcDev.huroncounty.ca 

Businesses interested in being added to the map or who have updated information should contact Huron County Economic Development immediately by phone at 519-524-8394 ext 6 or via email at economicdevelopment@huroncounty.ca. 

For more information on County of Huron services, please visit www.huroncounty.ca. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 26, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

County of Huron Conducts Service Review 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The County of Huron is currently reviewing its municipal services with assistance from KPMG consultants. This project will examine how the County currently provides public services and identify areas where efficiencies and improvements can be made. 

The County of Huron continues to evaluate how it can better serve the public through more departmental collaborations, streamlined efforts, and improved project management. From this process, the result will be a stronger, more cohesive County that is well prepared to face future challenges. 

Success from this review means finding opportunities for the County to deliver services more effectively. This project will review the following:

  • Current municipal services and delivery approaches;
  • Comparisons with similar municipalities in Ontario;
  • Public Works facilities and related winter services;
  • Organizational structure of corporate services offering front-line delivery; and
  • New opportunities or directions that improve services and reduce 

KPMG has recently completed the first phase of the project, which included a scan of the County’s current services through research and consultations with staff. A summary of findings was prepared in an Interim Report that presents KPMG’s observations. This report provides the foundation for identifying opportunities to improve the overall efficiency of the County’s delivered services. 

Next steps in the project include an organizational review. This review will provide recommendations on where the County can better align its internal corporate services with its services provided to the public. 

KPMG will present a final report to County Council in July of 2020. Agendas for future Council meetings can be found on the County’s website: https://www.huroncounty.ca/minutes-and- agendas/. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 25, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Huron County safely enjoyed the first long weekend of the season 

[Huron County, Ontario] – Huron County safely enjoyed the first long weekend of the season with the continued cooperation of Huron County’s valued seasonal residents and cottage owners. 

With the arrival of longer days, warmer weather and outdoor recreation areas slowly opening up, the County of Huron recognizes that seasonal residents and cottagers may begin to open their Huron County properties for the season. The County is grateful to our seasonal residents for practicing safe travel recommendations and following public health guidelines when moving between communities. It is recognized that these residents are showing the same level of commitment to their seasonal community that they show their home communities in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

“We recognize that this summer is going to look different, but with precaution and respect for the guidelines set out by Huron Perth Public Health, we will hopefully be able to take advantage of our time along Lake Huron when things reopen,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude on behalf of the County to both our cottagers and our residents.” 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. 

Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron- Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron

Provincial Announcement Allows Select Businesses to Re-open 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The May 14th Provincial announcement to enter stage one of the three-stage reopening plan allows select businesses to reopen with some restrictions as of Tuesday, May 19th. The County of Huron encourages businesses to only open if they are ready and have proper safety measures in place. It is important that Huron County businesses consider the health and safety of their staff and patrons first. 

The Premier also announced that golf courses, marinas and public boat launches may open for recreational use as early as Saturday, May 16th. In addition, private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. Individuals who choose to prepare their permanent trailers for the season are recommended to provision themselves with all necessary supplies from their home communities and respect public health directives in these parks. 

To ensure that these first actions of reopening the province are a success, the public should continue following all Huron Perth Public Health preventative measures, including regular handwashing and staying home when ill. In addition, Huron County residents are reminded that physical distancing recommendations outlined by Public Health officials are still in place, including:

  • Maintaining a 2 metre (6 ft.) distance from others at all times;
  • Avoiding crowds or any gatherings of more than 5 people;
  • All non-essential outings are discouraged including day-tripping to local communities, and socializing with people not in your own household. 

“While we are all excited about beginning the process of reopening our local businesses, we must continue working together and take a cautious approach.” says Warden Jim Ginn. “It is because of our recent efforts that we are able to enter this next phase, however it is important that we continue following the direction of public health officials as we navigate our way through this stage." 

The Province’s full detailed list of stage one openings can be found here. For more information about the Province’s plan for reopening and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19. 

Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 13, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron 

Although Physically Closed, the Huron County Library is Virtually Open for Business 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Library was required to close its twelve branch locations to members of the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the library is still virtually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering a wide array of services and resources to help keep residents of all ages both informed and entertained during this difficult time. 

The Huron County Library has been issuing temporary library cards to residents, through the library website, so that they can take advantage of the many e-resources available. From PebbleGo and Tumblebooks for kids to eMagazines, video streaming and remote access to Ancestry for adults, Huron County Library is offering the best digital experiences and resources for patrons who are at home and looking for free and interesting things to do. In addition to these resources, the Huron County Library continues to provide access to the digital collections of more than 20 Ontario libraries through cloudLibrary including more than 120,000 titles for kids and adults. 

For those who might not be familiar or comfortable with using digital resources, Huron County Library has a "virtual desk” staffed by trained librarians during regular working hours, on hand to assist and answer questions via email. 

New online services are being added regularly. For a complete list of Huron County Library’s services available online, visit https://www.huroncounty.ca/library/ or contact libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca for any questions. 

For more information on how County of Huron Cultural Services are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Cultural Services Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 12, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron  

Caution advised as the May long weekend approaches. 

[Huron County, Ontario] – As the first long weekend of the season approaches, the County of Huron would like to remind all Huron County residents, seasonal residents, cottagers and valued visitors to act responsibly and continue to avoid all non-essential travel. Travelling of any kind increases the chance for the spread of illness. 

Historically, the May long weekend marks the beginning of a busy season in Huron County. “This is typically the time of year when local establishments welcome visitors who flock to our region to enjoy our natural beauty, beaches and local hospitality.” said Huron County Warden, Jim Ginn, “This year will be notably different, but if we follow the current recommendations and do this right, soon we will be able to return to the Huron County that we know and love.” 

Visitors should be aware that some local residents have a good deal of anxiety with visitors from more highly infected areas coming to our area. To avoid disputes, we highly recommend that if you choose to come to your cottage or seasonal residence that you stay on your property. 

Cottagers who are considering relocating to their Huron County properties or are already there, are asked to consider the following:

  • Local stores, beaches, and trails and many local services remain closed.
  • Physical distancing recommendations outlined by Public Health officials are still in place including; maintaining a 2 metre distance from others at all times, avoiding crowds or gatherings of any kind, engaging in group activities or visiting popular destinations.
  • All non-essential outings should be avoided including; day-tripping to local communities, and socializing with people not in your own household.
  • Cottagers should provision themselves for several weeks before leaving their home community, including food and comfort items, and should not make stops along the way.
  • Cottagers should consider where their health needs can best be met in an emergency situation and develop an exit plan with immediate family, in case of any indications of illness. 

Up to date information on confirmed cases listed by lower tier municipalities within Huron County can be found on the Huron Perth Public Health – COVID-19 in Huron Perth webpage. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date: May 6, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron  

Huron County Museum Collecting COVID-19 Memories for the Future. 

[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Museum is looking for everyday personal accounts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the people and communities in Huron County. 

The collecting mandate for the Huron County Museum is to chronicle the stories and artifacts of the local area, with particular emphasis on items that were made by or used by Huron County people. “We are looking for your help to document and illustrate how Coronavirus has affected us close to home.” Said Senior Curator, Elizabeth French-Gibson “Your everyday is now our history.” 

Items the Museum is interested to include: photographs, journals, letters, signs, or documents that tell the story of COVID-19 and its effects on the lives of those living in Huron County. 

More information on the project can be found on the Museum’s website at: https://www.huroncountymuseum.ca/collecting-memories-covid-19 

If you are interested in helping create a documentary history of the pandemic in the community, you may mail items to the Huron County Museum, 110 North St., Goderich; email to museum@huroncounty.ca; or bring your items directly to the Museum after the site re-opens to the public.  Staff are available by email to answer your questions. 

For more information on how County of Huron Cultural Services are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Cultural Services Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

 

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Date:  April 29, 2020

County of Huron

The County of Huron can help you access funding and financial assistance:

Ontario Works - Funding for individuals 

If you need help paying for food and housing and are not already on Ontario Works or ODSP, you can apply for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance.

County of Huron Social & Property Services can also assist with affordable housing, emergency childcare and connections to additional community resources.

For more information on available funding and other community supports visit: huroncounty.ca/ontario-works

 

UWPH: Urgent Needs Fund Funding for individuals

United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is making Urgent Needs Funds available, in partnership with the County of Huron Social Services, for individuals and families in need in Huron County. 

People looking for help, whether paying a bill or buying groceries to get them through the week, are encouraged to visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca or download an application form. 

Submit applications:  owteam501@huroncounty.ca

 

UWPH: Urgent Needs Fund

Funding for not-for-profit agencies 

The County of Huron has partnered with United Way Perth-Huron and the Urgent Needs Fund to provide immediate funding support to not-for-profit agencies serving Huron County residents.  

Agencies interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit perthhuron.unitedway. ca and download an application form.

Submit applications:  owteam501@huroncounty.ca

 

County of Huron Social Services Relief Fund

Coming Soon! 

The Social Services Relief Fund will be available in the coming weeks and months, to address gaps and needs that are identified in Huron County’s social framework. 

More information can be found in the County of Huron’s recent press release and information on how to access this funding will be provided in the near future. 

County of Huron www.HuronCounty.ca

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Date: April 29, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron 

County of Huron Provides Financial Support Related to COVID-19 Response 

[Huron County, Ontario] - Huron County is receiving $708,100 from the Province of Ontario’s $200 million Social Services Relief Fund in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. County of Huron Social Services is working on a multifaceted approach to distribute funds and ensure that vulnerable members of the Huron County community are able to receive the support they need to remain safe and healthy. 

Of the $708,000 fund received by the County, approximately $400,000 will be allocated to helping vulnerable people in need, including individuals living in community housing, supportive housing, people with low incomes, social assistance recipients, those that are experiencing homelessness, and others who require increased social services support to stay safe and healthy throughout the pandemic period. Examples of how this allocation of funds will be used include motels or hotels as emergency temporary accommodations, housing allowances, transportation costs, food and supplies, enhanced cleaning services, and other associated costs. 

Recognizing the immediate funding needs for agencies that support Huron County’s vulnerable populations, the County of Huron has partnered with United Way Perth-Huron to flow $100,000 of the Social Services Relief Fund into the not-for-profit stream of the Urgent Needs Fund program. This program enables organizations access to funding they need quickly for providing increased services to community members that require social supports in Huron County. Registered charities or incorporated not-for-profit organizations can apply for this funding immediately. 

The remaining $208,100 of the Social Services Relief Fund will be held and disbursed in the coming weeks and months, based on gaps and needs that will be identified in Huron County’s social framework. A County of Huron working group of staff members has been established, which will reach out to key stakeholder groups that work with vulnerable populations and help identify where there are gaps in supporting community members in need of enhanced assistance during this time. Information collected from these stakeholders will shape the distribution criteria for this funding and lay the groundwork for administering this program. Based on this, the eligibility and allocation process for the Social Services Relief Fund will ensure the funds are dispersed to those in critical need. More information on how to access this funding will be provided in the near future. In the meantime, organizations providing support to vulnerable populations that are in immediate need of funding support can apply to the not-for-profit stream of the Urgent Needs Relief Fund.  

In addition to the above, the County of Huron Ontario Works division provides income and employment support to people in temporary financial need. For more information on how Ontario Works programs are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Ontario Works Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. This document summarizes the adjustments made to Ontario Works regular operations and services in response to COVID-19. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

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Date: April 28, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County of Huron 

County of Huron Recovery Team remains committed to helping local businesses 

[Huron County, Ontario] – Many local businesses in Huron County are challenged to continue staying open or maintain regular operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The County of Huron Recovery Team is focused on ensuring that business owners have the information and support that they need to make informed decisions and continue to operate. 

“It's clear that immediately going back to business as usual any time soon is unlikely, but the County is committed to helping all businesses maintain operations as much as possible,” says Warden Jim Ginn. “Regardless of a business’ situation, we need to ensure that we are doing what we can to help them adapt to the ‘new normal.’ We are dedicated to working collaboratively and supporting the local business community.” 

The Recovery Team is reaching out to all local businesses to offer support, gather data on the impact of COVID-19 and lay the groundwork for developing recovery strategies. Along with this, they continue to work closely with all levels of government and regional partners so they can provide the most up-to-date information for businesses, including access to programs and relief opportunities available to them. 

Huron County Economic Development remains virtually operational offering:

  • Business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at (519) 524-8394 ext. 6;
  • Entrepreneur and Business Coaches available to provide guidance and support with the emerging and immediate needs of the business community;
  • Webinars and online training to help businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the rapidly changing environment, replacing previously scheduled in person workshops;
  • Workforce support to businesses in need of employees to fill essential roles;
  • An online resource for business support providing the latest information on government updates, relief packages and business supports available at huroncounty.ca. 

For business support, contact smallbusiness@huroncounty.ca or call (519) 440-1267. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website. 

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

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Date: April 24, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COUNTY OF HURON

Huron County residents urged to stay the course and continue physical distancing. 

[Huron County, Ontario] - County of Huron staff and County Council would like to express their gratitude to the businesses, organizations, and residents of Huron County. The resolve of the community to do what it takes to reduce the spread of COVID-19 appear to be having a positive effect at the local level. 

“While we are extremely grateful to the community for their impressive proactive response to this unprecedented crisis, now is not the time to get too comfortable or relax our views on physical distancing.” said Warden Jim Ginn “It is because of the efforts we are collectively making that we are seeing some success and it is vital that we stay the course to keep this pandemic at bay.” 

Recognition and gratitude is extended to the following:

  • Huron County residents, for their commitment to physically distance themselves from family and loved ones during a time of
  • Huron County businesses, for making the necessary sacrifices, and workplace changes that have provided the community the opportunity to be safe while still having access to all of the essential items and services required during this
  • Cottagers, for avoiding non-essential travel to seasonal properties and understanding the impact and potential strain they could place on the local healthcare system and local resources.
  • Huron County agencies, community groups and individual volunteers for stepping up and providing the additional supports the community needs at this
  • Frontline workers, for the unbelievable job they are doing to prepare and protect the community from a potential surge in COVID-19 cases 

Up to date information on confirmed cases listed by lower tier municipalities within Huron County can be found on the Huron Perth Public Health – COVID-19 in Huron Perth webpage. 

Huron County continues to urge all residents to practice physical distancing and proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.

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Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. warden@huroncounty.ca

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NOTICE

Date: April 24, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron

To ease the economic impact of COVID-19, the Township of North Huron has taken steps to reduce spending and has established a priority list of purchases and projects for 2020. 

At its meeting this week, Township Council developed a priority list which focuses on immediate need, health and safety, and continued growth and development in our community.  Purchases and projects not identified as priorities will proceed after the provincial government lifts its State of Emergency.

“Recovery from this pandemic will take time and be gradual” said Reeve Bernie Bailey.  “As senior levels of government announce funding resources to support local businesses, this information is being shared with local organizations.  These organizations are sharing and distributing this information to the business community.  If you are a business owner and not receiving the information, please contact one of the local business organizations or Carson Lamb, Clerk.”

In addition to prioritizing purchases and projects, the following measures have been put into place/effect during the period of the pandemic and will reduce the financial impact in North Huron:     

  • The provincial Order to close municipally owned buildings and facilities has reduced the number of staff and is expected to reduce utility costs;
  • Daycare and recreation programs and activities have been cancelled and staff have been temporarily laid off;
  • Frequency of grass cutting has been reduced;
  • The Main Street Flower Program has been suspended;
  • Tree removal has been reduced to essential removal only;
  • Ice was removed from the arenas earlier than usual;
  • Summer staff hiring has been suspended;
  • Conferences, in-person workshops and training sessions have been cancelled. The costs to the municipality for registrations, mileage and travel expenses has been reduced.
  • In-person weekly firefighter training sessions have been suspended;

 The following services remain available at this time:

  • Staff continue to be available by phone or email;
  • Council meetings continue through electronic participation with an opportunity for the public to attend and provide comments regarding any item on the agenda at the beginning of the meeting;
  • Curbside garbage and recycling pick-up remains unchanged;
  • Water and sewer services are unchanged;
  • The Wingham Landfill remains open with limited forms of payment (debit or pre-approved account).

“I would like thank North Huron residents for their cooperation and patience during this very difficult time”, said Reeve Bailey.  “The economic challenges we face are unprecedented and our frontline staff are working hard to contain the spread.  Please stay at home; frequently wash your hands with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; keep a 2 metre distance from others; cover your coughs and sneezes; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Stay safe and be well”.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca.

Media Spokesperson: Bernie Bailey, Reeve         bbailey@northhuron.ca

 

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NOTICE

Date: April 16, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron

In an effort to protect the health and safety of all residents, and halt the spread of COVID-19, the Township of North Huron has announced the extension of special measures until the end of May.  The announcement follows the Premier’s decision to extend the provincial State of Emergency until May 12th.  Previous orders regarding closure of non-essential operations and businesses remain in effect.

The extension affects the following services and programs: 

  • All Recreational Facilities, Municipally Owned Playgrounds, Parks, Daycare Facilities, the Wingham Town Hall Theatre, and public washrooms will remain closed.
  • All recreation programs, activities and Child Care programs have been cancelled.
  • All Board and Committee meetings have been postponed until further notice.
  • Council meetings will continue through electronic participation. 

Should the province lift its state of emergency on May 12th, the closure till the end of May provides North Huron staff with the necessary time to re-instate services and programs in a safe manner. 

“I want to express my thanks to all the front line workers, senior staff, other levels of government and all those who are working tirelessly to provide essential services and keep our community safe,” said Reeve Bernie Bailey. 

In the meantime, to allow the business of the municipality to continue as much as possible, Council passed the 2020 budget this week with the following conditions: 

  1. Mitigate the impacts to the 2020 budget wherever possible;
  2. Evaluate and prioritize purchases and projects to be completed in 2020;
  3. Implement increased monitoring of year-to-date numbers. 

“Council understands the economic challenges faced by the community and passed a budget with strings attached“, said Reeve Bailey.  “Council and senior staff will be continuing to move North Huron forward to the extent possible and will be diligently monitoring spending to avoid a large deficit at the end of year,” said Bailey.  Concerns can be expressed to Council and staff by phone or email. 

Health officials continue to strongly urge all citizens to follow self-isolation, physical distancing and infection control practices.  Reeve Bailey strongly urges all members of the community to;

  • stay at home
  • frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • keep a 2 meter distance from others
  • self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from out of country.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca

Media Spokesperson:  

Bernie Bailey, Reeve         bbailey@northhuron.ca

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NOTICE

Date: March 31, 2020 

For Immediate Release 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron 

The Township of North Huron is carefully following local, provincial, national and global developments during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.  The health and safety of all residents and employees is the Township’s number one priority.

In the face of uncertainty over the duration of the outbreak Premier Doug Ford has extended the Provincial Declaration of Emergency.  Orders regarding closures of non-essential operations and businesses will remain in effect until April 14th and possibly longer. 

To combat the coronavirus and help limit the spread, North Huron has the following measures in place:  

  • All Recreational Facilities, Municipally Owned Playgrounds, Parks, Sports Fields, Courts, Picnic Areas, Daycare Facilities, the Wingham Town Hall Theatre, and public washrooms will remain closed until the end of April or until further notice.
  • All recreation programs, activities and Child Care programs have also been cancelled until the end of April.
  • All Board and Committee meetings have been postponed until further notice.
  • Council meetings will continue through electronic participation. 

Due to the closures, the Township has regrettably issued temporary layoff notices to approximately 70 full and part-time staff. These staff will be transitioned back to work at the end of the coronavirus situation.  

In the meantime, North Huron Reeve Bernie Bailey says Council and senior staff are working diligently to maintain business and remain available “We are working with the Wingham BIA, Blyth BIA, North Huron Economic Development, and community groups in an effort to make our community and businesses safe and as supported as possible,” said Bailey.  Staff can be reached by phone or email.

“I want to thank all community members for their patience and optimism as we work through this unprecedented pandemic together.  A special thank you to all the front-line workers, senior staff, and those who are providing essential services.” said Reeve Bailey. 

Health officials continue to strongly urge all citizens to follow self-isolation, physical distancing and infection control practices.  Reeve Bailey urges all members of the community to: 

  • stay at home
  • frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • keep a 2 meter distance from others
  • self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from out of country.

For more information on this, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk, at (519) 357-3550 or by email clamb@northhuron.ca. 

Media Spokesperson:  

Bernie Bailey, Reeve         bbailey@northhuron.ca

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Useful websites for the most up to date Coronavirus (COVID-19) information.

Huron Perth Public Health https://www.hpph.ca

Huron County https://www.huroncounty.ca

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NOTICE

Please be advised that as part of North Huron’s ongoing effort to help "flatten the curve" of the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 6, 2020 Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually using Cisco WebEx Meetings. Members of the public are able to call in and listen to the meeting at +1-416-216-5643. The meeting will also be uploaded to the Township’s Youtube page and website for viewing at a later date.

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk by email at clamb@northhuron.ca. 

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NOTICE OF AN EMERGENCY SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, please be advised that Reeve Bailey has called an Emergency Council Meeting for Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.  

LIVE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PUBLIC AT:
https://www.youtube.com/TwpofNorthHuron 

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NOTICE

Date: March 23, 2020 

Due to the latest recommendation from Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak all North Huron operated playgrounds and parks are closed to the public until further notice. Please follow Huron Perth Public Health guidelines and practice social distancing at all times.

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NEWS RELEASE

Date: March 13, 2020 

For Immediate Release

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Township of North Huron

Township of North Huron’s first priority is to ensure the safety of residents.

Please be advised of the following measures that are effective immediately.

To limit the potential exposure to the COVID-19, all Recreational Facilities, Wingham Town Hall Theatre (AC/DC concert is still on March 13th) and all public washrooms are closed. All recreation programs, activities and Child Care Services have been cancelled until April 3rd, 2020. It is anticipated that the recreation facilities, activities and programs will re-open on Saturday, April 4th. All other Township facilities, listed above will re-open on Monday, April 6th, 2020.

Staff will be conducting business as normal during this time period and can be reached by phone and/or email.

Current information can be obtained on our website. www.northhuron.ca

Huron Perth Public Health enhances measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region

  • Huron and Perth residents postpone all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States.
  • Returning travellers to Huron and Perth:
  • Practice social distancing, which includes recognizing the risk of attending public gatherings
  • Refrain from visiting: hospitals, long-term care homes or retirement homes, the elderly, or those with chronic health conditions.
  • Returning visitors from Hubei Province (China), Iran and Italy self-isolate (stay home) for 14 days from their date of return.
  • Returning visitors from all other countries, including the United States, self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from their date of return. Children who have returned from travel must self-isolate at home for 14 days from their date of return (not attend daycare or school).
  • The County recommends that the public follow the proper hygiene protocols outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.
  • Website for more details:

Our media spokesperson is Bernie Bailey, Reeve bbailey@northhuron.ca

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Property Taxes Due March 27, 2020

Water Bill Payments Due March 24, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Municipal Office has been closed to the public.

The following payment options are available:

  • On-Line Banking - Vendor is North Huron Taxes for property tax and use your roll number for the account number. The vendor for the water bills is North Huron Water and use your Customer account number but leave off the first zero;
  • Payment at your financial institution;
  • Dropping cheques and payment stubs in drop box located at the front doors of the Town Hall at 274 Josephine St, Wingham;
  • Mail Cheque to Municipal office – PO Box 90, Wingham, ON N0G 2W0.

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NOTICE TO DOG OWNERS

Please be advised that By-law No. 88-2019 requires all dogs within the Township of North Huron to be licensed.

A Dog Counter Licensee for the Township of North Huron will be going door to door with dog tags and collecting the required licensing fees. This process will be starting on February 14, 2020. Dog tags are also available at the Township of North Huron Town Hall.

On payment of the licence, all dog owners will be furnished with a dog tag. The dog tag will be issued for the years of 2020-2022, however fees for this tag must be paid annually. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the tag securely fixed on the dog at all times until the tag is renewed or replaced.

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Survey: Community Safety and Well Being Plan

The Province has mandated municipalities to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being plan, working with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services. This Working Group, made up of municipalities in Huron County, in partnership with the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention, is inviting residents to participate in the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Survey. This survey will help us understand the current well-being and feelings of safety of residents in the lower-tier municipalities of Huron County so we can work together to focus on local actions that will improve quality of life for everyone.

This survey is being administered by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP) on behalf of the Huron County Community Safety and Well-Being Working Group as part of the development of our Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The plan will provide a model for collaboration, planning, and action to shape how current and emerging issues are responded to through ongoing engagement with community stakeholders.

The survey includes questions about your day-to-day life, health, education, employment, safety, leisure, and recreation experiences, as well as what you think about living, working, and playing in your community. By sharing your experiences and what matters to you, you help to shape life in your community, determine key priorities, and indicate where you think change is needed the most.

Completion of this Survey

This survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey responses are being confidentially collected and analyzed by researchers from CMNCP. All responses will be kept confidential, and only overall results, without individual identifying information, will be shared. The survey will be available for comments until April 3, 2020.

If you have any questions about this survey or if you would like to request a paper copy, please contact Dr. Felix Munger or Audrey Monette (audrey@safercities.ca). To learn more about the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, please contact Carson Lamb, Clerk of the Township of North Huron (clamb@northhuron.ca).

       

 

 

Click Here For The Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HuronCountyCSWBSurvey

 

 

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Click Here ---> For The North Huron Community Improvement Plan

Click Here ---> For The Community Improvement Plan Application Form

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 FOR THE 2020 WASTE/RECYLING SCHEDULE FOR NORTH HURON PLEASE CLICK HERE.