Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Staff are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and Bruce County has emergency management practices in place. Using an abundance of caution to ensure that staff are able to continue to deliver services and to protect the public in the wake of COVID-19, ALL County Office Buildings are closed to the public until further notice.

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Bruce County has implemented proactive measures as a precaution to limit the further spread of COVID-19, including the public closure of all county office buildings.

The County continues to offer it's services to the public. Click the headings below to see more details on how the County continues to support the public.

Responsibilities of the Office of the CAO Department include overseeing municipal operations and ensuring Council's priorities and strategic directions are achieved. Our purpose is to ensure the effective, efficient and safe delivery of services to the community as prescribed by law and mandated by Council in support of the County's vision and expectations for residents, business owners and other community stakeholders. Our ambition is to build a more effective, efficient and resilient organization that meets Bruce County's needs today and tomorrow. Two operational units support the CAO: Legislative Services and Strategic Initiatives.

As per the media release issued March 16, 2020 Using an abundance of caution to ensure that staff are able to continue to deliver services and to protect the public in the wake of COVID-19, ALL County Office Buildings are closed to the public until further notice.

Click here for Bruce County Committee Electronic Meetings.
The Agendas will be published to the County’s website here.

Due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all individuals, procedures for Council and Committee meetings are being modified.  The Council Chambers will not be open for public attendance at meetings until further notice.

All meetings will continue to be publicly streamed from the County of Bruce website.  Following meetings, videos will be posted to the same site.

Please note that the meeting schedule is dynamic at this time and may not proceed as originally scheduled.  Meetings will proceed only as required, and revised notice will be provided as soon as is possible.

Members of the public can access Office of the CAO staff via telephone (519-881-1291) and/or email (below) during normal business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm).

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Legislative Services

Strategic Initiatives

 

Our offices are now open to the public, however, most services related to Ontario Works are still being provided by phone, fax and email. If you would like to meet with your caseworker in person please contact them in advance to discuss. Due to physical distancing requirements, only one person/family is allowed into the office / reception area at a time. Please wear a face covering/ face mask and use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the office. Please call your nearest Bruce County office at the numbers below for any inquires or for more information.

  • Walkerton: 519-881-0431
  • Kincardine: 519-396-2116
  • Port Elgin: 519-389-5580
  • Wiarton: 519-534-1286

Go to the Income and Employment Services page for more information

Financial Help during Covid-19

Please click here for more information on Covid-19 Financial Supports

Burial and Cremation Support

In the event that a loved one passes away during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the person who is acting as the Next of Kin for the deceased may be eligible for financial assistance for the cost of a direct burial or direct cremation if the estate has insufficient assets.

Go to the Discretionary Benefits page for more information.

Our offices are now open to the public. Please note, due to physical distancing requirements, only one person/family is allowed into the office at a time. Please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the office. We encourage you to continue to use the drop box and/or mail to submit documents and rent payment. We continue to provide services to all clients via phone, fax and email. Please call the Bruce County Housing Services office at 519-396-3450 for any inquiries or for more information.

Please Note: All playgrounds and play structures at County owned buildings have been reopened.

Go to the Housing Services Page for more information

Re-Opening Child Care and Early Years Programs

As of September 1, 2020, child care centres across Ontario, including centres in First Nations communities, as well as all before- and after-school programs, are permitted to operate at full capacity.

Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Operational Guidance During COVID-19 for Child Care Re-Opening includes the following requirements:

  • All staff and children must be screened daily prior to entering the building
  • Anyone feeling unwell must stay home
  • Providers must have a COVID-19 response plan if a staff member or child is exposed to the virus
  • Providers must keep daily records of all attendees to support contact tracing
  • Thorough cleaning of the centre before opening and throughout the day
  • Permitting only "essential" visitors
  • Pick-up and drop-off protocols that facilitate physical distancing
  • Mandatory training, reporting and support from local medical officers of health prior to reopening

Families who do not currently have a child care provider can apply for child care online through One-List Bruce County.

For any inquiries related to Bruce County Children’s Services, please contact us at 519-881-0431 or email childcare@brucecounty.on.ca.

Go to the Children's Services page for more information

Fee Subsidy

Please note that our offices are closed to the public, however, Child Care Caseworkers are available to assist families by phone and email.  Please feel free to contact us at 518-881-0431, toll free at 1-800-265-3005, or by email at childcare@brucecounty.on.ca for information and support.

Go to the Fee Subsidy page for more information

EarlyON Child Program

On July 30, the Premier announced a plan to reopen EarlyON Child and Family Centres this September. We are awaiting guidelines for reopening from the Ministry of Education. We do not yet have an anticipated date of reopening to share with you, we want to ensure that the health and well-being of the EarlyON community remains central to our re-opening plans.  As we receive more information from our local Public Health and the Ministry of Education, we will continue to update you with any changes or new information as it becomes available. 

Please continue to reach out to your EarlyON Educator should you have any questions regarding child development, activities for your child, etc.  Watch for continued Virtual Programming on Bruce County EarlyON Facebook pages.

Like our Facebook pages for engaging posts including Group Time experiences, Storytime, DIY activities and more!

Go to the EarlyOn page for more information

Early Learning Coordination

QST’s and professional development opportunities have been postponed until further notice.

Go to the Early Learning Coordination page for more information

Our offices are now open to the public. Please note, due to physical distancing requirements, only one person/family is allowed into the office at a time. Please wear a face covering/ face mask and use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the office. We continue to provide facility management services to all our properties and staff are also available via phone, fax and email. Common areas of multi-residential buildings have enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures in place. We are providing urgent and/or emergency repair services. Using an abundance of caution to ensure that staff can continue to deliver services and protect the public all routine requests for repair services will continue to recorded and addressed at a later date. Please call the Bruce County Housing Facilities office at 519-396-3439 or 1-800-265-3022 for any inquires or for more information.

Please Note: All playgrounds and play structures at County owned buildings have been reopened.

Go to the Housing Housing Facilities page for more information.

Sending us your invoices

If possible, please e-mail the invoice to your regular contact at Bruce County. Other methods are to include with your shipment of products, or at our drop box to the left of our main doors at 30 Park Street in Walkerton, or by Canada Post. These are the usual methods however we prefer e-mail at this time, if possible

How we are paying your invoices

Bruce County will continue to pay invoices in a timely manner. Please note that it may take longer to process cheque payments and for the envelope to be delivered by Canada Post. Our office is closed to the public and you will not be able to pick up any cheques.

To sign up for electronic payments so that we can automatically deposit funds into your bank account:

Do you have a Provincial Offences Act (POA) fine to pay?

We still take all forms of payment listed on the website, including mail payments. We caution people to ensure that their payment arrives before the default deadline, including when using the mail. We are encouraging remote options of phone, online at (paytickets.ca) or Canada Post.

More details can be found on these options through Grey County’s website or the paytickets website:

Bids and Tenders

Business as usual as it is all electronic.

Important Information for patrons:

  • All Bruce County Public Library Branches are open to the public. Please visit our website for current hours. COVID-19 protective measures are in place and patrons are required to maintain proper distancing and wear a face covering. Curbside pickup is still available. Public computers are available by appointment.
  • Digital services and online learning platforms are available 24/7! Visit https://library.brucecounty.on.ca/resources

Don’t have a library card? Apply online

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On Friday, May 1st, 2020 Ontario Provincial government approved Municipal Construction Projects to move forward in a safe manner.

The health and safety of workers is a major concern amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, all parties must place an increased focus on health and safety in order to keep job sites open.

All measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be done in compliance with requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated regulations and public health directives issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

During this time of uncertainty, the Transportation and Environmental Services (T+ES) Department will continue to maintain its services with the exception that we will not be open for in-office transactions or to attend non-essential in-person meetings and the County Trails are closed to the public until further notice. Please consult the T+ES web page on the Bruce County website or on-line processes to access services.

If there is a service required that cannot be addressed through the website, contact us.

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00PM and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Closed Sundays.

Bruce County continues to put public safety first and has protocols that keep visitors and staff safe by following guidelines under Stage 3 of the Provincial framework for re-opening and the advice of Grey Bruce Public Health officials. We are happy to have you back, we ask you to work with us to keep the Museum a safe place for yourself, for all visitors and for our staff by carefully reviewing  the changes since your last visit.

Archives & Research Room Researchers

Access to the Research Room is limited to two visitors per time slot and is by appointment only.  Two daily time slots are available from Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Retrieval services are available, but the public are not permitted to browse the collection at this time.   On Saturdays, retrieval of items from the archival storage area, not discussed in advance, may be limited. Reserve a date and time slot and to discuss you research needs by calling the  Research Room Direct Line:  226-909-2890; or email archives@brucecounty.on.ca.

Visit brucemusem.ca for a listing of upcoming events, programs, and exhibits.

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Economic Development

We are offering extra support to the business community in these difficult times. Please reach out to a member of the economic development team at info@businesstobruce.com or 1-800-268-3838. COVID-19 supports and resources for business can be found at https://brucecounty.on.ca/business/economic-development-covid-19-resources

Planning

We understand the need to continue to move the development process forward and we will be doing everything in our power to do so. Right now, we are continuing to deliver land use planning services and are investigating a number of measures to continue to deliver service as the situation evolves. Please e-mail planning@brucecounty.on.ca or call 226-909-5515 to discuss planning applications.

If your organization, serving Bruce County residents, is providing new or enhanced support or service(s) for vulnerable persons including homelessness support, shelter, food security, and/ or support for seniors or youth as a result of COVID-19, please submit a request for Social Services Relief funding by Friday May 1, 2020. Please note that submission of a request does not guarantee funding assistance in part or in full. Please send your request to the attention of Tania Dickson, Housing Services Manager at tdickson@brucecounty.on.ca.

Your request must contain the information below:

  • Full name of Agency or Organization; and
  • Primary Contact (Name, Telephone, E-mail); and
  • Brief description of the community service or support provided; and
  • Value of financial request as well as a brief description of how funds will be utilized to address the needs of vulnerable citizens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Open in Bruce Business Map

The Business Resiliency Map showcases the businesses that are open during the pandemic. The map includes essential services that remain open at physical locations, those that have changed their operations to respond to physical distancing guidelines, and businesses that have moved entirely online. The map was created in partnership with our member municipalities and has been developed as requests are made to add businesses to the map. Please email info@businesstobruce.com to be added to the map.

Open in Bruce Map

 

Things have changed. Together, we will get through this.

COVID-19 Assessment Centres in Bruce and Grey County

Owen Sound Regional Hospital (Grey Bruce Health Services), Location: Portable facility just outside the entrance to the Owen Sound Hospital Emergency Department, Opening Date: Wednesday, March 18, Hours of Operation: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 7 days per week

Kincardine Hospital (South Bruce Grey Health Centre), Location: Portable facility located between hospital and medical clinic, Opening Date: Thursday, March 19, Hours of Operation: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 7 days per week

Hanover & District Hospital, Location: Main entrance to the hospital, Opening Date: Thursday, March 19, Hours of Operation: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 7 days per week

Appointments are not necessary. Patients will be pre-screened, and will be asked to wash their hands and put on a mask prior to entry.  To reduce risk and traffic within the Centres, only those patients who require assistance will be permitted to bring a support person with them into the facilities.

The Assessment Centres are for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who are having difficulty managing at home. Please follow these guidelines to determine if you should come:

  • If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the Assessment Centre. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 
  • If you have mild symptoms, and you can manage at home, please stay home and self-isolate.  Do not come to the Assessment Centre. Information on self-isolation, as well as guidance for care givers and family members in the home, is available here: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus.
  • If you have symptoms, and are struggling at home, come to an Assessment Centre.
  • If you are very ill, go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 911.

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