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

 

Although our offices are closed to the public, we continue to provide services to all clients via phone, fax and email. 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

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.

Although our offices are closed to the public, we continue to provide services to all clients via phone, fax and email.  Please call the Bruce County Housing Services office at 519-396-3439 for any inquires or for more information.

Please Note: All playgrounds and play structures at County owned buildings are closed until further notice.

Go to the Housing Services Page for more information

Bruce County’s Licensed Home Child Care Program and EarlyON Child and Family Centre Programs will be closed until further notice.

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

Apply for Emergency Child Care

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of eligible workers, as identified by the Ministry of Education, who have no other alternatives.
 
Bruce County Children’s Services will be accepting Emergency Child Care Applications through OneList Bruce County. To apply go to https://onehsn.com/bruce and follow the “Emergency Child Care Related to COVID-19” prompts.  Please note, submission of a request does not guarantee the availability of emergency child care.
 
Bruce County Children’s Services will follow up with each applicant to confirm eligibility requirements upon the availability of a child care provider.  Child care will be provided in the child’s home.

Recruitment of Emergency Child Care Providers

Bruce County is seeking the support of Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) who were working in licensed childcare as of March 1, 2020 and are interested in providing temporary contracted childcare in the home of an eligible family.

If you are an RECE interested in providing In-Home Emergency Child Care support, please contact Tina Metcalfe, Children’s Services Manager at tmetcalfe@brucecounty.on.ca

“We are calling on Registered Early Childhood Educators in our community to provide support to medical staff and essential front-line workers. At times like these, it is important that we all pull together and provide support in any way that we can.” states Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan

Emergency childcare guidelines and supports have been developed in order to promote the safety of the children, parents and childcare professionals in the provision of care.

Early On Child Program

EarlyON Child and Family Centre Programs will be canceled until April 5, 2020 or until further notice.

Bruce County EarlyON Educators want you to know that although programs are cancelled, they are still here for you! Are you trying to remember the tune or words of a song or fingerplay Educators sing at group time? Have a development question or concern? Looking for activity ideas for a variety of age groups? Give us a call at 1-800-616-8116 or send a private message on Facebook.

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

Go to the EarlyOn page for more information

Home Child Care

Bruce County’s Licensed Home Child Care Program will only be providing In-Home Emergency Child Care until further notice.

Go to the Home Child Care 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

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

Resource Program

During the Licensed Child Care Centres closure period, Bruce County Resource Teachers will be reaching out to families we serve on a regular basis to provide support, guidance and information about developmental activities for your child.  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.

Go to the Resource Program page for more information

Although our offices are closed to the public, we continue to provide facility management services to all our properties and staff are available via phone, fax and email. Common areas of multi-residential buildings have enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures in place. Currently, 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 be 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 are closed until further notice.

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:

  • The library closure includes all programs, meeting room bookings, and material lending
  • Loan periods have been extended and there will be no late fees during this time
  • Items currently on the holds shelf for you will be available when we reopen
  • Please hold on to any library materials you currently have until the library reopens
  • Inter-Library Loan is suspended
  • 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

Follow us on social media. Every afternoon at 3pm we will post a new video or activity on Facebook.

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 staff are available to assist you while the building is closed to the public.  Our Archivist is available to answer questions about Online Collections and the resources available in the Archives & Research Room for those planning a future visit when we re-open.  Please contact by email at archives@brucecounty.on.ca. ​

Social Media

Follow Bruce County Museum on Facebook and Instagram for daily activities to keep you and your little explorers occupied!

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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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