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 March 16 to April 5, 2020. Additionally, All County Council and Committee meetings scheduled during this time are CANCELLED. This includes postponement of our March 19th and April 2nd meetings.

With the exception of our March 19th and April 2nd County Council and Committee meetings, all County business and service delivery from the Office of the CAO will continue. 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

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

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 be closed until further notice.

Go to the Home Child Care page for more information

Early Learning Coordination

QST’s and professional development opportunities scheduled between March 23rd and April 5, 2020 have been postponed.  More information to follow.

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.

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.

How has your business been impacted by COVID-19?

Business owners from all sectors are encouraged to take a short survey. The data will be used by the Bruce County Economic Recovery Task Force to develop direct supports to help small businesses as well as to advocate to other levels of government for the urgent needs of our business community. Your participation is crucial to our economic recovery. We’re in this together.

Take the Survey

COVID-19 Update from Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan: March 23, 2020

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 – 8:00 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.

 

Official Global Travel Advisory 

Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice

 

Staff Updates

For Bruce County Staff there is an internal page set up that you can access by clicking the image below.

 

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Location:  Walkerton Administration Centre Tel:  519-881-1291

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