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)
- Andra Datars Bere, CAO - email@example.com
- Donna Van Wyck, Clerk - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Darlene Batte, Deputy Clerk/Executive Assistant to CAO - email@example.com
- Matt Meade, Corporate Strategic Initiatives Specialist - MMeade@brucecounty.on.ca
Do You Need Support During COVID-19? Click here to see Bruce County Human Services COVID-19 Response.
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
Financial Help during Covid-19
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.
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
Re-Opening of Licensed Child Care
The Province of Ontario announced on June 9, 2020 that it will allow child care operators to re-open starting Friday, June 12, 2020, provided that they meet guidelines in the Operational Guidance During COVID-19 for Child Care Re-Opening requirements recently released by the Ministry of Education.
Included in the Provincial announcement was that Emergency Child Care services will discontinue effective June 26, 2020.
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:
- Children and staff will be limited to groups of 15 or less
- 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
Providing child care safely for children in our community is a priority. In consultation with Grey Bruce Public Health and in partnership with Licensed Child Care Operators across the county we are working together to ensure the new guidelines and enhanced public health measures are in place before operators begin providing care.
Families requiring licensed child care are encouraged to connect with their child care provider for further details regarding their re-opening plan. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to the Children's Services page for more information
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 email@example.com for information and support.
Go to the Fee Subsidy page for more information
Early On 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
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:
- Effective July 20, our curbside pickup hours have increased at all 17 branches. Appointments are not necessary – simply call when you arrive to pick up your available holds. In addition to calling, emailing, and using our Curbside Pickup Form, holds can now be placed in the online catalogue available through our website or mobile app.
- 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 staff are available to assist you while the building is closed to the public. Our knowledgeable staff in the Archives & Research Room can provide guidance concerning the most appropriate resources and/or research methods for your project, or they can provide you with a fee-based research service. If you are interested in any of our research services please complete the online form, linked below to the BCM&CC website, and our staff will contact you regarding your request.
*Please note, the minimum fee for completing a research request is $30.00, payable in advance of research being started.
- Research fee: $30.00 per hour, in increments of 1 hour, with a minimum fee of $30.00 + HST, payable in advance.
- Assisted copy service, not requiring research: 50 cents per page, PDF or physical copy, with a minimum fee of $15.00
- Shipping & Handling: Minimum $5.00
- E-mail: $2.00 per e-mail
- Plus HST
Photograph Digital Reproductions
The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre’s Archives & Research Room is also providing image reproduction services. Digital images are provided at a fee of $15 plus HST and $2 e-mail fee.
Follow Bruce County Museum on Facebook and Instagram for daily activities to keep you and your little explorers occupied!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.