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Last Updated - June 2, 2020 - 9:10am
The West Parry Sound Area Municipalities are working together to ensure proper communication is made with our community members and that community partners are engaged. We are working collaboratively to actively monitor the situation as it evolves and to ensure business continuity while following direction from the Public Health Agency, the Ministry of Health and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

The safety and health of our community members is of utmost importance to us throughout the duration of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are encouraging members of our community to take precautions by learning about the disease and what you can do to help protect yourself and to prevent the disease from spreading.

Please remember that 9-1-1 is for emergency calls only. For other police matters, including those related to COVID-19, call 1-888-310-1122 or report online.
 

 Municipal Services
 

 Facility Closures / Restricted Public Access

In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the Town of Parry Sound has implementing the following precautionary measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by implementing closures to public access for the protection of our staff, residents and our community by limiting exposure to others.

Municipal Office - 52 Seguin Street - Closed to public access

Until further notice the Town of Parry Sound Municipal Office will have no public access. Municipal services will continue to be provided.

Payment Options
Payment options for property taxes and water accounts are available through online banking, at financial institutions or cheques can be deposited into the drop box located at the front of the Town Office (old entrance at top of stairs).


How to reach Municipal Office staff

The public can interact with staff through telephone and emails. Should an in-person meeting be required with a staff member, meetings will be by appointment only and screening will be required. Please call the office at (705) 746-2101 to speak to staff.

Please see the 'Building and Planning Services' tab for information about making applications and inspections during the closure.
Provincial Offences Office - 52 Seguin Street - Closed to public access
Until further notice the Provincial Offences Office will have no public access.

Payment Options
Payment of Provincial Offences fines can be made by phone (705) 746-2553, by mail or online at www.paytickets.ca.
Cheques can be deposited in the drop box located at the front of the Town Office (old entrance at top of stairs).

How to reach POA staff
The public can interact with staff through telephone by calling (705) 746-2553.

Please note: Provincial Offences will not be enforcing late payments and no drivers’ licences shall be suspended until July 6, 2020.


Provincial Offences Act court is closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, July 6, 2020.


 COVID-19: Notice to Counsel/Paralegals and the Public

COVID-19: Notice to Counsel/Paralegals and the Public Re: Provincial Offences Act Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (May 19, 2020)

*This Notice supersedes previously announced notices.

1. Introduction

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province of Ontario extended the Declaration of Emergency until June 2, 2020.  In light of the uncertainty about the duration of the state of emergency in Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice will continue to operate on a reduced schedule.

Until further notice, no Provincial Offences Act proceedings will be conducted until July 6, 2020, except for remote judicial pre-trials as described below in s. 4.3.

The Court is working closely with its justice partners, including the Ministry of the Attorney General and representatives of Provincial Offences courts, to determine if technology can be used to increase participants’ ability to access courthouse services using remote means, such as by the electronic filing of court material, remote scheduling processes, and remote hearings. The Court is also working with justice partners to plan for the eventual resumption of in-person attendances in a way that protects the health and safety of all participants.

Given the continued recommendations by public health authorities for everyone to stay home as much as possible and to maintain a safe distance from others, people are strongly discouraged from attending any courthouse.

Do not come into a courthouse if you have been advised by public health officials, your doctor, or the Ontario Ministry of Health website to self-isolate.

Please continue to check the Ontario Court of Justice website for updates to this Notice.

 

2. Application

This Notice applies to all Provincial Offences Act matters before the Ontario Court of Justice.

 

3. Limitation Periods Under the Provincial Offences Act

All limitation periods under the Provincial Offences Act have been suspended by an order under s. 7.1.2(2) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This order is available here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200073

 

4. Scheduling Directives

4.1 Suspension of All Proceedings

Except as otherwise noted in this practice direction, all Provincial Offences Act (POA) proceedings scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, July 3, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a proceeding scheduled during this time, do not attend court. This applies to all Provincial Offences courts in Ontario.

Judicial pre-trials may proceed during this time by audio or video conference. If this applies to your case, you will be notified with the date and time and the audio or video conferencing details. Judicial pre-trials are addressed below in section 4.3.

A notice of the new court date will be sent to both parties by mail to the address on file with the court. For more information, please contact your local Provincial Offences court.

Contact information for all Provincial Offences courts is available here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/poa/

 

4.2 Suspension of All Appeals

All Provincial Offences Act appeals to a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, July 3, 2020 will be adjourned.

All POA appeals scheduled between Monday March 16 and Friday May 29 will be adjourned to a date approximately 10 weeks from the original date. To find out what date your matter is being adjourned to, see the list of adjournment dates.  These dates are subject to change. Please check back on this website before your next court date to confirm the date.

The Court will publish an update shortly regarding POA appeals that are currently scheduled to occur on or after June 1, 2020.

If you need to update your address with the court, please contact the courthouse where the appeal is scheduled to be heard. A listing of all court addresses is available here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/

 

4.3 Judicial Pre-Trials

Judicial pre-trials will be held by audio or video conference.  Cases subject to judicial pre-trials will be determined by local protocol. Parties will be notified of the date and time of the judicial pre-trial and the information for attending the audio or video conference.

 

4.4 Young Persons

Provincial Offences Act matters where the defendant is a young person (individual under 16 years of age) are scheduled to appear and be heard in a provincially-administered Ontario Court of Justice. As a result, these matters will be adjourned consistent with adjournments in criminal court.

These matters scheduled between Monday March 16 and Friday May 29 will be rescheduled to a date approximately 10 weeks from the original date. To find out what date your matter is being adjourned to, see the list of adjournment dates.  These dates are subject to change. Please check back on this website before your next court date to confirm the date.

The Court will publish an update shortly regarding court appearances that are currently scheduled to occur on or after June 1, 2020.

If you need to update your address with the court, please contact the courthouse where the matter is scheduled to be heard. A listing of all provincially-administered court addresses is available here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/

 

5. Electronic Signatures

5.1 Electronic Signatures

The Ontario Court of Justice will accept electronically signed documents where a signature is required. An electronic signature consists of electronic information that identifies the signatory and the date and place of signing. For example, you may type your name as your signature.

All provincial offences trials are being rescheduled. If you are a defendant, a notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court. 

Fire Hall - 4 Church Street- Closed to public access
Until further notice the Fire Hall will have no public access. Municipal services and fire protection will continue to be provided.

How to reach Fire Hall & Bylaw staff

The public can interact with staff through telephone and emails. Should an in-person meeting be required with a staff member, meetings will be by appointment only and screening will be required.
Fire hall staff can be reached at (705) 746-2262. Bylaw staff can be reached at (705) 746-2413.

Parks - Outdoor Recreational Amenities - Restrictions in Place

Ontario amended O.Reg.104/20:  Emergency order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of  the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities to permit the opening of some outdoor recreational amenities.

 

What does this mean in the Town of Parry Sound?  What park amenities can be opened?

Outdoor sports facilities and fields including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis, basketball courts and the skate park.

Off leash dog park

Outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas

Individuals using these amenities, except for member of the same household, are required to maintain physical distance of at least two metres or six feet.

 

 

What will remain closed?

Playgrounds, play structures and equipment

Fitness trail equipment

Waubuno Beach & Centennial Beach (Old Town Beach)

Park washrooms

 

 

Can we play sports in parks?

Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.

 

 

Can we host gatherings or events in parks?

No, individuals are not permitted to have gatherings or events with  more than five (5) people.  Individuals using parks are required to physically distance unless they are member of the same household.

 

 

How do we stay safe while using outdoor recreational amenities?

Everyone using these outdoor recreational amenities is required to physically distance from anyone who is not in their household.  This means staying 2 meters or 6 feet away from other people. 

If you arrive at a the dog-park, for example that is crowded, you should wait until there is enough space to physically distance or return at another time.

Individuals should use hand sanitizer to clean your hands while out, wash your hands as soon as you get home and stay home if ill.

Fitness Trail & Rugged Trail - Restricted Access
The Fitness Trail and Rugged Trails remain open to through traffic only. Individuals utilizing the trail must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres (6 feet) apart, must travel through and not congregate on the trail and no groups greater than five people shall use the trail together.
Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts &  Bobby Orr Hall of Fame - 2 Bay Street - Closed to public access

The Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is currently closed to public access until July 2nd 2020.  The West Parry Sound Area Visitor Information Centre, housed within the facility, and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and Gift Shop will open on July 2nd, 2020 for public access providing that this plan aligns with the Provincial & Federal Government’s restrictions.

 

The Charles W. Stockey Centre’s performance hall will remain closed to third-party rentals until and inclusive of September 7th, 2020. Our Box Office is available online at stockeycentre.com and over the phone at (705) 746-4466 x 205 for ticket sales and inquiries.


Stockey Contact: Nicole Mullen - (705) 746-4466 x 202 or by email

BOHF Contact: Caitlin Dyer - (705) 746-4466 x 208 or by email

Bobby Orr Community Centre -  7 Mary Street - Closed to public access
Until further notice, the Bobby Orr Community Centre will be closed to the public. Programming has been cancelled or postponed until and including September 7, 2020.

Contact: April McNamara - (705) 746-2701 x 1 or by email
Public Boat Launch - Salt Dock Road

The Salt Dock Road boat launch remains closed as repairs to the launch are necessary prior to opening.


The Champaign St, Waubuno Beach and Mill Lake public boats launches in the Town of Parry Sound re-opened on May 14th, 2020.

Parry Sound Public Library - 29 Mary Street - Closed to public access
The Parry Sound Public Library was closed to public access until further notice. The Library is offering curbside pick-up, visit www.parrysoundlibrary.com for more information.
The Museum on Tower Hill - 17 George Street - Closed
www.museumontowerhill.com - Effective March 17, 2020 the museum was closed to public visits until further notice.
The museum is posting interactive online activities on their website so you can 'visit' the museum from home.
Other Municipal Buildings - Closed to public access
The remaining municipal buildings remain closed to public access, as per regular protocols.

Facilities Open to the Public

The following municipal facilities remain open to the public. If you have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, are feeling unwell, or anyone you have close contact with is feeling unwell, please refrain from visiting municipal facilities.

 

Waste Transfer Station - Macfarlane Street

The transfer station remains open to the public.

Effective Wednesday June 10th the Transfer Station will be accepting household hazardous waste material. Please follow the directions given by the attendant as procedures for disposal have changed. The only material NOT ACCEPTED at the Transfer Station continues to be corrugated cardboard.


Please have patience with the new gate system in place which allows for better physical distancing for the protection of residents and staff.
 Curbside Waste Collection
Curbside Waste Collection continues as normal. Pick-up dates and bag limits remain the same. It is suggested to reduce the amount of air-borne garbage that you ensure bags are tied securely. Please ensure recycling bins are not overflowing to limit air borne recyclables to protect the health & safety of the collector. 

Public Boat Launches - Mill Lake, Waubuno Beach, Champaign Street

Three public boats launches in the Town of Parry Sound will re-open May 14th, 2020.

  • Champaign Street boat launch, public and commercial launches
  • Waubuno Beach boat launch
  • Mill Lake boat launch

The Salt Dock Road boat launch will remain closed as repairs to the launch are necessary prior to opening.


If you need to go out on the water remember you must continue to physically distance.
1. Limit the people aboard to those family members you share your home with, period—no guests.
2. No rafting with other boats or congregating at beaches.
3. Maintain a safe distance while loading or fueling the boat.
4. Disinfect or wash your hands regularly and after touching surfaces such as a fuel pump.
5. Pack what you need and do not plan to stop.

Do your part to avoid injury and prevent the need for emergency service response.
If there is a need to go out on the water, take extra precautions including:

1. Be weather aware, check before you leave and watch for changes while on the water.
2. Check operation of navigation lights.
3. Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return.
4. Carry a VHF Radio, GPS, and Marine Charts.
5. Life jackets should be worn, the water is still cold.
6. Monitor fuel consumption and remaining range - Use the “Three-Thirds Rule” (one-third outbound,
one-third inbound, one-third reserve).
7. Monitor VHF radio Channel 16 for emergency traffic - Be prepared to lend assistance if you are the nearest vessel.
8. Know the waters you are navigating - Refer to local charts and stay within marked channels.

 

Public Washrooms - Reduced hours

The public washrooms at the corner of Seguin Street and Gibson Street remain open, however to ensure cleanliness of the facility the hours of operation have been reduced to 9am - 4pm daily.

 

Hillcrest Cemetery & Sylvan Acres Cemetery

The cemeteries remain open to the public. For those accessing the cemeteries, you must practice social/physical distancing. No groups greater than five (ten for funeral services).

Fitness Trail & Rugged Trail - Restricted Access

The Fitness Trail and Rugged Trails remain open to through traffic only. Individuals utilizing the trail must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres (6 feet) apart, must travel through and not congregate on the trail and no groups greater than five people shall use the trail together.

 Parks - Outdoor Recreational Amenities - Restrictions in Place

Ontario amended O.Reg.104/20:  Emergency order Under Subsection 7.0.2(4) of  the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities to permit the opening of some outdoor recreational amenities.

 

What does this mean in the Town of Parry Sound?  What park amenities can be opened?

Outdoor sports facilities and fields including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis, basketball courts and the skate park.

Off leash dog park

Outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas

Individuals using these amenities, except for member of the same household, are required to maintain physical distance of at least two metres or six feet.

 

 

What will remain closed?

Playgrounds, play structures and equipment

Fitness trail equipment

Waubuno Beach & Centennial Beach (Old Town Beach)

Park washrooms

 

 

Can we play sports in parks?

Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.

 

 

Can we host gatherings or events in parks?

No, individuals are not permitted to have gatherings or events with more than five (5) people.  Individuals using parks are required to physically distance unless they are member of the same household.

 

 

How do we stay safe while using outdoor recreational amenities?

Everyone using these outdoor recreational amenities is required to physically distance from anyone who is not in their household.  This means staying 2 meters or 6 feet away from other people. 

If you arrive at a the dog-park, for example that is crowded, you should wait until there is enough space to physically distance or return at another time.

Individuals should use hand sanitizer to clean your hands while out, wash your hands as soon as you get home and stay home if ill.

Meeting and Event Cancellations
 Provincial Offences Act Court
Provincial Offences Act court is closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, July 6, 2020.
 Bobby Orr Community Centre
 All programming is suspended until September 7, 2020.

 Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts

 All programming has been cancelled or postponed until September 7, 2020. Visit www.stockeycentre.com for details.
Canada Day
On April 21 Council discussed and made the difficult decision to cancel the July 1, 2020 Canada Day Celebrations. Passing a resolution for staff to cancel the public gathering and to instead provide the public with ways to celebrate from home. Information to follow closer to July 1.

Recreation and Culture Centre Public Meetings

Recreation and Culture Centre public meetings resumed on Wednesday May 13, 2020. Meetings are posted on the Council Calendar and available for streaming on our Youtube Channel.
Council Meetings

Tuesday March 17 - Council Meeting - This meeting continued as scheduled. The meeting minutes and a video of the live stream are available through the Council Calendar.

Wednesday March 18 - Special Budget Meeting -
This meeting continued as scheduled. The meeting minutes and a video of the live stream are available through the Council Calendar.

Monday April 6 - Special Council Meeting - The meeting minutes and a video of the live stream are available through the Council Calendar.

Tuesday April 7 - Council Meeting - The meeting minutes and a video of the live stream are available through the Council Calendar.

Tuesday April 21 - Council Meeting -
The meeting minutes and a video of the live stream are available through the Council Calendar.

Tuesday May 5 - Council Meeting -
This meeting has been cancelled.

Tuesday May 19 - Council Meeting -
The meeting minutes and a video of the live stream are available through the Council Calendar.

June 2 - Council Meeting - The agenda will be available through the Council Calendar. The meeting will be available for viewing through live streaming or through our Youtube channel following the meeting.

Messages from Mayor Jamie McGarvey

March 25,  2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey regarding COVID-19

April 1, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey regarding Transfer Station Temporary Service Changes

April 2, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey regarding supporting your local businesses as they adjust to COVID-19

April 10, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey regarding waiting to visit the cottage

April 13, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey regarding Tax, Water and Sewer billing interest relief

April 15, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey regarding continuing physical distancing

April 17, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey - Thank you to our essential workers and volunteers

April 21, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey - Keep doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19

May 15, 2020 - A message from Mayor Jamie McGarvey - Boat Launches and Transfer Station update

Penalty and Interest Relief – Municipal Taxes, Water and Sewer Billing

In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the Town of Parry Sound is implementing temporary relief for penalty and interest for taxes and water and sewer billing.

 

Effective Tuesday April 7, 2020 the Council of the Town of Parry Sound passed an amending bylaw to allow relief for those impacted by COVID-19. The bylaw implements that:

  • Penalty and interest on the 2020 interim tax bill will be waived for three months ending June 30th, 2020
  • Penalty and interest on water and sewer bills will be waived for three months ending June 30th, 2020
  • Transfers to taxes and the disconnection of water and sewer services on past-due accounts be placed on hold between April 1st and June 30th, 2020
  • Non-sufficient funds (NSF) charges be waived for both property taxes and water and sewer accounts between April 1st and June 30th, 2020


Be advised, for those utilizing the relief program, reminder notices will continue to be sent at regular scheduled times and according to regular procedures.

This is a temporary measure for those who have lost income and are unable to make payments. If you are able to continue to make payments, we encourage you to do so to ensure you do not incur additional charges at the end of the relief period.


Payment options for property taxes and water accounts during the temporary closure to the public are available through online banking, at financial institutions or cheques can be deposited into the drop box located at the front of the Town Office (old entrance).

Building & Planning Services
 
 Building Services

Application Submission:

During this time, we ask that all submissions be submitted by email, or hard copies by mail or by dropping an envelope in the drop box at 52 Seguin Street. If the application has large paper plans which won’t fit in a normal mail slot, please email to arrange a drop off appointment.
Fees are required to be paid by cheque (no cash payments).


Code Related Inquiries:

Building code and fee related inquires can be made by email or phone 705-746-2101 ext 221 or ext 234


Inspection requests:

Permit holders can request an inspection by email or phone 705-746-2101 ext 221 or ext 234.
A questionnaire will be required ahead of booking inspections.

An inspector may refuse to make an inspection, for their own health and safety, if persons on the job site are not practicing social distancing (physical distance between people must not be less than 2 metres ) or a person on the job site appears to be ill (coughing, etc.).

If you have any building related questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

Phone: 705-746-2101
John - Ext 221
Will - Ext 234
Jessie- Ext 225

 Planning Services
Pre-Consultations

Pre-consultations will be done by phone and/or email. Please contact Taylor - (705) 746-2101 ext 223

Application Submission:

During this time, we ask that all submissions be submitted electronically by email, hard copy by mail or by dropping them in the drop box at 52 Seguin Street. If the application has large paper plans, please email ahead to arrange for a drop off time.
Application fees are required to be by cheque (no cash payments).

Applications are still being reviewed and what work possible is being completed.

Zoning Inquires:

During this time, we ask at all inquiries be restricted to email or phone 705-746-2101 ext 223.


Committee Meetings:

All Committee meetings, including the Committee of Adjustment meetings are cancelled until further notice. 

Site Inspections:

Staff will conduct site inspections in a safe manner while respecting social distancing.


If you have any planning related questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

Phone: 705-746-2101
Taylor - Ext 223
Jessie - Ext 225

Fire Restrictions During COVID-19

At 12:01 a.m. on May 16, 2020, Ontario is lifting the Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) designation that was put in place last month across Ontario's fire region.


Please check with your municipality for burning restrictions.


Visit the fire department web page for the current Town of Parry Sound Fire Danger Rating.


Some fire danger ratings permit recreational fires, however burning must be in compliance with the open air burning bylaw or have a valid incinerator or outdoor fireplace permit.

 

Residential Fireworks are permitted on the May long weekend, and July 1st long weekend only.

For information about what is allowed and permits in the Town of Parry Sound visit:
https://www.parrysound.ca/…/fire-depar…/open-air-burning.asp

Community Supports
 
 Donations Needed
 

Harvest Share and the Salvation Army Food Banks

The need for assistance from the local food banks is currently higher than normal. If you are able to donate, food and financial donations are needed.

Harvest Share - 93 James Street, Parry Sound - (705) 774-9111
Food donations can be made at the side door. Financial donations, please reach out to Harvest Share directly as no walk-ins are currently being accepted.

Salvation Army Food Bank - 61 Gibson Street, Parry Sound - (705) 746-5391

Donation bins are also available at some local grocery stores.

 The WPSHC has an immediate need for Scrubs, Lab Coats and N95 Respirators.

West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) is asking community members to donate any ‘scrubs’ or lab coats they might have at home.


Under normal circumstances, the health centre would have capacity to supply all appropriate staff with hospital-issued scrubs, but there are currently not enough to go around, and these items are on back-order.

All donated scrubs will be laundered and made available to clinical staff, separate from the health centre’s ‘usual’ supply to decrease the chance of people taking the virus out of the health centre.

The WPSHC is also in need of N95 respirators, if you have extras (expired is ok) donations would be appreciated.


Anyone with scrubs, lab coats or N95 respirators to donate can drop them off the following locations:
Parry Sound – Fire Hall, 4 Church Street Parry Sound, please leave in a sealed bag outside the front doors
Carling – Carling Rink, 2 West Carling Bay Road, Nobel, please leave in bin
McDougall – Fire Station 1, 10 Municipal Drive Nobel, please leave in blue bin at front door
McKellar – Fire Station 1, 1 Sharon Park Dr. McKellar, please leave in a sealed bag under the covered entrance.
Seguin – Humphrey Fire Station, 115 Highway 141
Whitestone – Fire Hall, 21 Church Street Dunchurch, please ring doorbell and leave in sealed bag outside the side door.

Nursing Stations – Please phone ahead and arrange for drop off, the nursing stations are not accepting any walkins due to COVID-19.

Pointe Au Baril
– (705) 366-2376
Argyle – (705) 757-1717
Britt
– (705) 383-2375
Moose Deer Point
– (705) 375-9900
Rosseau
– (705) 732-1095
Whitestone
– Drop off at the fire hall

Rotary Club

The Parry Sound Rotary Club is running a grocery delivery and pick-up service in partnership with Sobeys. This program aims to support vulnerable citizens, those in self-isolation or people otherwise unable to complete their own shopping due to COVID-19.  Many community members accessing this program are able to pay for their groceries and the delivery fee. However for those in need of assistance due to COVID-19, the Rotary Club is looking for food and financial donations to support their grocery requests. 

Food donations can also be made at Sobeys or donations can be made through the clubs website: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/217

For information on how to access the grocery program see the 'Shopping & Food Delivery Services' drop down below.

The WPSHC needs volunteers to sew masks - Need Fulfilled

Thank you to all those who signed up to sew masks. The need for assistance is currently fulfilled.

 Shopping & Food Delivery Services and Food Assistance Programs
Shop Local - Retail Stores

Keep in mind, many local businesses rely on shoppers and are heavily impacted by the closures. Many have switched to offer pick-ups or deliveries, contact your local merchants before shopping non-local online retailers.
Most grocery stores and pharmacies have reduced their retail hours, and many are offering seniors only hours. Visit their websites for up to date information.

Parry Sound Tourism has developed a list of businesses offering pick-up or deliveries during COVID-19.


Grocery/Supply Deliveries

The Rotary Club and Sobeys are working together to ensure that residents in the Parry Sound area can get groceries and supplies.

This service is intended for seniors, those with health issues and people who are self-isolating / quarantined and unable to shop.

Visit www.parrysound.ca/help or call (705) 996-0716 to request assistance.


Watch a video about the program on our YouTube Channel.

If you would like to assist with shopping and deliveries, the www.parrysound.ca/help website also has a place for you to sign up to volunteer or to donate. 


Restaurants/Takeout
Many local restaurants are offering takeout and delivery options - contact the restaurants directly to order.


Food Banks
Harvest Share and the Salvation Army Food Banks remain open.
Harvest Share's office is closed, food is being distributed by delivery only for those in need - 1-833-Food4HS OR 1-833-366-3447


Student Nutrition Ontario - Nipissing, Muskoka, Parry Sound

Student Nutrition Ontario is offering assistance to children, youth and their families to ensure the needs of our community are met during this difficult and uncertain times as schools are closed, and children and youth are still hungry.
Families who wish to receive support are asked to register by emailing, names, address, phone number(s), number of children and the school the children regularly attend to studentnutrition@communitylivingnorthbay.org or by phone at 705-476-3288 ext. 1611
At Home Family Activities and Resources

The Town of Parry Sound Recreation Staff have also complied a list of at home activities, check it out.

The Georgian Bay Biosphere staff have created a running list of activity ideas and online resources designed for kids and families to complete at home. These are fun, engaging, and educational for everyone.

Check it out at www.gbbr.ca/at-home-family-activities-resources/
Business Supports

If you are a business owner with questions about operating contact the Stop the Spread - Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

 

We are closely monitoring announcements of the response measures at all levels of governments to help businesses survive these difficult times.  Although all the details are not yet available, here is what we do know:

Federal – Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan
 The Federal Government has announced programs for individuals, businesses and industries through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan webpage

 Supports for Businesses
 

Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
- Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
- Extending the Work-Sharing program
- Temporary changes to Canada Summer Jobs program

Deferred payments

- More time to pay income taxes
- Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June
- Waving tariffs on certain medical goods

Access to Credit
- Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program
- Canada Emergency Business Account
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Supporting financial stability


- Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
- Relief for federally regulated pension plan sponsors

- Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program
- Bank of Canada's actions
- Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions actions

Support for Self Employed Individuals
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
- Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June
- More time to pay income taxes


Other
Industry specific resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

 Support for Industries

- Keeping workers in the food supply chain safe
- Increasing credit available for agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture
- Support for airports
- Support for broadcasters
- Support for tourism operators
- Support for northern air carriers


Industries may also qualify for these programs:

- 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
- Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
- Extending the Work-Sharing program
- Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program
- Canada Emergency Business Account

- Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program
 Provincial – COVID-19: Support for Businesses

The Provincial Government has announced programs for businesses through the COVID-19 Support for Businesses webpage

Financial relief

- Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
- Interest and penalty relief
- Education property tax deferrals
- WSIB payment deferrals
- Affordable electricity bills

 Tax Relief

- Employer Health Tax relief
- Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit


How your business can help defeat COVID-19
- Ontario Together Initiative

Guidance for employers

- Your responsibilities
- Emergency leave due to COVID-19
- Sector-specific guidance

Other helpful resources

- Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses: COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for COVID-19
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Resilience
- Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business
- Regional Tourism Organization RTO12 – Explorers Edge 
- Framework for re-opening our Province

 Municipal Support – Town of Parry Sound
Penalty and Interest Relief

In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the Town of Parry Sound is implementing temporary relief for penalty and interest for taxes and water and sewer billing. Please see the 'Penalty and Interest Relief – Municipal Taxes, Water and Sewer Billing' drop down above for further details.

Other Programs and Supports Available

1.    Stop the Spread - Business Information Line 1-888-444-3659


2.       The EI program has been restructured.  Any employee requiring sick days or isolation can apply for EI Illness.  The wait week is waived under this program and medical documentation is not required.  Required benefits can also be obtained for employees that have been laid off.  Records of Employment are required but not to start the application.  For more information on Employment Insurance (EI) call 1 833 381 2725 or apply on the Government of Canada website.

3.  Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards. These changes reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario, International Registration Plan offices and DriveTest centres during the COVID-19 outbreak, helping to promote social distancing and contain the spread of the virus.  These new regulations include extensions for driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates, among others. Expiring and expired health cards will continue to provide access to health services.

4.  Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN - www.pmcn.ca) is starting to roll out the Business Technology Improvement Fund which aims to encourage businesses to become early adopters of digital technology.  Businesses who are interested in the 50% funding up to $25,000 to adopt technology and add ecommerce are encouraged to visit the PMCN website and leave their email addresses to receive details in the coming days. 

5.  Parry Sound Area Community Business & Development Centre (CB&DC – www.cbdc.parrysound.on.ca) has implemented the following measures, effective March 20:
All outstanding loans will be suspending payments until July 1, 2020
All loan interest during the same period is to be suspended in full
For more information call (705) 746 4455 or e-mail: info@cbdc.parrysound.on.ca

6.
If you already have the approved government grant or interest-free loan, the situation may impact your project.  We recommend you reach out to your funding organization contacts to discuss contingency plan or project timeline extension.  There is an understanding of the situation among all levels of government and you will not be penalized for what is out of your control.

7. Webinar: COVID-19 How to get through the crisis with an online strategy, a pre-recorded webinar by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

8. Boating Ontario has released a guide to Social Distancing for marine industry personnel.


9. Province of Ontario releases industry specific resources as they further ease the restrictions for retail and essential construction.

10. RTO12 - Explorers Edge holds weekly webinars focused on tourism support during COVID-19 in Parry Sound and Muskoka.

11. Community Business & Development Centre Emergency Assistance Loan.

12. West Parry Sound Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplier list. 

13. Small Business Websites 101 - Online Webinar - Wednesday June 3, 2020

14. Explorers' Edge Webinars. The Economic Rebuild & The Future of Tourism: Travel & Education - Monday June 1, 2020

 

For businesses re-opening and in need of protective equipment, we have developed a list of local suppliers. The list will be amended as additional suppliers are identified. The Province has also developed a list of PPE suppliers which is available at www.ontario.ca/ppe

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates on financial solutions and additional measures to help our local businesses owners through this.

 

For More Information Contact:

Vladimir Shehovtsov
Economic Development Officer
Town of Parry Sound
Tel.: 705-746-2101 Ext. 231
E-mail: vshehovtsov@townofparrysound.ca

Your Health

The safety and health of our community members is of utmost importance to us throughout the duration of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are encouraging members of our community to take precautions by learning about the disease and what you can do to help protect yourself and to prevent the disease from spreading.

Visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit website for information about the disease including, how to protect yourself, symptoms and treatment and updates as they become available.

For up to date information regarding the virus in Ontario visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website. For up to date information regarding the virus in Canada visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.  

No internet access? An information package has been developed by the West Parry Sound Health Centre, this easy to print information package will provide information about COVID-19 in our community for those without internet access. If you know of someone without access to our website, please print a package for them or direct them to contact their municipality by phone.
Packages are also available for pickup from the red bin in front of the Municipal Office, 52 Seguin St.

 

Self-Isolations / Social Distancing - What does it mean? What you can do to protect our community

Visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit website for information on how to practice Physical (social) Distancing and Self Isolation.


Self Isolation
is required for individuals returning from international travel or who meet certain criteria, such as having symptoms or having had close contact with an individual with COVID-19.  Self-isolation is staying home to protect those around you – your family, friends, colleagues - from possibly getting COVID-19. Call the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 to be assessed.

Physical (Social) Distancing measures are being put in place throughout Canada to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 from person-to-person. This is important so a large number of people do not get sick at the same time. We all share in the responsibility to keep one another healthy. Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The earlier these social actions start the better protected we will all be. Social distancing does not mean you must stay in your home. You can still go outside to take a walk, go to the park, or walk your dog. If you need groceries, go to the store. It is simply recommend that while outside you make sure to avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) from those around you.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often, cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

Interactive Self Assessment Tool for COVID-19

With the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has now launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool. This new easy-to-use tool takes the public through a series of questions to inform those who are concerned they may have contracted COVID-19.

Anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms or may have travelled outside of Canada should self-isolate and use the interactive self-assessment tool or contact the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808.

Connect with a Doctor Virtually

Ontario Health (OTN) and partners have launched a virtual care clinic at www.seethedoctor.ca.  The website supports the people of Ontario who do not have a family doctor or who cannot access their family doctor during the pandemic.

This free, 24/7, secure online service is for non-urgent, non COVID-19 primary care issues. Once patients register with their OHIP card and code ‘health’, they wait briefly to connect with the next available on-call physician by secure video or audio.

Please keep in mind, this is not to replace usual care by your family doctor, our local Parry Sound Family Health Team medical offices remain open and have made alternations such as offering phone appointments to continue servicing patients in our community.

Mental Health Support

 

Times like these are very challenging, please know you are not facing this alone. If you are in need of mental health support www.bigwhitewall.ca provides  24/7 Anonymous online support.

Below are some support documents related to mental health during COVID-19:

Current Restrictions and Service Limitations in West Parry Sound

It’s not business as usual in Ontario and the West Parry Sound area is no exception as we are also impacted by COVID-19, below is information about current local service interruptions, limitations and restrictions that are in place for permanent and seasonal residents.  For comprehensive information about COVID-19 and Provincial restrictions visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus.

 Shopping
Everyone is encouraged to limit shopping trips to once per week, to shop for essential items only and if possible, have one-person shop for the household. Plan ahead and make a list of what you need to limit your number of trips into the store(s) to reduce wait times and lineups.

For new arrivals to the community, you are encouraged to please bring what you need from home and be prepared to self support upon your arrival. This will reduce your time spent waiting in line-ups, reducing your stress and supporting continued social distancing.

Please be patient, positive and friendly to those working in our stores, the combination of COVID-19 procedural changes, staffing shortages, and an influx of  summer season shoppers will cause delays, these staff members are doing their best to serve you in a timely and safe manner.

Remember non-essential businesses that are typically open by the May long remain closed or have limited services such as curb-side pick-up, while they are preparing to serve you after Provincial restrictions are lifted, their services will be limited or not available.
 Grocery Stores
Local grocery stores are well stocked with supplies, however due to measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect their customers and staff, our grocery stores have special procedures in place to limit the number of people in the stores at one time to ensure physical distancing is possible.
This means delays entering the stores, you could be required to line up and wait your turn to enter. Physical distancing measures are also in place throughout the stores including one-way isles and changes to check out procedures. 
 Hardware Stores & Garden Centres
Hardware stores and Garden Centres have been permitted to re-open to in-store shopping. Our stores have re-opened however they have procedural changes and restrictions in place to ensure physical distancing is practised, these include limiting the number of people in the stores.
 Local Restaurants Offering Take-out or Delivery
While restaurants have been ordered closed to public access, they are still able to offer take-out or delivery services. 

Click here for a list of food providers in the West Parry Sound Area offering take-out and/or delivery options.
A message from the West Parry Sound Health Centre

At West Parry Sound Health Centre we are always prepared to meet the health care needs of everyone who relies on our care and service. In addition to the usual limitations associated with COVID-19 preparedness and response, please know that as we prepare to enter this long-weekend and the summer season that follows, we are functioning under significant restrictions. Many of these restrictions are required by provincial authorities; other limitations are the result of scarcity of resources: people, supplies (including personal protective equipment,) treatment equipment, and space.


The health centre continues to provide care while working in a very fragile state. We see this continuing throughout the summer.


We are extremely thankful for the ongoing generosity of our seasonal property owners. Proportionally, and by value, they are the biggest donors supporting health care services in West Parry Sound. We ask that they come prepared and committed to ‘tread lightly’ on all of the public infrastructure services that we collectively rely on.


We offer the following advice:

BYOS (bring your own stuff)

• Please prepare for a slow and safe merge into community life. Bring a supply of groceries, prescriptions, beverages, and other items that will be used and consumed.

 

Practice and promote precautions

• Arrive in our community with a strong commitment to physical distancing.

• Maintain a keen awareness that this will not be summer-as-usual in all of the places where we love to gather: festivals, markets, public watersides, and family celebrations.

• Bring with you, non-medical grade masks for necessary outings and always wear your mask properly covering your nose and mouth.

• Avoid gatherings that involve people not included in your daily seasonal household.

 

Eliminate all avoidable risk

• Please, please, please - avoid risk and the potential need for emergency health care.

• This is not the summer for risky DIY, like cutting down the very large pine tree that’s been hanging over the screen porch. This is not the summer for a careless barefoot encounter with a rattlesnake.

• Hire a local professional and support (not visit) your local hospital.

Landfills, Transfer Stations and Donations of Household Items
The Salvation Army Thrift Store has temporarily suspended their donation bin. Please hold onto your items for donation until they re-open.

Some Transfer Stations and Landfills have additional restrictions in place limiting what items can be disposed of, please review your municipality's website for service changes prior to making a trip to your dump/landfill.
Burning Restrictions

At 12:01 a.m. on May 16, 2020, Ontario lifted the Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) designation that was put in place last month across Ontario's fire region.


Please check with your municipality for burning restrictions.


Visit the fire department web page for the current Town of Parry Sound Fire Danger Rating.


Some fire danger ratings permit recreational fires, however burning must be in compliance with the open air burning bylaw or have a valid incinerator or outdoor fireplace permit.


Residential Fireworks are permitted on the May long weekend, and July 1st long weekend only.

For information about what is allowed and permits in the Town of Parry Sound visit:
https://www.parrysound.ca/…/fire-depar…/open-air-burning.asp

Fireworks
The Town of Parry Sound permits residential fireworks on the May long weekend, and July 1st long weekend only.
If your property is in an outlying municipality please check their regulations directly.
 Crown Land Camping Restrictions

Starting June 1, 2020 Ontario is reopening recreational camping on Crown land managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

No more than five people are allowed to camp together in a group, unless they live in the same household.

 Marinas
On May 4, 2020 Marinas were added to the essential services list. Please contact your marina directly prior to your arrival for additional information on services available.
Boat Launches

The Champaign Street, Mill Lake and Waubuno Beach boat launches in the Town of Parry Sound re-opened May 14th, 2020.

The Salt Dock Road launch remains closed as repairs to the launch are needed prior to opening.


If you need to go out on the water remember you must continue to physically distance.
1. Limit the people aboard to those family members you share your home with, period—no guests.
2. No rafting with other boats or congregating at beaches.
3. Maintain a safe distance while loading or fueling the boat.
4. Disinfect or wash your hands regularly and after touching surfaces such as a fuel pump.
5. Pack what you need and do not plan to stop.



Outlying municipalities:

Effective May 12th Carling Township launches will be open to permit holders only.

McDougall Township launches are open, George Hunt has restrictions in place and is for use by McDougall Residents only.

Township of The Archipelago will reopen their launches the week of May 11th.

Effective May 11th Seguin Township launches are open for residents and property owners to access their waterfront properties.

Effective May 12th the Township of McKellar has opened their boat launches.

Municipality of Whitestone launches remain open to residents only.

 No groups greater than five
Public events and social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited by the Province of Ontario.

Get togethers with friends and family members outside of your household resulting in a group greater than five people is strictly prohibited.
Yard / Garage Sales
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit does not support holding physical garage sales in our district due to provincial emergency orders specifically referencing gatherings of more than 5 people. By their very nature, garage sales cannot facilitate personal safety for community members given these parameters.
 Physical Distancing on the Water
Physical distancing rules still apply, even on the water. If you need to go out on the water, please take precautions to ensure you are being safe and continuing to distance from others, this means no beaching your boat next to someone else and no rafting up while on the water.
 Travel between communities
Travelling outside of your community for any reason puts yourself and others at risk of contracting COVID-19. Although it may seem harmless to go out of the area to do your grocery shopping or visit a family member, you risk spreading the virus to another community or bringing it back to your own.
Car accidents, breakdowns and unplanned bathroom breaks could also risk furthering the spread of the virus.

Travel within Ontario is regulated by the Province. Municipalities, including the Town of Parry Sound do not regulate or control travel by residents seasonal and permanent or tourists visiting our area.

The Province and our Health Unit are encouraging people to stay home as much as possible and the Town of Parry Sound supports this position in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Remember, even asymptomatic people can be carriers of COVID-19, unnecessary trips into the community, or needing to call on emergency services could cause you to unknowingly contract or spread the virus. Please do your part, stay safe by avoiding unnecessary risk and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

 Additional Information -  Posters / Information Sheets / Press Releases

Please see the following links for relevant information as it becomes available.

Town of Parry Sound Media Releases and information

May 19, 2020 - Economic Development - Recovery Plan Report to Council and Presentation
May 19, 2020 - Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Reopening Plan - Report to Council
May 19, 2020 - Parks & Recreation Facilities, Programs & Events - Report to Council
May 13, 2020 - Media Release -  Long Weekend, Be Prepared, Plan Ahead
April 30, 2020 - Media Release - Restricted Fire Zone - NO Burning
April 23, 2020 - Media Release - Facility Closures until June 30, 2020 and Canada Day
April 8 2020 - Media Release - Penalty and Interest Relief
April 8 2020 - Media Release - Boat Launch Closures
April 2 2020 - Media Release - Facilities Closures to Public - Extended until further notice
March 23 2020 - Media Release - Government Supports for local businesses
March 23 2020 - Media Release - Additional Closures - Playgrounds and Park Equipment

March 18 2020 - Media Release - Additional Facility Closures - Town Office, POA Office & Fire Hall

March 16 2020 - Media Release - Facilities open and closures - Stockey, BOCC & Hall of Fame
March 13 2020 - Enhanced Status Yellow - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A press conference regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Parry Sound Area was held on March 13, 2020 and is available for viewing on our Youtube Channel.

Posters, information and press releases from our Health Unit, Provincial and Federal Agencies

May 14 2020 - Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen
May 6 2020 - Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19
April 8 2020 - Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19
April 7 2020 - Health Unit News Release - Ministry of Health Launches Online Portal for Individuals to Check COVID-19 Test Results
April 7 2020 - Health Unit PSA - Physical Distancing Still in Affect Over Easter
April 6 2020 - Health Unit News Release - Stay Home Except for Essential Reasons
April 3 2020 - Ontario Extends Business Closures to stop the spread of COVID-19
April 2 2020 - Fire Ban Across Province of Ontario
April 1 - 20202 - New $50 million Ontario Together Fund to support the development of essential equipment and supplies.

March 27, 2020 - WPSHC Printable Information Package
March 23 2020 - Office of the Premier - List of Essential Services - 14 Day Mandatory Closure
Novel Coronavirus - How to Care for Pets and Other Animals
Novel Coronavirus - How to Self-Monitor

Novel Coronavirus - Self Isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

Novel Coronavirus - How to Self Isolate
Novel Coronavirus - Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings - English
Novel Coronavirus - Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings - French
Novel Coronavirus - Community Based PH Measures to Mitigate Spread
Novel Coronavirus - Handwashing
Novel Coronavirus - Helping you and your family stay healthy
Novel Coronavirus - Self Isolation
Novel Coronavirus - Vulnerable Populations
Novel Coronovirus - Enhanced Public Health Measures - Ministry of Health
Province Implementing Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19

 

 

As additional information becomes available, communications will be made with regards to the West Parry Sound Area (Township of Carling, Municipality of McDougall, Township of McKellar, Seguin Township, Township of The Archipelago, Municipality of Whitestone and the Town of Parry Sound) though the Town of Parry Sound website and social media accounts.


www.parrysound.ca/coronavirus

www.facebook.com/townofparrysound

www.twitter.com/townparrysound

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