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Last Updated - September 21, 2020 - 3:00pm (Stockey Centre re-opening, Group Sizes, Cemetery)

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.
 

Return to School

Schools across Ontario will re-open following labour day. The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has released a guide for parents and guardians as they prepare their children for a safer return to school. myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19SchoolsGuide

For school board specific plans visit their websites:

Conseil scolaire public du Nord Est de l'Ontario

Near North District School Board

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Mandatory Face Coverings

Effective Friday July 24, 2020 face coverings are required in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, including the Town of Parry Sound when in an enclosed public space. www.myhealthunit.ca/facecoverings

By-law #2020 - 7057 requiring mandatory face coverings in the Town of Parry Sound is now repealed with the implementation of the Health Unit mandate.

 

 Non-Medical Face Covering Information
Information on the proper use of Non-Medical Face Coverings are available from:

 

Remember, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must also wash your hands often, practise physical distancing and stay home if you are sick.

 Where is a face covering required

Face coverings must be worn in ‘enclosed public spaces’.  This means indoor spaces of businesses, organizations, and services accessed by the public, including transportation.  Face coverings should also be worn in other spaces (indoor or outdoor) where physical distancing is challenging or not possible.

Under the Health Unit mandate, enclosed public spaces include, but are not limited to:

  • common areas of banks/financial institutions;
  • common areas of hospitals and independent health facilities such as lobbies, food courts, and retail establishments; 
  • common areas of hotels, motels, or short-term rental premises such as lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, rest rooms, laundry rooms, gyms, and kitchens;
  • common areas of mechanics’ shops, garages, and repair shops;
  • common areas of premises under the control of a regulated health professional under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18, as amended, such as waiting rooms;
  • convenience stores;
  • farmer’s markets;
  • grocery stores and bakeries;
  • libraries, museums, art galleries, recreational facilities, bingo halls, community centres and halls, cinemas, theatres, concert venues, special event venues, convention centers, or other similar entertainment, cultural, or leisure facilities;
  • organization, government, and business offices (publicly accessible areas) including spaces where training is being provided to the public;
  • personal service settings (e.g. spas, hair salons, barbers, nail salons) that are subject to health and safety protocols provided by the Province of Ontario during the provincial emergency;
  • places of worship (e.g. churches, mosques, synagogues, temples);
  • private business transportation (e.g. shared company vehicle)
  • private transportation (e.g. taxis, rideshare services);
  • public transportation (e.g., bus or train);
  • restaurants, cafés, cafeterias, food premises, banquet halls, nightclubs, bars;
  • retail establishments and shopping malls; and
  • sports facilities, sports clubs, gyms, yoga studios, dance studios, and stadiums.


    For additional information visit: www.myhealthunit.ca/facecoverings
 Where is a face covering NOT required

The following are public spaces exempt from the policy:

*Parents / guardians are required to wear a face covering when entering a common area of these premises.

  • Indoor areas of a business, organizations, or services that are not designated for public access – if staff members can maintain physical distance of two metres from one another; and
  • offices not open to the public including professional offices where clients receive services by appointment only (e.g. lawyer, accountant) – except waiting room, as applicable, or if physical distancing of two metres is unable to be maintained

Note: Some workplaces may be required under provincial guidance, health and safety, regulatory body, or other authority to take specific measures over and above recommended public health measures.

 

For additional information visit: www.myhealthunit.ca/facecoverings

 

Frequently Asked Questions
For additional information visit www.myhealthunit.ca/facecoverings

 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 October 16, 2020.


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

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.

Staff are currently updating policy and procedure to bring it into alignment with the public health standard, in order to resume rentals of the Stanley Cup Hall and Hart Trophy Rooms at the BOCC.  

Once policies and procedures have been updated and staff trained, the facility will be able to reopen for rental customers.  It is anticipated that room rentals may be able to resume in August.


Contact: April McNamara - (705) 746-2701 x 1 or by email
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.

All waste items except corrugated cardboard are currently being accepted. You may cut cardboard into smaller 3ft sections to allow for disposal in the fiber bin. Please follow all directions given by the attendant. Please anticipate longer wait times and wait at the gate until directed to proceed and be patient. Only 1 vehicle will be permitted to dispose of waste at a time. Please continue to practice physical distancing while at the Transfer Station.
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.
Charles W. Stockey Centre, Bobby Orr Hall of Fame & Information Centre
The staff of The Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame are excited to share that we have reopened the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, Gift Shop, and West Parry Sound Area Visitor Information Centre on July 2nd, 2020 and The Charles W. Stockey Centre’s Performance Hall on September 16, 2020.

Visit www.stockeycentre.com/reopening for further information and protocols in place.
Waubuno Beach & Centennial Beach
 

Waubuno Beach and Centennial (Old Town) Beach are now re-open to the public.


For information on what amenities are open and what remains closed please see the beaches page.


Anyone using there outdoor recreational amenities are required to continue physical distancing from anyone who is not in their household or permitted social circle.

Public Boat Launches - Mill Lake, Waubuno Beach, Champaign Street, Salt Dock Road
 

The four public boat launches are now open.

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



If you need to go out on the water remember you must continue to physically distance.
1. Maintain a safe distance while loading or fueling the boat.
2. Disinfect or wash your hands regularly and after touching surfaces such as a fuel pump.
3. Pack what you need and be prepared for emergencies on the water.

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.

As of September 21st maximum 25 attendees may be at an interment in the cemetery if there is no funeral home present.
Cemeteries may chose to restrict the maximum numbers to less than 25.
Families must confirm with the cemetery before the interment to verify the numbers allowed.

When a funeral home is present at the interment the funeral home is responsible.
Attendance limited to 10 persons for every 1 of their staff, up to 100 attendees outdoors.
Again, families must speak to the funeral home to confirm numbers allowed at the interment.

Fitness Trail & Rugged Trail - Restrictions in Place
The Fitness Trail and Rugged Trails are open. Individuals utilizing the trail, except for members of the same household or permitted social circle are asked to maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres (6 feet) apart and to travel through and not congregate on the trail.
Parks - Outdoor Recreational Amenities
 

Playgrounds and Fitness Trail Equipment re-opens on Friday July 17!

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


What park amenities remain closed?

  • Tower Hill Observation Look-out (cannot ensure physical distancing)

 
Can we play sports in parks?

Yes, families and friends are permitted to play sports in the parks.

Permission is required for any organized or planned sport, event or recreation program to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions in place for organized use, please contact the Manager of Parks and Recreation for an application and to reserve space in a Town Park. 

Individuals using parks continue to be required to physically distance unless they are member of the same household or permitted social circle.

 

Can we host gatherings or events in parks?

Yes, please contact the Manager of Parks and Recreation for an application and to reserve space in a Town Park.  There are requirements, terms and conditions in place that are to be met prior to park usage.  Individuals using parks continue to be required to physically distance unless they are member of the same household or permitted social circle.



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 or permitted social circle.  This means staying 2 meters or 6 feet away from other people. If you arrive at a park, for example that is crowded, you should wait until there is enough space to physically distance or return at another time. 

Users of the Town of Parry Sound’s parks system are reminded that these areas are available for use at your own risk and are not regularly sanitized.  An inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. 

 


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 or permitted social circle.  This means staying 2 meters or 6 feet away from other people. 

If you arrive at a 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.

Parry Sound Public Library - 29 Mary Street - Re-Open!
The Parry Sound Public Library is re-opening effective July 21, 2020 with reduced hours and patron restrictions.
The Library is continuing to offer curbside pick-up, visit www.parrysoundlibrary.com for more information.
The Museum on Tower Hill - 17 George Street - Re-Open!
 The museum re-opened in a limited capacity on July 16, 2020, visit www.museumontowerhill.com for more information.
You can also enjoy the museum from home, they are posting interactive online activities on their website.

 

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

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

Council Meetings are being held electronically via Zoom Videoconferencing for the safety of our community, Council and staff. 

Agenda's and minutes are available through the Council Calendar. Meetings are available for viewing through live streaming or through our Youtube channel following the meeting.

For further information about participation in electronic meetings contact the Clerk, Rebecca Johnson.

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
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 in April 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.

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

The Community Cares mask group once again is in need of volunteer sewers. Mask sewing kits can be picked up at the Mask Depot - 92 James Street. Open Monday to Wednesday 9am - 12pm.

 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


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 web page

 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 - Taxes and Tariffs

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

Financial Support, Loans and Access to Credit
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) interest-free loans
- Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
- Mid-Market Financing Program
- Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program
- Businesses in the territories
- Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
- Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for early-stage businesses
- Additional support by sector

Targeted Support
- Young entrepreneurs
- Women entrepreneurs

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

Indigenous business
- Relief measures for indigenous business
- Supporting Business through the pandemic and into recovery
- Supporting the Indigenous tourism industry


Other
- Industry specific resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
- Get a personalized list of support

 Support for Industry Sectors

Support for sectors:
- Agriculture and agri-food
- Aquaculture and fisheries
- Culture, heritage and sport
- Air transportation
- Tourism
- Energy
- Academic and research
- Infrastructure


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 web page

Financial relief

- Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
- Interest and penalty relief
- Education property tax deferrals
- WSIB payment deferrals
- Affordable electricity bills
- Rent Assistance for small businesses
- Pausing commercial evictions

 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 and other employment standards protections
- Sector-specific guidance and posters

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
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business
-
Retail Council of Canada: Road to Recovery Playbook
- Regional Tourism Organization RTO12 – Explorers Edge 
- Framework for re-opening our Province

- Ontario Made Program

 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 September 23, 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. The Province of Ontario has released industry specific resources to protect workers, customers and the general public and are a vital resource for businesses planning their re-openings. 

10. RTO12 - Explorers Edge holds regular 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. Digital Main Street ShopHERE powered by Google - Get Online for Free


14. Canadian Manufactures & Exporters Launch "Ontario Made" Program

 

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 there are many resources available to you. 


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 - Plan Ahead
Everyone is encouraged to limit shopping trips to once per week and 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.

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.
 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 could mean 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. 
 Local Restaurants Offering Take-out or Delivery

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


Restaurants are now permitted to open in Ontario and many local restaurants are now offering indoor and outdoor seating 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 is accepting donations on a limited basis - check their facebook page for updates on how and when donations are being accepted.  

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 in April 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.

 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 four  public boat launches in the Town of Parry Sound are now open.

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


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.

 Limited Group Sizes

Effective July 17, 2020 our area has entered Stage 3 which allows for greater group sizes. 


On September 19, 2020 the Province announced reductions to unmonitored and private social gatherings, outdoor gathering are now limited to 25 people and indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Yard / Garage Sales
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit does not support holding physical garage sales in our district. By their very nature, garage sales cannot facilitate personal safety for community members given these parameters.
 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

June 8, 2020 - Ontario permits more businesses and services to reopen in the coming days
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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