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COVID-19 self-assessment

Impacted Township Services

The following Township Facilities are CLOSED to the public until further notice:

  • Community Hall
  • Fitness Centre
  • Saunas
  • Court Services

Please be advised that the 2020 dog tags & licenses will be in effect until further notice due to the Provincial lockdown and the municipal office closure.
Once a date for reopening has been established, the process for issuing 2021 tags/licenses (including any discount) will be communicated.

The expiry date on the permit will be the current expected reopening date of February 16th

If you need a fire permit, send an email to with the following four pieces of information.
1 - Name of the permit holder (responsible person)
2 - Address or lot you want the permit for (location of fire)
3 - Indicate if you own or rent the property
4 - A contact phone number for the permit holder
If you do not see a reply within five minutes, check your spam or junk folder. Some web mail services (hotmail, gmail, etc.) will mark the reply as spam.
Print the email you receive and use it as your permit. Rules for recreational burning will be on it. Questions can be sent to

If you do not have email, call the fire station and leave a message at 824-2094. We will call you and fill out the form with you. We will then drop a copy of it off. There may be delay in returning your call.
Commercial Property - Commercial burning requires an inspection before a permit is issued. The inspection can be arranged by emailing or calling 824-2094 and leaving a message.

The Schreiber Fitness Centre will remain closed until further notice.

All Fitness Centre memberships have been refunded based on the total days the facilities was closed as a result to COVID-19

For more information please call 824-2711 ext. 226


Guidelines for Permitting the Use Of

Outdoor Risk During COVID-19

As of January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a Stay-at-Home Order is in effect for all of Ontario (with the exception of individuals who are homeless). This means you must stay at home and on your property as much as possible.

You should only go out for necessities, one exemption is:

Leaving your house under the Ontario Government Stay-at-Home Order to do physical exercise or to exercise an animal.

Guidelines: Before Arrival

Individuals must self-screen to help prevent the spread of the virus:

    • Prior to attending the Outdoor Rink, every participant must complete the self-assessment for COVID-19 ( If they do not pass the assessment, they should not use the Outdoor Rink until they recover.

Entrance Restrictions:

    • Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has had close contact with a confirmed case cannot use the Outdoor Rink
    • There is a higher risk for severe illness in people over the age of 60, and those with weakened immunity or underlying health conditions. Please consider the risks of attending if this applies to you.

Guidelines: While using the Outdoor Rink

Reduce the risk of transmission during activities:

    • Stay at home when you are ill.
    • Participants must maintain a separation of at least two metres from other users (excluding members of the same household).
    • Respect any provincial emergency orders that prohibit social gatherings of a certain size, including current gathering outdoor limits and physical distancing guidelines.
    • Each participant must to the best of their ability maintain a record of participants that could support potential public health contact tracing as needed.

Practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 70-90% alcohol concentration.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
    • If you do not have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Participants must wear masks.

Participants should ensure that people who become ill with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while using the Outdoor Rink go home and self-isolate:

    • People who become ill while at the Outdoor Rink should go home immediately, in a private vehicle if possible, and self-isolate. Check the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website ( for more information about COVID-19.
    • If a participant at the Outdoor Rink tests positive for COVID-19, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit will follow-up with close contacts who may include other Outdoor Rink participants. Participants who came in close contact with the infected individual may be required to self-isolate.

Guidelines: Outdoor Rink and Adjacent Amenities

Outdoor Rink Information:

    • Facilities at the Outdoor Rink will not be sanitized, including, but not limited to:
      • Boards
      • Nets
      • Fences
    • Skaters using the Outdoor Rink must maintain a separation of at least two metres from other users (excluding members of the same household).
    • Team activities on Outdoor Rink or any activities where people may come within two metres of each other are prohibited during the lockdown.
    • No spectators may be permitted at the facility, other than one accompanying parent, guardian or other adult for each participant under age of 18.
    • Outdoor Rink participants are advised to practice good hand sanitization/hygiene while using any part of the Outdoor Rink.
    • Participants should not touch other participants. This includes no high five’s, fist bumps or hand shaking. Participants should also not share personal sporting/fitness equipment and/or food/beverages.
    • Patrons are asked to bring their own pre-filled water bottles.
    • Participants are asked not to loiter around the Outdoor Rink to assist in physical distancing and allow others the opportunity to utilize amenity.

The Schreiber Arena will remain closed until further notice.

For more information please call 824-2711 ext. 226


Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan –

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This response plan is looking to continue to provide information and resources to help with:

    • Support for individuals
    • Support for businesses
    • Support for sectors
    • Support for organizations helping Canadians
    • Support for provinces and territories

For a full list of federal resources, please click HERE

Government of Ontario –

    • – The Ontario Ministry of Health reports on the status of cases in Ontario each morning at 10:30 am.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit –
    • www.TBDHU.COM/coronavirus – The Health Unit’s website contains links to credible sources of information for both the public and local health care providers.

Avoiding Layoffs

Work-Sharing Program – Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an agreement between employers, employees and the Government of Canada. The maximum duration of the work sharing program has been extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.

This program is not limited to one specific industry and is running from March 15th 2020 to March 14th 2021. For more information, you can visit

Wage Subsidy – As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages, retroactive to March 15. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations. For more information on the most up to date rate changes and claim periods, please visit

Access to Credit

Canada Emergency Business Account

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides interest-free, partially forgivable, loans of up to $60,000, to small businesses and not-for-profits, that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing non-deferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and wages.

The CEBA has recently been expanded to include an additional interest-free $20,000 loan, 50% of which would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022.

This means the additional loan effectively increases CEBA loans from the existing $40,000 to $60,000 for eligible businesses, of which a total of $20,000 will be forgiven if the balance of the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022.

Business owners can apply for support until March 31, 2021 through their banks and credit unions.

For additional details and information on more Canadian programs you can visit

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) COVID-19 Supports –

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is intended to help small businesses (excluding sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario's provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Eligible businesses can receive between $10,000 and $20,000. Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with funding up to a maximum of $20,000 to help with revenue losses expected as a result of the provincewide shutdown. Businesses will be able to use the support in whatever way makes the most sense for them.

Applicants must demonstrate that they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20% when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020.

For a complete breakdown of this program, including Application Requirements, Payment, Eligible Businesses, Calculating Revenue Loss, and more details, click HERE

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021

Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises –

Through the Business Credit Availability Program, Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to guarantee 80% of new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This financing support is to be used for operational expenses and is available to both exporting and non-exporting companies.

This support is available until June 2021. This program is now available at various banks and credit unions.

For more information, please visit

Co-Lending Program for SME’s 

Through the Business Credit Availability Program, Business Development Canada (BDC) is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements.

The program offers differing maximum finance amounts based on business revenues.

This support is available until June 2021. This program is now available at various banks and credit unions.

For more information, please visit

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) — 

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses, charities and non-profits. The subsidy rates are in effect until December 19, 2020. This support is available directly to tenants.

Lockdown Support: Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support.

The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90%.

The rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support are available until June 2021.

For more information, please visit

Canada- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – Northern Ontario (RRRF)

In Northern Ontario, the program is being delivered through FedNor with a total allocation of 49.5M for Northern Ontario.

This program is intended to support a) businesses, including Indigenous businesses, that have not qualified or been rejected from other Canada- COVID support programs and b) not-for-profit organizations that support businesses in Northern Ontario. There are clear eligible and non-eligible costs in the eligibility document and maximum funding will not normally exceed $250,000.

Program Press Release:

Eligibility Requirements and Application Information:

Important: The program opens May 13 2020, with applications being accepted until the funds run out, once the funds are fully allocated, applications will no longer be accepted.

Ontario and Canada Helping Businesses Go Digital

$57 million investment will be made in Digital Main Street in order to help businesses reopen, recover and grow long after COVID-19.

Through the $57 million contribution to the Digital Main Street platform, businesses will be able to take advantage of three new programs in order to support their digital transformation:

    • shopHERE powered by Google will leverage Ontario's strengths by hiring highly skilled and trained students to build and support the launch of online stores for businesses that previously did not have the capacity to do so themselves. The core goal will be to help small businesses compete and grow, in a world that is increasingly online, and help them recover as quickly as possible following COVID-19.
    • Digital Main Street Grant will help main street small businesses be digitally more effective. Through a $2,500 grant administered by the Ontario BIA Association, small businesses will be able to adopt new technologies and embrace digital marketing. Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) can apply for a Digital Service Squad grant, which will allow them to establish teams to provide personalized, one-on-one support.
    • Future-Proofing Main Street will provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support that helps existing main-street firms adapt to changes in their sector and thrive in the new economy. By leveraging teams of digital marketing professionals and talented students, these firms will be able to create new online business models, develop and implement digital and e-commerce marketing strategies, and maximize digital tools, platforms and content.

For more information on either of these three programs, please see Digital Main Street

Recovery Activation Program –

The Recovery Activation Program, operated through the Toronto Region Board of Trade, will help businesses grow and digitize their operations with custom consulting sessions, online resource sharing, learning webcasts and business planning. This program will be offered province-wide and will beat no cost to businesses.

About 60 percent of Ontario's small enterprises have a website, and only seven percent have an online payment solution. Digitally, Canadian businesses are estimated to be two years behind their U.S. counterparts.

In response to this, the Ontario government is going to be providing significant support to small business. Along with the Digital Main Street platform, the province is investing an additional $150 million in rural broadband which will help open the digital road for many Ontario small businesses. In addition, the province has proposed a ban on commercial evictions to help businesses that have been impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19.


The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) has launched the Health and Safety Excellence Program: COVID-19 Support program. This program looks to assist employers financially and non-financially by recognizing the great efforts they have already demonstrated in keeping their employees and the public safe.

If you would like to join the Health and Safety Excellence Program or would like to know more information on the program, please contact an approved provider OR email WSIB