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COVID-19

Contacts

Parks, Recreation and Facilities
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T. 705-534-7248 x232
Toll Free 1-800-281-8869
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Service Simcoe
1110 Highway 26
Midhurst, ON L9X 1N6
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T. 1-800-263-3199
T. 705-735-6901
E-mail Service Simcoe


Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.
16984 Hwy 12, PO Box 820
Midland, Ontario, L4R 4P4
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T. 705-534-7281
F. 705-534-4470
E-mail Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.


 

This page will be updated with information about COVID-19 impacts on Tay Township

The municipal office is CLOSED to the public

Municipal Service

Impact

Additional Information

Applications

(including building permit, sewage system and planning applications)

Applications are being accepted at this time.

Email planning@tay.ca to submit a planning application.

Email building@tay.ca to submit a building application.

Documents may be placed in the drop box at our Municipal Office at 450 Park Street, Victoria Harbour or in the large containers located inside the vestibule.

For zoning certificate application forms see: https://www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/additions-and-renovations.asp

For building permit application forms see: https://www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/do-i-need-a-permit.asp

By-law Enforcement

Urgent complaints will be investigated. Violations of orders made by the Province of Ontario under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act should be directed to the Ontario Provincial Police for follow up.

Common concerns are gatherings larger than permitted by Provincial regulations or the operation of non-essential businesses (remote working is permitted).

You can report violations online or call 1-888-310-1122.

For emergencies call 9-1-1.

Community Centres & Rentals

All community centres are CLOSED for rentals.  Recreation programs are happening under new Covid Guidelines.  Visit tay.ca/register for up-to-date information.

Notice will be issued when programming and rentals resume.

Council Meetings

(including Committee and Regular meetings of Council)

Council and Committee meetings are proceeding by video and telephone conference.  Times and dates may change.

See the Council calendar at tay.ca/calendar for the up-to-date meeting schedule.

See tay.ca/Meetings for information on how to view Council meetings online or listen in by telephone.

Fire Stations

Closed to the public. Fire and emergency services remain fully functional; however, access to the fire stations will not be permitted to members of the public.

Inspections

(including building inspections and sewage system inspections)
Building Permit inspections are still being conducted.  Please contact the building division at 705-534-7248 x220 BEFORE PROCEEDING with work to learn about your options Contact the building division at 705-534-7248 x220 or building@tay.ca to book an inspection.

Library

 

The Tay Township Public Library is offering Curbside services.  For full details please visit tay.ca/library

Visit the library website at tay.ca/Library for info about hours and services.

Municipal Administration Office

Currently CLOSED to the Public.  Many of our services are available over the phone or online.  Give us a call, we're here to help. 705-534-7248

Visit our contact page at tay.ca/contact for a list of staff phone numbers or to send us an email.

Boat Launch

The Albert Street Boat Launch in Victoria Harbour is closed to recreational use.

Visit Tay.ca/OnTheWater for more information.

Playgrounds, Parks, Greenspaces and Trails

Playgrounds are currently open.

Parks, greenspaces and trails remain open.

Park washrooms are closed.

Residents continuing to use municipal parks, greenspaces and trails are required to follow the healthcare guidelines, including physical distancing, proper handwashing, sanitization, etc.

Planning Public Meetings

Land Use Planning Public Meetings are proceeding by video and telephone conference.  Times and dates may change.

See the Council calendar at tay.ca/calendar for the up-to-date meeting schedule.

See tay.ca/Meetings for information on how to view Council meetings online or listen in by telephone.

Recreation Programs

As of Saturday April 3rd 2021 at 12:01am the Province was placed back into the Grey (Shutdown) Zone, and as such all indoor recreation programming must be put on hold.  We will temporary put a pause on all programming with the hopes that we can resume as soon as possible.

Visit tay.ca/register for up-to-date information.

Rink Rentals

The Tay Community Rink is Closed.

Visit tay.ca/rinks for up-to-date information on current rules/guidelines.


Accessing Municipal Services

The municipal office is CLOSED to the public. However the following alternative options are in place for select municipal services:

Service

Alternative Options Additional Details

Building and Planning

 

Building Permit applications will still be accepted at this time.  Please call the building division at 705-534-7248 x220 for advice on your particular situation

Applications are being accepted online.

Email planning@tay.ca to submit a planning application.

Email building@tay.ca to submit a building application.

For zoning certificate application forms see: https://www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/additions-and-renovations.asp

For building permit application forms see: https://www.tay.ca/en/resident-services/do-i-need-a-permit.asp

Dog Tags

Dog Tags will not be sold at this time.  Please call the Canine Enforcement Officer at 

705-534-7248 x248 to register your dog and intent to purchase a Dog Tag. The two dog per household limit remains in effect.

The two dog per household limit remains in effect.  The dog tag discount program has been extended until further notice.

Fire Permits

2021 Fire Permits are available to purchase online at tay.ca/FirePermits

 

For assistance call 705-534-7248 x262.

Payments

Payments can be made in the drop box outside of the Municipal Office or by mail.

Payments for tax and water bills can also be made through your bank either online or at a bank branch.

Late payment fees and interest on all bills issued after January 1, 2021 will be waived for all current tax accounts until further notice.

Payments for tax and water bills can also be made through your bank either online or at a bank branch.

Georgian Bay General Hospital COVID-19 Updates and Information available at gbgh.on.ca

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

  • Location:

    • 1156 St. Andrews Drive, Midland (clinic building in the GBGH Midland site parking lot)

    How can I be seen at the Assessment Centre?

    • To book an appointment online, please click here.
    • Call the Assessment Centre booking desk at 705-529-1025, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

    *** As of September 24, the government of Ontario has changed the guidance for COVID-19 testing. The new direction from the Ministry of Health states that low-risk, asymptomatic individuals should not be considered for testing at Assessment Centres. Those who should seek testing at an Assessment Centre include:

    o   Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms

    o   People who have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app

    o   Some who is a resident of or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit; and

    o   Those eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

    For more information, click here.


COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunization

The approval and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in our region provides an optimistic picture for the future. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, is leading the efforts to immunize residents in Simcoe Muskoka.  For more information visit simcoemuskokahealth.org

Tay Guardian Pharmacy providing COVID-19 Vaccines

If you are 40 years or older you can book an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Tay Guardian Pharmacy located at 115 William Street in Victoria Harbour.

To book your appointment visit www.simcoemed.com and select Guardian Pharmacy.  You will then be directed to the online booking option.

Please note that before you book you must be 40 years old or older in 2021, and have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or other form of valid government-issued identification.

Transportation to Vaccine Clinic via Community Reach

Community Reach offers RIDES to people who do not have access to transportation or need accessible transportation.  If you have a vaccine appointment (already booked) at either the Midland or Penetanguishene site and need a ride please call Community Reach at 705-528-6999.

Call for Rates $5.00, $7.50, $10.00 depending on where you live.

For information on other services visit communityreach.ca


Ontario Ministry of Health Self-Assessment Tool

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

MOH: Self-Assessment Tool


Township News Items

Visit tay.ca/news for the latest news releases from Tay Township and to subscribe to email news updates.  You can also follow us on Twitter @TayTownship.

Be sure to check this page at tay.ca/COVID-19 for the latest information about COVID-19 impacts to municipal services.


Tay Township COVID-19 Precautionary Measures

Tay Township has taken further measures to separate staff in all departments into at least two groups to ensure that we are in a position to deliver critical services at all times.  We have also made arrangements with neighbouring municipalities to share resources if necessary.

Please rest assured that we will continue to provide essential services such as fire and emergency services, water, wastewater and road maintenance services.  The health and well-being of our community, both residents and staff is our number one priority.  While we pride ourselves on normally providing all of our services reliably every day, we have taken the above measures to limit many of our non-essential or non-time sensitive services in order to ensure that we stay in a position to provide the critical services you rely on.  Council and staff thank you for your understanding during this difficult time for all Ontarians. 


Tay Township Public Library is offering Curbside Services

For full details please visit tay.ca/library


Seasonal Residents

For most people, staying at your primary residence will be the safest solution with best access to health care resources.


Internet Services

Trying to learn or work at home and aren't sure where to turn for rural Internet services?  The Township has assembled a list of providers that may be able to get you Internet service in rural Tay.  See our Internet Services page for information.


County of Simcoe

For information about COVID-19 impacts on County of Simcoe services and facilities, please visit https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx


Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.

With the increasing news and concern regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Newmarket-Tay Power recognizes the importance of continuing to serve you reliably, safely and efficiently and is taking extra precautions to keep customers, employees and communities at large safe.

In an effort to minimize the spread of an outbreak, Newmarket-Tay Power will be closing its facilities to the public effective March 16, 2020. Although public access will be restricted, business will continue.

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. Office Closure Advisory

Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. – http://www.ntpower.ca


Information Resources

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org

Public Health Ontario – https://ontario.ca/coronavirus

Public Health Canada – https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Telehealth Ontario – 1-866-797-0000 

Province of Ontario Newsroom – https://news.ontario.ca/newsroom


Mental Health Supports

  • For Ontarians currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.
  • For Ontarians interested in public addictions services and mental health services for those over 18, they can contact ConnexOntario, Ontario's mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line at 1-866-531-2600.
  • Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services through the Ontario.ca and Kids Help Phone websites, or contact Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) for 24/7 support, if they need someone to talk to.
  • Good2Talk is a free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to postsecondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Learn more at www.good2talk.ca.
  • To access BounceBack and their guided self-help program using workbooks with phone coaching support, visit bouncebackontario.ca or ask your primary care provider for a referral.

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The MHCC leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. The MHCC has launched a webpage to help you manage your mental health, work from home, and deal with social isolation during COVID-19.

MHCC: Resource Hub for Mental Health and Wellness

With guidance from Dr. Keith Dobson, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Calgary, the MHCC has compiled a list of tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MHCC: Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental well-being


Assistance Accessing Essential Supplies

211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service, as well as programs and services in your community that may be helpful to you during these trying times.

211: Grocery and Pharmaceutical Delivery Options


Financial Support

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about Canada's Economic Response Plan on their website.

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the CERB may provide you with temporary income support. This benefit is being offerred through the Government of Canada. Please visit the CERB website for more information.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Ontario's Support for Families

While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding from the Government of Ontario to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing. Please visit the Government of Ontario's website (www.ontario.ca/supportforfamilies) for more information.

Government of Ontario: Support for Families


Businesses

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The County of Simcoe and the Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) are pleased to share that local businesses that were unable to access existing federal COVID-19 relief measures can now apply for funding under a new Government of Canada initiative called the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Contact the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation or view the joint media release for more information.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The spread of COVID-19 poses important challenges to Canadian businesses. With the situation constantly evolving, you need to be prepared for any disruptions. Join BDC experts as they share short-term economic perspectives and advice on how to manage through the crisis.

Webinar: How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business

County of Simcoe Economic Development Office: COVID-19 Business Resources

The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office is working with partners to consistently update COVID-19 business resources. Find a full list of business resources on their website.

Simcoe EDO: COVID-19 Business Resources


Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)

EDCNS has developed a webpage, Business Support 2020, to direct the community to available support measures from all levels of government for both employers and displaced workers. The webpage communicates changing needs, available funding and product development supports.

EDCNS: Business Support 2020

The EDCNS has created a Manufacturing Business Recovery Fund. The purpose of the fund is to respond to the government call for healthcare products to be developed in response to COVID-19 by providing financial assistance to North Simcoe manufacturers.

EDCNS: Manufacturing Business Recovery Fund


Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce (SGBCC)

Visit the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce's webpage for a list of local businesses that remain open to the public.

SGBCC: What's Open?

Stop the Spread Business Information Line

The Province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the Province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Tourism Simcoe County

Tourism Simcoe County has created a resource webpage for COVID-19. It includes an up-to-date list of the tourism businesses that have pivoted to offer delivery, curbside pick-up or other safe ways to purchase their goods and services, as well as industry resources. Is there something missing from Tourism Simcoe County's webpage? If so, get in touch with Brittany Black at brittany.black@simcoe.ca.

Tourism Simcoe County: Support for Businesses During COVID-19


How You Can Help

Food Banks in Midland, Penetanguishene & Area - Donations

Find a list of local food banks at the link below. The needs at each food bank may vary. Please contact the food bank directly to find out how you can help.

Food Banks in Midland, Penetanguishene & Area

Food Banks Canada - Donations

Providing food to those in need can be difficult at the best of times. With COVID-19, that task just got harder. Yet food banks continue to be leaders in their communities in providing food to those that live with food insecurity. Food Banks Canada is currently accepting donations to support food banks' coronavirus response efforts across Canada. Canadians wishing to help can donate through the Food Banks Canada website.

Donations to Food Banks Canada

Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) - Donations

Help GBGH tackle COVID-19 with support for their most urgent critical needs. You will give the hospital the ability to address the changing circumstances and priorities during these challenging times. Visit their website for a list of ways you can help.

Donations to GBGH


Community Engagement

County of Simcoe's Letters to Seniors: Pen Pal Program

The County of Simcoe's Long-Term Care and Seniors Services is launching Letters to Seniors, a Pen Pal Program to encourage school-aged children to write to and connect with residents.

Letters to Seniors: Pen Pal Program


Last Updated: April 21, 2021 at 8:45 a.m.