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COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Bruce County has proactively implemented emergency management practices to help get ahead of COVID-19 and protect Residents, Businesses, and Staff. The County is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and continues to successfully deliver services and support business recovery. Bruce County is following re-opening guidelines under the Provincial framework and the advice of Grey Bruce Public Health officials.

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  • For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.
  • For less serious incidents, report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.
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Bruce County

Tel : 519-881-1291

info@brucecounty.on.ca

Bruce County Services

County Staff and Council continue to successfully deliver County Services. Click the headings below to see more details on how the County continues to support the public.

Responsibilities of the Office of the CAO Department include overseeing municipal operations and ensuring Council's priorities and strategic directions are achieved. The CAO Department also provides a communications conduit amongst Council, Directors, and staff at all levels. Our purpose is to ensure the effective, efficient, and safe delivery of services to the community as prescribed by law and mandated by Council in support of the County's vision and expectations for residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders. Our ambition is to build a more effective, efficient, and resilient organization that meets Bruce County's needs today and tomorrow. Two operational units support the CAO: Legislative Services and Strategic Initiatives.

Bruce County continues to put public safety first and has protocols in place to keep visitors and staff safe. We are now taking appointment bookings for in-person meetings at our offices. We are happy to continue to provide customer service online and over the phone. NOTE: All meetings will continue to be publicly streamed from the Bruce County website. Following meetings, videos will be posted to the same site.

Click here for Bruce County Committee Electronic Meetings.
The Agendas will be published to the County’s website.

Members of the public can also continue to access Office of the CAO staff via telephone (519-881-1291) and/or email (below) during normal business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

  • Sandra Datars Bere, CAO - sdatarsbere@brucecounty.on.ca

Legislative Services

  • Donna Van Wyck, Clerk - dvanwyck@brucecounty.on.ca
  • Darlene Batte, Deputy Clerk/Executive Assistant to CAO - dbatte@brucecounty.on.ca

Strategic Initiatives

  • Sandro D'Alessandro, Real Estate Clerk - sdalessandro@brucecounty.on.ca
  • Matt Meade, Corporate Strategic Initiatives Specialist - MMeade@brucecounty.on.ca

Media Inquiries

  • Adam Ferguson, Corporate Communications Specialist - aferguson@brucecounty.on.ca
    Tel: 226-909-6399

We are now taking appointment bookings for in-person meetings at our offices. Programs and services are also available virtually with most services related to Ontario Works being provided by phone, fax, and email. Please call your nearest Bruce County office at the numbers below for any inquires or for more information.

Walkerton: 519-881-0431
Kincardine: 519-396-2116
Port Elgin: 519-389-5580
Wiarton: 519-534-1286

Go to the Income and Support Services page for more information

Financial Help during Covid-19
Please click here for more information on COVID-19 Financial Supports

Burial and Cremation Support
In the event that a loved one passes away, the person who is acting as the Next of Kin for the deceased may be eligible for financial assistance for the cost of a direct burial or direct cremation if the estate has insufficient assets.

Go to the Discretionary Benefits page for more information.

We are now taking appointment bookings for in-person meetings at our offices. Programs and services are also available virtually with most services being provided by phone, fax, and email. Please call the Bruce County Housing Services office at 519-396-3450 for any inquiries or for more information.

Go to the Housing Services Page for more information

Emergency Child Care

On April 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced that all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021.  Further, that child care for non-school aged children will remain open, before and after school programs will be closed, and free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided.

Eligibility

The targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children is reserved exclusively for children of eligible workers who have no other child care alternatives for their school-aged child/children. Parents are encouraged to check the provincial website for an updated list of eligible workers. Eligibility is determined by provincial direction: Ontario Provides Emergency Child Care for Critical Frontline Workers | Ontario Newsroom   

Locations

Targeted emergency child care for school-aged children will be located within existing licensed child care settings. An updated listing of site locations within Bruce County will be available once approved by the Ministry of Education.

How to Apply

Eligible parents may submit their requests for emergency child care for school-age children by emailing Bruce County Children’s Services at childcare@brucecounty.on.ca. Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee emergency child care for school-age children as this will be determined by the availability of approved locations. 

Licensed Child Care
Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Operational Guidance During COVID-19 for Child Care Re-Opening includes the following requirements:

  • All staff and children must be screened daily prior to entering the building
  • Anyone feeling unwell must stay home
  • Providers must have a COVID-19 response plan if a staff member or child is exposed to the virus
  • Providers must keep daily records of all attendees to support contact tracing
  • Thorough cleaning of the centre before opening and throughout the day
  • Permitting only "essential" visitors
  • Pick-up and drop-off protocols that facilitate physical distancing
  • Mandatory training, reporting and support from local medical officers of health prior to reopening

Families who do not currently have a child care provider can apply for child care online through One-List Bruce County.      

For any inquiries related to Bruce County Children’s Services, please contact us at 519-881-0431 or email childcare@brucecounty.on.ca.

Go to the Children's Services page for more information

Fee Subsidy
We are now taking appointment bookings for in-person meetings at our offices. Programs and services are also available virtually. Child Care Caseworkers are available to assist families by phone and email. Please feel free to contact us at 518-881-0431, toll free at 1-800-265-3005, or by email at childcare@brucecounty.on.ca for information and support.

Go to the Fee Subsidy page for more information

EarlyON Child and Family Centre Program
Bruce County is pleased to offer EarlyON programming outdoors and also virtually through our on-line platforms.   

Like our Facebook page for engaging posts including Group Time experiences, Storytime, DIY activities, and more!

Please continue to reach out to your EarlyON Educator should you have any questions regarding child development and activities for your child.

Go to the EarlyOn page for more information or call 1-800-616-8116 to connect via phone.

Early Learning Coordination
QST’s and professional development opportunities for licensed child care staff are currently being providing virtually.

Go to the Early Learning Coordination page for more information

We are now taking appointment bookings for in-person meetings at our offices. Programs and services are also available virtually via phone, fax, and email.

We continue to provide facility management services to all our properties and staff are also available via phone, fax, and email. Common areas of multi-residential buildings have enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures in place. We continue in providing maintenance and repair services. Using an abundance of caution to ensure that staff can continue to deliver services and protect the public, tenants will be asked a series of pre-screening questions prior to County staff entering occupied units. We ask that if you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms that you communicate this to staff prior to allowing entry into your unit. Please call the Bruce County Housing Facilities office at 519-396-3439 or 1-800-265-3022 for any inquires or for more information.

Please Note: All playgrounds and play structures remain open at County-owned buildings.

Go to the Housing Housing Facilities page for more information.

Sending us your invoices

If possible, please e-mail the invoice to your regular contact at Bruce County. Other methods are to include with your shipment of products, or at our drop box to the left of our main doors at 30 Park Street in Walkerton, or by Canada Post. These are the usual methods however we prefer e-mail at this time, if possible

How we are paying your invoices

Bruce County will continue to pay invoices in a timely manner. Please note that it may take longer to process cheque payments and for the envelope to be delivered by Canada Post. Our office is closed to the public and you will not be able to pick up any cheques.

To sign up for electronic payments so that we can automatically deposit funds into your bank account:

Do you have a Provincial Offences Act (POA) fine to pay?

We still take all forms of payment listed on the website, including mail payments. We caution people to ensure that their payment arrives before the default deadline, including when using the mail. We are encouraging remote options of phone, online at (paytickets.ca) or Canada Post.

More details can be found on these options through Grey County’s website or the paytickets website:

Bids and Tenders

Business as usual as it is all electronic.

Bruce County Public Library branches are now open to the public, with capacity limits and distancing measures in place.

Don’t have a library card? Apply online

Follow us on social media for updates and activities.

On Friday, May 1st, 2020 Ontario Provincial government approved Municipal Construction Projects to move forward in a safe manner.

The health and safety of workers is a major concern amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, all parties must place an increased focus on health and safety in order to keep job sites open.

All measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be done in compliance with requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated regulations and public health directives issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

During this time of uncertainty, the Transportation and Environmental Services (T+ES) Department will continue to maintain its services with the exception that we will not be open for in-office transactions or to attend non-essential in-person meetings. Please consult the T+ES web page on the Bruce County website or on-line processes to access services.

If there is a service required that cannot be addressed through the website, contact us.

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is open to the public, with capacity limits and distancing measures in place.

The Museum continues to offer exciting and engaging virtual opportunities. You can also take advantage of the Museum’s Online Collection at collections.brucemuseum.ca or bruceremembers.org and our Archives & Research Room is still taking inquires and providing paid research services at archives@brucecounty.on.ca.

Please stay in touch with the Museum and continue to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Economic Development

We are continuing to offer support to the business community during these difficult times. If you require support, business advice, or connection to resources, please reach out to the Economic Development team at info@businesstobruce.com or 1-800-268-3838.

Bruce County business supports and resources, including information about available grants and loan funding, can be found at https://brucecounty.on.ca/business/economic-development-covid-19-resources

Planning

The Planning team continues to move the development process forward. Right now, we are continuing to deliver land use planning services and are investigating a number of measures to continue to deliver service as the situation evolves. To discuss planning applications, please contact the hub that serves your municipality or 226-909-5515.