January 2021 Newsletter


COVID UPDATE – January 2021

Emergency Declaration


In response to the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases, a declaration of emergency was made on January 12, 2021 for all of Ontario.

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.

The declaration of emergency allows the government to:

  • strengthen public health and workplace safety measures
  • create and enforce emergency orders

The purpose is to help:

  • keep people at home as much as possible and save lives
  • stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities
  • prevent the hospital system from becoming overwhelmed
  • protect vulnerable populations and those who care for them

The enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are anticipated to be in place until at least February 9, 2021.

The results of these measures will be evaluated throughout the provincial emergency to determine when it is safe to lift any restrictions, or if they need to be extended.


COVID Kits are available at the Township Office, your local Food Bank or at the Medical Centre. These kits are for individuals or families in need of support.


Landfill Site/ New Restrictions

Just a reminder to physically distance while at the landfill. Please be advised that we will try to limit congestion in the recycling area as well as the household garbage area to ensure physical distancing can occur. Be kind and wait your turn in these areas and be mindful of your distance.

While waiting to access the Landfill DO NOT EXIT YOUR VEHICLE. Remain in your vehicle until it is your turn to empty your garbage or recycling.   ABSOLUTELY no garbage is to be removed from the landfill.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we practice physical distancing and work together to keep our landfill open.


Provincial Support for businesses from MPP Fedeli

An easy to navigate website that compiles all the provincial and federal supports. Please visit https://www.covidsupports.ca/nipissing/ and consider sharing this with your networks and via your social channels.    

A recently launched program, the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. Eligible businesses can receive up to $20,000 in support. To date, we have already received 40,000 applications. Please share this with businesses in your respective communities and via web and other media channels. To apply, visit: www.ontario.ca/covidsupport  

For Indigenous-owned businesses, the Government of Ontario has also launched a separate stream for capital support for businesses that are either ineligible or unable to access existing provincial COVID-19 response initiatives. For more, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/57301/ontario-supporting-indigenous-owned-businesses-during-covid-19 


COVID Testing:   

North Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centres

There are two options when you are making your appointment to be tested for COVID-19:

  • Assessment Centre – located at the west end of North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) with parking in public lot 9 (symptomatic patients or children eight years old and under must use the assessment centre).
  • Drive-through option for asymptomatic testing – located at the west entrance of NBRHC.

Book an appointment: 705-474-8600 ext. 4110

Location: North Bay Regional Health Centre, 50 College Dr., North Bay 



Book an appointment: 705-744-5511 ext. 0, Hôpital de Mattawa Hospital, 217 Turcotte Pk Rd, Mattawa


All snowmobile trails in the district are closed at the direction of the local Health Unit – for more information contact the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit 705-474-1400 or the Near North Trail Association 705-495-4333



Future COVID Vaccination Program:

Volunteers will be needed for the future vaccination programs in our area. Please send call the Township Office with your contact info or send an e-mail to [email protected]


Stay safe, stay vigilant, and adhere to the Provincial Health measures always!


If you don’t have access to stable internet and you have questions regarding any of the material listed in this newsletter, please contact the township office for more information


Free Wi-Fi is available while sitting in your car outside the  Bonfield Public Library