Information on COVID-19

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COVID-19 Poster

Effective: Monday, March 16, 2020

  • At 1:00 pm Tuesday March 17th, 2020 the Municipality of Thames Centre declared State of Emergency.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate any changes as they occur.
  • For the Municipality of Thames Centre, the health and well being of our community is our primary concern in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information regarding all facilities, please see updates listed below:

 

Municipal Services Update

For more information on each service, please click on the title.

Municipal Office - Open by appointment only.
  • The municipal office is open by appointment only.  
  • Anyone attending the Thames Centre Municipal Office must wear a protective face mask.
  • Municipal office staff are working staggered schedules and encouraging the use of technology to continue to provide services at this time. If something is of urgent nature, or you wish to book an appointment please contact the main office at 519-268-7334 or inquiries@thamescentre.on.ca.
Building Services 

BUILDING SERVICES 

 

COVID-19 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER NOW IN EFFECT AS OF APRIL 17TH, 2021

Thames Centre Municipal Office is currently closed and open by appointment only.

 

The Government of Ontario has released its essential construction project types that will be able to continue during this enhanced state of emergency. 

The new rules came into effect on Saturday, April 17th at 12:01 a.m., for all of Ontario.

Under the Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures, all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector will be closed, with only essential construction permitted to operate.


The list of essential construction projects (as of April 17th, 2021):

Construction activities or projects and related services (including land surveying and demolition services) are essential if they:

  • are associated with the health care sector or long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space
  • ensure safe and reliable operations of, or provide new capacity in: municipal infrastructure;  provincial infrastructure, including but not limited to, the transit, transportation, resource, energy and justice sectors
  • (source: COVID-19: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures)
  • support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage, natural gas distribution, transmission and storage or in the supply of resources
  • support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, schools, colleges, universities or child care centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  • are required for: the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries; significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work commenced before April 17, 2021; industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance or enhancement of personal protective equipment, medical devices such as ventilators and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic
  • would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products
  • were started before April 17, 2021 and would provide additional capacity: for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services; in the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services; to, or enhance the efficiency or operations of, businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials 
  • support the operations of broadband internet and cellular technologies and services
  • are residential construction activities or projects and related services
  • prepare a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure
  • are necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused, or that are not active, to ensure ongoing public safety
  • are funded in whole or in part by: the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario; an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario; a municipality
  • are intended to provide shelter or supports for vulnerable persons or affordable housing
  • being funded in whole or in part by, or are being undertaken by: the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario; an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario; a municipality a service manager as defined the Housing Services Act, 2011; a registered charity within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada); a not-for-profit corporation

 


 

We ask that no person be onsite with the inspector at the time of inspection. All persons will need to vacate the site prior to and remain off-site until the inspection is completed. All sites must be kept in a state of good housekeeping, and social distancing outside of buildings under construction must be maintained.

Prescribed inspections are listed on your building permit under the ‘Stages of Construction Requiring Notice’. These inspections are required to be conducted by the Municipality of Thames Centre Building Department and notice is required to be given to the Building Department prior to each inspection as prescribed by Div.C. 1.3.5.1.(2) of the Ontario Building Code.

Please note that if a required inspection can not be completed, you will not be permitted to carry on past this stage of construction*. Any site that can not have a required inspection completed is not permitted to cover any work. Any work covered WILL be required to be uncovered as per the Ontario Building Code. If this is the case please keep in close contact with our office and the inspector and or Chief Building Official. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

When scheduling an inspection please contact the Municipal office via:

 Phone: 519.268.7334 ext. 249 ​​​​or

Email: astorrey@thamescentre.on.ca
 

Please provide the following information when scheduling an inspection:

  • Permit number
  • Municipal address
  • Stage of construction
  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number
  • Date of inspection request


* PLEASE NOTE THAT 24-48 HOUR NOTICE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL INSPECTIONS *

Failure to provide some information above could delay the inspection.

*Order Not to Cover: under the Building Code Act 13(1) an Order Not to Cover can be issued prohibiting the covering or enclosing of any part of the construction.

*Order to Uncover: under the Building Code Act 13(6) an Order to Uncover may be issued if a prescribed inspection is not conducted or an Order to Not Cover is not follow.

Please take this notice as an Unofficial Order Not to Cover.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol: resident must fill out the form attached at the top of the page ‘Inspection Screening Questions’, masks are not mandatory for the appointment but are very much encouraged, washrooms will be unavailable, make sure you are on time for your scheduled appointment, please wait outside the front office door upon arrival where staff will let you in once ready.​​​​​​

 If you have any questions please reach out, we are monitoring our emails and voicemails daily.


Building Department Inquiry Contact Information:

Chief Building Official – Aaron Stewardson – astewardson@thamescentre.on.ca 519-268-7334 ext.225​​

Building Inspector and Bylaw Enforcement Officer – Mauro Castrilli – mcastrilli@thamescentre.on.ca  519-268-7334 ext.240

Development Services Coordinator/GIS Technician – Amanda Storrey – astorrey@thamescentre.on.ca   519-268-7334 ext.249

 

Clerk Services: Licensing 

The services of the Municipal Clerk, including marriage licensing, commissioning of oaths, and lottery licensing, are limited to residents of Thames Centre and by appointment only at 519-268-7334 ext 239 

The following applications can be submitted digitally :
Lottery Licence Applications
Marriage Applications

Council and Committee Meetings
  • Municipal Council meetings are subject to cancellation or change during this time. Please see the Council Meeting Page for updates.
Dorchester Union Cemetery: OPEN
  • The cemetery is considered an essential service and is still open for interments
  • In person office inquiries by appointment only
  • Please call 519-268-7334 ext. 227 or email Tammy Butt to discuss your needs
Dorchester Community Pools and Splash Pads

Dorchester Community Pools and Splash Pads

Environmental Services (Public Works Department)
 The FlightExec Centre: CLOSED
  • As of Saturday, April 3, 2021 the FlightExec Centre is CLOSED as Ontario imposes a province-wide "stay at home" order.

Garbage and Recycling Curbside Collection: Collection as Normal
Invoices 
  • We are accepting in-person payments by appointment only.  In-person payments by debit are preferred over payments by cash. Please continue to consider other options for paying your bills remotely, including dropping off a cheque in the deposit box at the municipal office, and paying online through your financial institutions. 
  • For future bills, please consider signing-up for pre-authorized payments
  • If you have any questions about your tax bills, please contact our tax department. 
  • If you have any questions about your general or water/sewer bills, contact our water billing department.
Lawn Care and Landscaping 

YES: Lawn cutting and maintenance for safety is allowed
NO: Beautification or aesthetics

Parks: OPEN with Restrictions

COVID-19 Update from Community Services & Facilities Department:

Effective immediately, parks are reopened in Thames Centre,  but gatherings outside will still be enforced. Play outside safely. Parents keep your distance and wear a mask if you can’t.

The above changes are subject to possible revisions as more details become available to the Municipality.  We thank you for your understanding and hope everyone can stay safe and healthy.

If you are concerned about people not respecting physical distancing rules at local parks, do not call 911. The number to contact the OPP for incidents that are non-urgent is 1-888-310-1122.

Playgrounds: OPEN

COVID-19 Update from Community Services & Facilities Department:

Effective immediately, playgrounds are reopened in Thames Centre, as the Province has changed their decision and no longer requires playgrounds to be closed, but gatherings outside will still be enforced. Play outside safely. Parents keep your distance and wear a mask if you can’t.

The above changes are subject to possible revisions as more details become available to the Municipality.  We thank you for your understanding and hope everyone can stay safe and healthy.

  • If you are concerned about residents/people not respecting physical distancing rules at playground and sports fields, DO NOT call 911. The number to contact the OPP for incidents that are non-urgent is 1-888-310-1122.
Senior Centre: CLOSED
  • As of Saturday, April 3, 2021 the Senior Centre is CLOSED as Ontario imposes a province-wide "stay at home" order
Thorndale Lions Community Centre: CLOSED
  • As of Saturday, April 3, 2021 the Thorndale Lions Community Centre is CLOSED as Ontario imposes a province-wide "stay at home" order

Other Resources:

Are You Wondering if Your Business is Considered an Essential Service?

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659

Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Association of Municipalities Ontario 
Business Resources and Support
Dorchester Foodbank

Dorchester Food Bank – OPEN: By appointment only on a monthly basis. (122 Queens St., Dorchester, 519 268 7872)

Health Links

The following are providing regular updates related to COVID-19:

Middlesex County

Middlesex County COVID-19 updates

Ontario Energy Board

It was recently announced that, to support Ontarians through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Starting on March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers and farms on time-of-use (TOU) pricing under the OEB’s Regulated Price Plan (RPP) pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed.

​​​​​​Energy Board Pricing

Thames Valley District School Board