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This page was created to outline protocols and service delivery changes at the Township of South Glengarry due to the precautions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

For specific health-related information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following credible websites:

ABOUT COVID-19

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory infection that can be deadly for older people and people with chronic diseases. Learn more about COVID-19 including:

WHO SHOULD I CALL?

Phone Directory for COVID-19 Related Calls

RECENT NOTICES REGARDING COVID-19

  • September 21, 2020 - Char-Lan Recreation Centre Reopens 
    Ice surface at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown re-opened to reserved ice skating programs on Monday, September 21st, 2020. To ensure everyone's safety, please visit the Township Recreation Page for important information on what to expect before returning to the ice. To reserve ice time, please contact the Township of South Glengarry Recreation Department at 613-347-2411. Please note that the Public Skating, Teen Skate, and Tiny Tots Skating programs will not be offered at this time.
  • September 19, 2020 - Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province
    The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Measures Table, is reducing limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province.
    The new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is: ▪️ 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or ▪️ 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100)
    The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events.
  • August 21, 2020 - Ontario Expands Indoor Capacity for Meeting and Event Facilities
    The Ontario government is safely reopening more of the economy by easing restrictions for facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces. Beginning August 21, 2020, facilities can have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. The facility would have to adhere to a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • August 4, 2020 - South Glengarry Municipal Building Re-Opening to the Public
    The Township administrative office, located at 6 Oak Street, Lancaster, reopened to the public on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 while following the required health and safety measures detailed below. The building will resume regular opening hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Township recreation facilities, community centres, and municipal fire stations remain closed to the public.
    Visitors to the Township Office will be required to:
    ▪️ Wear a face mask while conducting business within the administration building, as per local health directive from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). Please note there are circumstances where individuals cannot wear a mask and these individuals will be accommodated.
    ▪️Upon entry, sanitize hands with the provided sanitizer.
    ▪️Practice two-metre physical distancing.
    ▪️Be courteous and yield to others in close quarters.
    ▪️Limit the number of visitors to only those who are required to be present.
    ▪️Schedule appointments by phone or email ahead of time as much as possible.
    Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.

  • July 17, 2020 - Parks and Playgrounds Open
    As part of Stage 3 of the Government of Ontario's framwork for reopening businesses and services on July 13, the Province of Ontario announced that public spaces, including parks and playgrounds will be permitted to be open, subject to ensuring the appropriate health and safety measures are in place. Therefore, the Township of South Glengarry is permitting access to parks and play structures as of Friday, July 17. While enjoying these park spaces, the following Public Health guidelines MUST be adhered to:
    • Practice 2-metre physical distancing
    • Do not congregate in large social groups at the park
    • Wash/sanitize hands frequently
    • Do not come to the park if you're feeling sick
    • Be respectful of other individuals and families using play structures and equipment. 

    Please note that play structures and other park equipment are not disinfected. USE PARK SPACE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

  • July 13, 2020 - Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3
    Public Gatherings Will Increase in Size as the Province Continues its Path to Economic Recovery. The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province's reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.
  • July 09, 2020 - Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to July 22, 2020
    The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.
  • July 06, 2020 - Local Health Units Announce Regional Approach to Mandatory Masks
    Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health Unit and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of masks in their respective jurisdictions.

    Each public health unit will be invoking a directive under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that requires individuals to wear a mask in certain enclosed public spaces. Under the directive, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting. The EOHU’s Directive takes effect as of July 7th at 12:00 A.M.

  • June 17, 2020 - Township of South Glengarry Parks, Recreation and Facilities Update
    The Township of South Glengarry continues to collaborate and follow the direction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to promote social distancing measures and ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes and updates were made on June 10, 2020.

    INDOOR TOWNSHIP RENTAL FACILITIES 
    Closure of indoor rental facilities including the Char Lan Recreation Centre, all community centres and Fire Hall meeting rooms will remain closed to private and public rental functions until at least August 31, 2020. 

    OUTDOOR TOWNSHIP RENTAL FACILITIES
    Sports fields are now open for drop-in use with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Users may access these facilities with members of their own household, or in small groups of 10 or less while using proper distancing and disinfection practices. Organized sports will not be permitted at this time, however when distancing measures are lifted these outdoor facilities will be ready for traditional rentals. 

    SPLASH PAD FACILITY
    Phase 2 of re-opening the Province of Ontario began  Friday, June 12. Staff is aware that Splash Pads within the Eastern Ontario Health Unit have been given permission to apply for opening these facilities. Guidelines have just been released by the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association  and staff is currently working with these agencies in order to determine the feasibility and best practices of open the splash pad , while ensuring the continued health and safety of our residents and staff.  Until further notice, South Glengarry  is not prepared to open the  Splash Pad facility in Williamstown at Paul Rozon Park. In the meantime we encourage you to use the facilities that are open, while conforming to proper distancing measures, and continue to monitor our website and communication with regards to Pool and Splash Pad facilities. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

  • June 10, 2020 - Beaches and Campsites to Open at Ontario Parks
    As part of the Ontario government's Stage 2 reopening plan, more facilities and services will be available at provincial parks in certain regions beginning on June 12, 2020. Gradually over the next several weeks, Ontario Parks will start opening campgrounds, providing more washrooms and drinking water, along with roofed accommodations, park store and rental operations, visitor centres, and sports fields. It's important to check what facilities and services are available before visiting a provincial park.
  • June 8, 2020 - Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days
    Restrictions Being Eased in Communities Where It Is Safe to Do So. The Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.
    Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.
  • May 14, 2020 - Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen 
    The Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.
  • May 9, 2020 - Ontario Opening Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves
    The Ontario government is opening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. Day visitors will also be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month.  
  • May 6, 2020 - Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19
    The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is intended to be in place for an additional 24 days.
  • May 6, 2020 - Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19
    The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. Business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners.
  • April 29, 2020 - EOHU Issues Three Orders for Essential Businesses
    The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has issued three new Orders for businesses deemed essential, pursuant to section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
  • April 27, 2020 - Reopening Ontario after COVID-19
    Ontario is planning for the next phase of responding to the coronavirus (COVID‑19) outbreak – reopening our province. This framework outlines the method and principles the province will use to reopen businesses, services and public spaces to responsibly lead Ontario’s economy back to a strong position.
  • April 24, 2020 - Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19
    Families will have more choice when buying food and plants online.The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).
  • April 24, 2020 - Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
    The Ontario Government is committing $241 million to partner with the federal government and deliver more than $900 million in urgent relief to small businesses and their landlords through a new program, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • April 17, 2020 - Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19
    The government of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning
  • April 16, 2020 - Prime Minister Announces Additional Support for Small Businesses
    Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced new measures to support Canadian businesses so they can keep their doors open and their employees on the job. (More information to be released on this in the coming days/weeks)
  • April 4, 2020 - Ontario Takes Steps to Keep Food on the Table during COVID-19
    Ontario has opened an online portal to connect agri-food employers with workers looking to make a difference in order to keep food on the table during COVID-19.This new online tool will make it easier to match people to essential jobs and training resources throughout the provincial food supply chain.
  • April 3, 2020 - Local Paramedics Seeking Community Support
    Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services are preparing for an increase in calls for service due to the spread of COVID-19. 
    During this time, it is more important than ever that residents of Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry only call 911 for emergencies.
  • April 2, 2020 - By-Law Officers to Enforce COVID-19 Related Regulations
    Township of South Glengarry By-Law Officers can now enforce provincial regulations regarding COVID-19. This measure follows Ontario’s order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
  • April 1, 2020 - New $50 Million Ontario Together Fund
    The Ontario government is launching a new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment
  • March 26, 2020 - SDG, Municipal Partners Declare State of Emergency
    In response to growing concerns over COVID-19 in Eastern Ontario, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G), the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the City of Cornwall have declared a state of emergency as of 4:00 PM on March 26, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus.
  • March 17, 2020 - Government of Ontario Declares Provincial State of Emergency
    The Government of Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency in order to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. These measures will help protect all residents, including those who are most vulnerable. They will also help ensure that healthcare professionals can focus their efforts on those who need it most.

IMPACTED TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENTS AND SERVICES

Essential municipal services will continue to be delivered, including water purification, wastewater treatment, emergency services, and waste collection. For more information please visit these pages of our website:

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

The Township of South Glengarry is here to help local businesses. If you are a business owner in South Glengarry with questions regarding different programs or government support presently available during COVID-19, please reach out to our Economic Development and Tourism Department by calling 613-347-1166 ext 264 or by sending an email HERE.

  • Free Online Store and Website Development for South Glengarry Businesses
    The Township of South Glengarry is proud to bring ShopHERE powered by Google to our local independent businesses and artists. Together we aim to help businesses and artists launch their own online stores. You can find out further information by clicking the above link or calling the Township of South Glengarry and asking to speak to the Economic Development Department.
  • Has Your Business Been Declined for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)?:
    Funding is now available through Cornwall and the Countie's CFDC. In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, CFDCs will focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with 0% loans up to $40,000. 

    Eligible CFDC applicants must also meet the following criteria:

    • Established prior to March 1, 2020.
    • Impacted adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Viable and not experiencing other financial difficulties prior to March 1, 2020.
    • Have attempted to access other federal relief supports and were ineligible, rejected, or require funding for expenses that have not been supported, with priority given to applicants who were ineligible or rejected from other federal relief supports.
     Costs incurred prior to April 1st, 2020 are not eligible.
  • Expanded Eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
    On May 19, 2020 the Federal Government announced it was expanding the criteria used by businesses in calculating their CEBA eligibility. To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 need: 

    • A business operating account at a participating financial institution.
    • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
    • Eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities and insurance.
    Expenses will be subject to verification and audit by the Government of Canada. 
  • Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
    The Ontario Government is committing $241 million to partner with the federal government and deliver more than $900 million in urgent relief to small businesses and their landlords through a new program, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.
  • SDG & Cornwall Regional Business Survey
    SDG Economic Development, it’s municipalities and Cornwall Economic Development, would like to have a better understanding of how COVID-19 has affected our local businesses. To take the SDG & Cornwall Regional Business Survey to provide valuable input, please click the link above. The information you provide will help guide local Councils when developing recovery programs and community support. The survey should only take between one to five minutes. More participation will make for a stronger understanding of the current landscape. Please share this survey with your contacts. 
  • Prime Minister Announces Additional Support for Small Businesses
    Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced new measures to support Canadian businesses so they can keep their doors open and their employees on the job. (More information to be released on this in the coming days/weeks)
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator Now Available
    Ahead of the Wage Subsidy application process, which will be available in the coming days, additional details regarding the subsidy and a calculator is now available for businesses.
  • Canadian Business Resilience Network 
    In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery. Whether you are self-employed, a small business owner or a large enterprise, you shouldn’t have to worry about losing your business, and your employees shouldn’t have to worry about losing their jobs. Please note: new programs are being introduced very rapidly with operational details and clarifications being made daily. Please check back frequently for the latest information. 
  • Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce's Local Business Portal
    As the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce looks to further provide support to all local businesses during the pandemic, the Chamber has launched: ShopCornwallandArea.ca. The site will act as a one-stop, always-on directory of local businesses who are operating during the pandemic in one form or another. At this time, the Chamber is opening the platform to all businesses at no charge. There are over 135 local businesses signed up to date! Each participating business will receive a free listing that could include opening hours (if applicable), contact details, pick-up or delivery options, a small product catalogue, and links to existing e-commerce sites. As part of the program, vendors who express interest in establishing an e-commerce site will also receive assistance from the Chamber.  
    Please note that you do not need to be a Chamber Member to access this resource. 
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
    CFIB has created a COVID-19 small business help centre. They are regularly updating the page as new information becomes available. Click the link above to access FAQ's, templates, policies and more. 
  • Extended Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products and Services
    Learn about extensions on expiry dates for drivers licences, vehicle and carrier products and services due to COVID-19.
    Please note that this includes: extending the Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR), annual oversize/overweight permits and semi-annual and annual vehicle inspections

  • Ministry Extends Working-at-Heights Training
    Construction workers will have an extra year to renew their training if they work at heights. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has extended the validity period of their previous training because many training providers have cancelled classes or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandatory training for more than 120,000 workers would have expired over the next six months. The extension will ensure these workers can continue to work when possible. 
  • Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs
    The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020

  • Government of 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.
  • Ontario’s Stop the Spread Business Information Line
    If you are a business owner and have questions about temporary measures including closures and essential workplaces,
    please call Ontario's Stop the Spread Busines Information Line at: 1-888-444-3659.
  • Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging 
    Effective March 28, 2020, the government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods. If you are aware of anyone charging higher-than-usual prices for in-demand products, report it online or call Consumer Protection Ontario at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
    Liquor sales licensees may now sell liquor for takeout/delivery along with food. As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government has amended Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees (i.e., licensed bars and restaurants) to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. These changes are effective immediately, and last until December 31, 2020.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 
    Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19

  • Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corp
    Program will offer microloans from $2,500 up to $20,000 (and up to $50,000 on exception) to companies who cannot access additional funding through the BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada or their Traditional Bank and need an immediate cash injection to cover expenses over the next 3 months. 
  • Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit
    The government has announced a number of tax measures in response to COVID-19. One of the tax measures includes a Regional Opportunities Tax Credit. SD&G is one of the designated eligible regions. 

SUPPORT FOR FARMERS

  • Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19
    The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).

  • Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19
    The OFA has recently developed a new Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19 that can help reduce risk and improve safety for you, your employees, and the public. This Guide for farms and farm businesses is split into three parts: Facilitating Business Interactions on the Farm, Responding to Exposure to COVID-19, and Managing Risk during Business Operations. 
  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19 
    The government of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

  • Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
    The FCC Has received an enhancement to its capital base that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity.

SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS.

  • Extended Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products and Services
    Learn about extensions on expiry dates for drivers licences, vehicle and carrier products and services due to COVID-19.
    Please note that this includes: extending the Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR), annual oversize/overweight permits and semi-annual and annual vehicle inspections
  • Ministry Extends Working-at-Heights Training
    Construction workers will have an extra year to renew their training if they work at heights. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has extended the validity period of their previous training because many training providers have cancelled classes or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandatory training for more than 120,000 workers would have expired over the next six months. The extension will ensure these workers can continue to work when possible. 
  • Canada COVID-19 Support App
    The free app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and self-assess your symptoms. Available now through Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you do not want to download the app, you can access the web version, HERE. Please note that this information will be best viewed on a mobile device.
  • Ontario Increasing Public Health Units' Capacity to Stop COVID-19
    Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19.

  • Drive-Through COVID-19 Assessment Centre Opening in Casselman
    The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), in partnership with the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, is opening a drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre in Casselman on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020. The centre is located at the EOHU’s Casselman office, at 872 Principale Street. The centre will be open Monday through Friday each week, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Testing centres will be limited to people with moderate or worsening (but non-severe) symptoms.

  • Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities
    Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) - The government is taking steps to ensure that you will not be required to make any loan payments between March 30 and September 30, 2020. Additionally, no interest will accrue on your student loans during this time. For more information CLICK HERE
  • Meals on Wheels - Lancaster Outreach - Carefor
    The Carefor Char Senior Support Centre Meals on Wheels program remains fully operational. If you or a loved one is having difficulty getting groceries or preparing your own meals, please call(613) 347-1175. Lancaster Outreach - Carefor is also available to take your calls, field your questions and be that friendly voice you may need at this time.

    Stay Strong, Stay Positive, Stay Home and Stay Healthy!

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Counselling and Support Services of SD&G
    Phone: (613) 932-4610
    Please be advise the walk-in counselling clinic is open for service and moving forward, however, will be done by telephone counselling, due to the office being closed to the public because of the pandemic.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    Phone: In crisis? Please call 1-833-456-4566 (toll free)
  • Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie
    Cornwall Location: 613-937-2683 or Alexandria Location: 613-525-5544
  • School Mental Health Ontario
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
    A new portal dedicated to mental wellness has been launched by the Government of Canada. Wellness Together Canada will connect Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls and will make it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues. The entire suite of tools on Wellness Together Canada will offer Canadians different levels of support depending on their need, ranging from information and self-assessment tools, to the opportunity to chat with peer support workers and other professionals.

HOW TO STOP THE SPREAD

Practice Physical Social Distancing

The Township of South Glengarry is actively practicing Social Distancing by reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of COVID-19. By limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings, and cancelling events, South Glengarry can do our part in helping to flatten the curve, protect our residents, and keep our Township safe. 

How can you help? Please choose activities from the “safe” column over activities in the “Stop” column to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our area.

5 ways to practise physical (social) distancing:

  1. keep a distance of 2 meters when going out
  2. avoid large gatherings
  3. work from home if possible
  4. avoid visiting elderly friends or relatives
  5. conduct meetings or visits virtually

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Be sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20-30 seconds.

Wear a Mask

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit directive for mandatory masking within indoor public spaces took effect as of 12:00 A.M. on July 7th, 2020. under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection ActBelow are tips and best practices in helping you to ensure the effectiveness of your mask. Thank you for continuing to keep our community safe.

Before Putting on a Mask:
Clean hands with aclohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

While Wearing a Mask:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose. Make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  2. Avoid touching the mask. If you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 
  3. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. Do not re-use single-use masks.

When You're Done:

  1. Remove the mask from behind using the strings. Do not touch the front of mask.
  2. A. If the mask is single use, dispose immediately.

   2. B. If the mask can be used again, wait until you are home to remove. Wash after each use.

   3. Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 

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Self-Isolation or Quarantine

Self-Isolate when necessary and if you are returning from abroad, please quarantine yourself in your home for 14-Days.
No Exceptions.

Support Local Businesses

Keep the South Glengarry business community vibrant and resilient. You can help make a difference by supporting a local business today.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s OK to NOT be Ok. Please know that help is available, and we encourage you to reach out to The Canadian Mental Health Association for resources and suggestions on how to help cope during this difficult time.

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