The Township continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation through Peterborough Public Health (PPH).  PPH is working closely with local, provincial and federal partners to manage and respond effectively.  If you have concerns or would like to file a complaint relating to self-isolation, quartantine, gatherings of 5 or more etc., please contact Peterborough Public Health and they can direct you to the appropriate enforcement agency.

We are here for you.

In the Township of Cavan Monaghan, we have activated the Municipal Control Group (MCG) and are working diligently to protect our residents and help slow the spread of the virus.  The MCG is meeting regularly and will provide ongoing updates to our residents.  We have an opportunity to support each other in this time of crisis. 

 How does this impact me?

Under advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19.  On March 28, 2020, the Province prohibited gatherings of more than 5 people to further stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Scott McFadden declared a State of Emergency for the Township of Cavan Monaghan, effective  Thursday March 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., to reinforce the need for residents to take necessary precautions to reduce the impacts of the present COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 23, 2020, the Province announced a list of essential workplaces that can remain open.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community, Peterborough Public Health encourages everyone to practice physical distancing. Physical distancing means avoiding close contact (being within 2 metres or 6 feet) with people outside of your immediate family. 

Limit contact with others

  • Stay at home and reduce the number of visits into your community:
    • Limit the number of times you go shopping for groceries and other essential errands. Make a list and plan ahead, try to combine these when you can! 
    • If you are a senior, Community Care is still offering their Meals on Wheels and grocery delivery services.   The office is closed to the public so please call: 705-932-2011 for more information
    • Consider alternative ways to work if possible (work from home, meetings by video or teleconference)

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.

 For anyone who has travelled outside of Canada:

The Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travelers arriving in Canada in order to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada.  

If you have recently returned to Canada and have no symptoms, you must quarantine (self-isolate) yourself.  This is mandatory. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

This means you must:

  • Go directly to your place of quarantine, without delay, and stay there for 14 days
  • Do not go to school, work, other public areas and community settings
  • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you
  • Do not have visitors
  • Stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others

You can take public transportation to get to your place of self-isolation after you arrive in Canada, but you must not stop on the way home and practice physical (social) distancing at all times. 

If you have recently returned to Canada and have symptoms, you must isolate. This is mandatory. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.

Mandatory isolation means you must:

  • Go directly to the place where you will isolate, without delay, and stay there for 14 days
  • Go to your place of isolation using private transportation only, such as your personal vehicle
  • Stay inside your home
  • Not leave your place of isolation unless it’s to seek medical attention
  • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis)
  • Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others in your home, if possible
  • Not have visitors and limit contact with others in the place of isolation, including children
  • Not isolate in a place where you will have contact with vulnerable people such as older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions

If your symptoms get worse, immediately contact your health care provider or public health authority and follow their instructions. 

If you have symptoms but do not have a place to isolate, you will be required to isolate for 14 days in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.

 Municipal Operations

The Municipal Office is closed to public access until further notice. Operations at the following facilities have been suspended:

  • Cavan Monaghan Community Centre
  • Old Millbrook Arena
  • Old Millbrook School (including the EarlyON Child and Family Centre)
    • Millbrook Foodshare is closed however residents in need of services can contact Kawartha Foodshare 705-743-5377 or email: 
  • All Cavan Monaghan playgrounds
  • Cavan Monaghan Libraries – Millbrook Branch
  • Cavan Monaghan Libraries – Bruce Johnston Branch
  • Meetings of Committees of Council
  • Special Meetings/Events i.e. Rabies Clinic
  • LifeLabs have moved their satellite office to the Medical Centre at 849 Alexander Court, Peterborough, ON.  You can contact them directly at 1-877-849-3637. 

Municipal business will continue and Staff will still be available by contacting the Municipal Office by phone 705-932-2929 or by email  and using the various online resources available on our website  Council meetings will continue as scheduled. 

 How do I pay taxes and water/wastewater bills?

 Customers can pay bills using the following resources:
  • By mail – cheques only.
  • Through the after-hours drop box at the Municipal Office (cheques only – cash will not be received).
  • At your local bank branch/mortgage company.
  • Telephone/Internet banking - access your online banking. See website for details. 
  • Pre-Authorized Payment Plan

The Municipality will waive all late payment penalties for any invoices due during the COVID-19 municipal office closure timeline. Cash payments will not be accepted. All other regular payment options remain available at this time.

 Curbside Pick-up

All essential Municipal services are continuing (i.e. emergency services, water wastewater and public works).  Curbside pick-up will continue.  The Transfer Station is open.  The Re-use Centre has been closed. The Peterborough County-City Landfill is open to the general public effective April 14, 2020 and until further notice is operating under new restrictions as part of the growing efforts to reduce close contact that could spread COVID-19. Please review the information regarding these new restrictions before visiting.

Where can I get more information?

The Township has set up a dedicated web page for updates on the COVID-19 situation. To stay up-to-date on the situation we are encouraging residents to visit the page and/or subscribe to the page updates. We encourage all members of the community to keep updated by visiting the Peterborough Public Health website and/or the Government of Canada’s website for updates on COVID-19.
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Residents are reminded that 9-1-1 is for police, fire, or medical emergencies when immediate action is required.

If you have concerns about COVID-19 please call Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000 x401 Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Residents with symptoms can consult with a Public Health Nurses either by calling 705-743-1000 or by email at All other COVID-19 inquiries will be triaged and responded to by the appropriate staff person. Outside of these hours, residents may leave a voicemail message, which will be responded to the following business day.

After these hours, residents are asked to call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or TTY number at 1-866-797-0007 for medical advice. Residents are also encouraged to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool if they are concerned about their symptoms. This is available on  on the home page under “Do I Have COVID-19?”.

 Support for Businesses
  • If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
  • To support business-owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province, the government has launched a website to provide businesses with information on personal protective equipment
    (PPE) suppliers.
  • Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments are launching the second intake of the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to help farmers enhance health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Farm Credit Canada has put in place a COVID-19 support program.
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank. The fund is intended for small and medium-sized companies that require greater help to meet their operational cash flow requirements. 
  • The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has provided an online space, Pandemic Info Share, to enable businesses and organizations to share their pandemic-related good
    practices and resources.
  • Applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Susbsity (CEWS) opens April 27th.  The CRA encourages employers to sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client, as employers will be able to apply through these portals.
  • Launch of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers.  This page includes detailed information and instructions about who can apply for the subsidy, how eligibility is assessed, and how the subsidy is calculated.
  • 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).
  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19 – Matching Employers with Job Seekers
  • Through the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes mesasures for the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending to meet operational cash-flow requirements;
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Recovery Centre - Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is committed to supporting all businesses in the region through this difficult time, and will continue to update this Business Recovery Centre Portal with information, links and resources as they become available to assist businesses along the way.
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses - The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Further details to be released in near future.
  • Eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program has been expanded. The program will now be available to businesses which paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019 and operating as of March 1, 2020.
  • The Federal Government is providing relief for Federally regulated pension plan sponsors.
  • The Provincial government has launched a new website Ontario Together that will help businesses and their employees work with the Province to meet the challenges of COVID-19.  The website will identify the province's supply challenges and solicit ideas and advice from Ontario's business and manufacturing communities on how the government can work together to meet the need.  Through the portal, companies will be able to submit proposals for the government to procure required goods and services and share creative solutions quickly. 
  • The Federal government is also seeking Canadian manufacturers that can help address the challenge of COVID-19. 
  • Provincial business supports to help navigate the economy during COVID-19.
  • To further support businesses and their employees the Federal Government has announced a number of support programs for small to medium sized businesses. 
  • If you are a tourism operator, a small business or an organization affected by COVID-19 and need pressing assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) could assist you with access to federal funding and services. 
  • The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program is a program that will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need.
 Support for Individuals
  • The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • As part of the Province's COVID-19 Action Plan to Increase Protection for Vulnerable People and Those Who Care for Them, the Government is expanding the list of eligible expenses under Special Services at Home and for Passport funding.
  • The government has introduced more aggressive testing, screening, and surveillance, deployed specialized teams from hospitals, public health and the home care sector, recruited additional frontline staff, and increased personal protective equipment.
  • The province is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need and doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments.
  • Government of Canada has launched a new web portal to connect Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19.  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 Province has launched the first phase of the Learn at Home Portal. new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
  • Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards.
  • The tax filing deadline for individuals has been extended to June 1, and allows all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18th and before September 2020.
  • If you or anyone you know either in the City or County of Peterborough is struggling to meet basic needs, Peterborough Public health has developed a list of income and food supports that are available.

Accessing Local Resources

 Millbrook Food Share
Millbrook Foodshare is closed however residents in need of services can contact Kawartha Foodshare 705-743-5377 or email:
 Millbrook IDA Pharmacy

Location: 8 King St E, Millbrook, ON L0A 1G0
Phone: (705) 932-3131

Hours:Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prescription deliveries are available upon a first come first served basis.  Call to order.

 Millbrook Community Care

Location: 22 King Street Millbrook ON

Phone: (705) 932-2011

Contact: Karen Morton

Some grocery pick-up and delivery, hot and frozen meal delivery.  Remote Yoga programs available - please call the local Millbrook Office for more information. The Office and thrift store is closed to the public but the Co-ordinator Karen Morton is available by phone/email.

 Millbrook Foodland

Location: 6 Centre St, Millbrook, ON 

Phone: (705) 932-2139

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How to care for your Septic System

Peterborough Public Health is encouraging rural residents to continue to use septic smart practices:


  • Maintain your system and pump the tank regularly
  • Repair leaky plumbing fixtures
  • Clean your effluent filter at least twice per year
  • Ensure that the tank and leaching bed have erosion control (grass)


  • flush cleaning wipes (dispose of in the garbage)
  • drive over the leaching bed (or park on it)
  • plant deep-rotted trees or shrubs in the vicinity of the system
  • build over the tank or leaching bed with hard surfaces.

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