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 Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. 

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 Monday, July 13, 2020 announced that regions served by the Peterborough Public Health Unit could move to Stage 3 of the reopening which permitted indoor gathering limits of up to 50 people and outdoor gathering limits of up to 100 subject to physical distancing requirements.  

On July 20, 2020 Peterborough Public Health released a directive outlining the instructions for mandatory face coverings within the geographical area served by Peterborough Public Health. The directive is to owners and operators of commercial establishments, public transit, and commercial transportation.

Peterborough Public Health continues to provide guidance for everyone on how to stay safe.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to continue to be vigilant.

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 traveled 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: 
  • Cavan Monaghan Libraries - both Millbrook and Bruce Johnston buildings are closed but contact-less (curbside) pick up is available, drop boxes are open and summer programs have started!
  • 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
  • COVID-19 – Peterborough Public Health Toolkit - Reopening Safely: Guidance for Workplaces & Retail
  • 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.
  • The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and they have been unable to access other Government of Canada measures.
  • The government of Ontario is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium sized businesses to help them with much needed capital as the province begins to safely and gradually reopen the economy
  • Digital Main Street Grant will help main street small businesses be digitally more effective. Through a $2,500 grant administered by the Ontario BIA Association, small businesses will be able to adopt new technologies and embrace digital marketing. Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) can apply for a Digital Service Squad grant, which will allow them to establish teams to provide personalized, one-on-one support.
  • ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ontario has partnered with the Government of Canada to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses and commercial landlords experiencing financial difficulties during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • 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.
  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) supports businesses by providing financing for their expenses that cannot be avoided or deferred as they take steps to safely navigate a period of shutdown, thereby helping to position businesses for successful relaunch when the economy reopens.  This $55 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.
  • The Federal Government is providing relief for Federally regulated pension plan sponsors.
  • The Provincial government has launched a new website Ontario Together to help fight coronavirus.  Sell medical supplies, find personal protective equipment (PPE), solve problems, or volunteer to help protect against 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 providing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program, a significant increase over last year. This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors' safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly.
  • The federal government announced the temporary extension of the time periods given to
    employers to recall federally-regulated employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Ontario government is investing more than $13 million to support community- driven and youth-led projects to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families facing economic and social barriers. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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