COVID 19

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.  

The State of Emergency for the Township of Cavan Monaghan that was declared Thursday March 26, 2020 by Mayor Scott McFadden has been lifted.  However, this does not mean that the pandemic is over.  Everyone must continue to be vigilant and follow the guidelines as outlined by the Public Health Officals.

  • Practice physical distancing (stay at least 2 meters apart)
  • Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or into a tissue. 
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge.

 Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice;

An official global travel advisory and pandemic travel health notice are in effect: Canadian citizens and permanent residents are advised to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

 Municipal Operations

On Monday September 14, 2020, the Township of Cavan Monaghan’s Municipal Office re-opened to the public with strict guidelines to ensure the safety of residents, staff and members of Council.  Rental facilities (i.e. Community Centre (including Community Hall, Studio Room, Meeting Room and ice surface), Millbrook Arena, and Dorthey Stevens) remain closed to the Public.  The Millbrook and Bruce Johnston branches of the Cavan Monaghan Libraries are open.  Please visit their website for a list of available hours.  

The Transfer Station remains open however social-distancing protocols require that  there will be a maximum limit of 5 cars in the Transfer Station. One of the attendants will be controlling the traffic at the front and our Public Works team will set up traffic flow measures.  The Re-Use Centre is closed until further notice. 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.

The Municipal Office was closed for public access and operations at Township facilities were suspended on March 17, 2020 under the advisement of local, provincial and federal health authorities as a precaution to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although municipal business continued with staff available by phone, email and online, the following guidelines established by Public Health Authorities, the Municipal Office will allow the office to re-open to the public with the following protocols in place:

All meetings with Staff or members of Council are by appointment only until further notice. A self-assessment form will be completed prior to meeting with Staff or members of Council on Township premises.

  • Face coverings must be worn unless exempt due to religion or health reasons apply.
  • Walk-in visitors must remain in the reception/customer service area. A maximum of two (2) visitors in the reception/customer service area will be permitted at any one time.
  • No use of the washrooms.
  • Physical distancing – stay at least two metres apart

Staff continue to be available by phone 705-932-2929 or email services@cavanmonaghan.net. A complete staff directory is available on the Township website at www.cavanmonaghan.net.

We continue to encourage meetings via video conferencing whenever possible. Customers wishing to pay bills have a number of options available to them. A complete list of payment options are available on the Township website.

Council meetings will continue to be held as scheduled via the Zoom Platform. As a member of the public you are welcome to speak to Council. Mechanisms are in place to allow you to make a delegation electronically and/or for the Township to hold a Public Meeting. Please contact the Clerk’s department for more information: 705-932-9326. Meetings are also live streamed to the Township’s YouTube™ channel.

 Guidelines
All members of the public who enter our offices must wear a face covering unless they indicate they are exempt for religious or health reasons.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, Peterborough Public Health recommends all members of the public should:

  • Stay at home and avoid non-essential gatherings.
  • Wear a face covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin in indoor public spaces.
  • Practice physical distancing – stay at least two metres apart.
  • Wash your hands as frequently as possible.
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze into your arm.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms – Self Monitor and Self Isolate. Use the self-assessment tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment. For advanced symptoms or severe symptoms – difficulty breathing etc, call 911 immediately.
  • If you have travelled outside Canada recently, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

The situation continues to evolve rapidly and as such, the Township maybe required to make decisions affecting Township services and facilities. We will make every effort to inform the public as soon as possible through our website and social media channels.

 How do I pay taxes and water/wastewater bills?

 The Township of Cavan Monaghan has a variety of payment options available to pay tax, water and wastewater or any other municipal bills. Tap or contactless payments are encouraged. 

The municipality will waive all late payment penalties for any invoices due during the COVID-19 pandamic until October 31, 2020

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.

Other official resources for COVID-19 Updates include;

Residents are reminded that 9-1-1 is for police, fire, or medical emergencies when immediate action is required. 

 Support for Businesses
  • The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will help small Canadian Businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support local businesses of all kinds across the country. For further information and see if your business is eligible to receive a grant, visit The Ontario Chamber of Commerce Website
  • The Government of Ontario is providing $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is working closely with local school boards and surrounding local public health units to implement provincial standards and guidance to support the safe reopening of schools.
  • On June 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario confirmed that it is making $9 million available for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), to support residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
  • 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.

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