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Since mid-January 2020, the City of Hawkesbury has been following the evolution of the Covid-19 closely for you with daily updates, relevant links and documents to download.

Last update: May 20, 2020

As Ontario Reopens, People Urged to Continue Following Public Health Advice:

Face coverings now recommended when physical distancing is a challenge

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Keep People Safe:
Some Outdoor Recreational Amenities Reopening with Restrictions

As part of this initial stage, the government is permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas, effective as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the province's reopening plan.

But everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing from those outside of their household."

To ensure that individuals and families have safe access to outdoor spaces, it is critical they take everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus, such as maintaining physical distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone outside of their household, washing hands regularly, and staying home if feeling unwell.


Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 - there is no option for anyone to opt out.

Social distancing is the key against Covid-19.

The lives of Hawkesbury's people, especially our community's most vulnerable citizens, is in your hands and will depend on your actions over the coming days and weeks.

It is still strongly recommend that you and other members of your household stay home except for essential reasons, such as to:

  • Access health care services;
  • Shop for groceries;
  • Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;
  • Walk pets when required; and
  • Support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs.

Following instructions from the Government of Ontario, the Town of Hawkesbury maintains the closure of Town Hall, all facilities in all parks, the Sports Complex (multi room, skating rink, pool and other halls), the fire station, the water plant and the public works building, until further notice.

The Marina, dog park and outdoor tennis courts are available under sanitary procedures for all.

However, many municipal services are available online or by phone.

Extraordinary measures were adopted to reduce the financial impact of Covid-19 on Hawkesbury’s citizens:

  • Be it resolved to suspend the penalty fees for property taxes until May 31st, 2020 and;
  • Be it also resolved to delay until May 31st, 2020 the payments for user fees, water and sewer taxes, dog licenses and business licenses.

For any information about property and water taxes, please call 613 632-0106 ext. 2266

or email us at . You still can make a tax payment, please use one of the following options:

  • Use our secure outer box at main entrance;
  • Through your online banking services (smartphone or computer).
  • At your financial institution.
  • Pre-Authorized debit plan.
  • Postdated cheque.

Planning Department

Call 613-632-0106 ext. 2031 or email us at

Construction Department

Call 613-632-0106 ext. 2021 or email us at

Clerk and By-law Enforcement Department

Call 613-632-0106 ext. 2330 or email us at

Recreation and Tourism Department

Call 613-632-0106 ext. 2252 or email us at

Municipal Facilities Department

This service is operational. To report a breakage or an event related to municipal facilities (parks, green spaces, public facilities, etc.).

Call 613-632-0106, ext. 2258 or email us at

Fire Department

The station is currently closed to the public. However, the Fire Department is still operational 24/7, as usual.

For emergencies only, after the normal office hours of the Town Hall, call 613-632-1105.

Please note that the Departments will respond to various requests within 48 hours.

Public Works Department

This department is operational. To report a breakage or an event related to municipal infrastructure (roads, safe water, traffic, etc.).

Call 613-632-0106, ext. 2020 or email us at

In order to ensure the safety of the public and that of the municipal employees, the Town of Hawkesbury is canceling the Household hazardous waste collection scheduled for May 2 is also canceled, however the one scheduled on October 3, 2020 being maintained.

Garbage and recycling collections are carried out as usual.


COVID-19 Recovery Loans. The PRCDC is offering microcredit loans to Prescott-Russell entrepreneurs and business needing help with their working capital. A minimum of $5,000 up to $20,000 available. Limited applications accepted. Visit our website or contact us for more information.

pdfUpdated (May 4, 2020) Government announced support document

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund: COVID-19:

Encourage Local, committed to the promotion and encouragment of local shopping:

WebConférence: Gestion d'entreprise en temps de crise:

Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC): 

Hawkesbury and Regiob Chamber of Commerce focus group (on Fridays at noon):

Signé local - Local with Love - PrescottRussell Group:

Shop. Eat. Enjoy - Intro To Local Businesses About Our Group:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada:

Pandemic Preparedness for Business:

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19:


Eastern Ontario Health Unit:

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains:

World Health Organization:


May 19, 2020

Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed:

Government unveils plans for reopening child care, day camps and initiatives to strengthen learning into the summer

May 14, 2020

Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen:

Additional seasonal, retail and household businesses must follow public health guidelines

May 13, 2020

Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy:

New legislation will allow for more virtual or remote transactions during COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Protecting Ontario's Children with COVID-19

Ontario Takes Steps to Better Protect Long-Term Care Residents and Staff During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy:

New legislation will allow for more virtual or remote transactions during COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Ontario Retail Stores Open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery:

Health and safety guidelines in place to protect workers and customers

May 6, 2020

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19:

Residential, farm and small business customers continue to benefit from temporary relief measure

May 1, 2020

Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines:

Steady Decrease in COVID-19 Cases Required Before Beginning Next Stage of Reopening

April 30, 2020

pdfNOTICE: AMENDED Order from the Medical Officer of Health for Supermarkets, Grocery Stores; Convenience Stores; Discount and Big Box Retailers Selling Groceries; Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores; and Pharmacies - April 29, 2020

pdfNOTICE: NEW Order from the Medical Officer of Health for All Businesses That Provide Curb Side Pick-Up as an Alternative Method of Sale

pdfNOTICE: NEW Order from the Medical Officer of Health for All Restaurants That Provide Drive-Through Services

April 29, 2020

More Frontline Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care:

Ontario To Help More Essential Staff During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 27, 2020

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province:

Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery

School Closures Extended to Keep Students, Staff and Families Safe:

Students Will Still Be Able to Complete School Year

April 25, 2020

Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of COVID-19 with Pandemic Pay:

Government Recognizes the Dedication and Sacrifice of Frontline Workers

Ontario Allows the Redeployment of Staff to Better Care for Vulnerable People During COVID-19:

Emergency orders support seniors, the deafblind community, and vulnerable communities

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

pdfOntario is launching the new Ontario Community Support Program to assist low-income seniors and people with disabilities in need.

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords:

Rent Assistance in Addition to Billions in Measures to Support Business During the COVID-19 Outbreak 

April 23, 2020

Ontario Delivers Action Plan to Increase Protection for Vulnerable People and Those Who Care for Them:

Additional measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19

Health Experts Say the COVID-19 Outbreak Has Likely Peaked in Ontario:

Modelling shows physical distancing still needed to prevent further spread

Province Calls for Innovative Solutions to Combat COVID-19:

Ontario Investing $20 Million to Advance Medical Research

Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19:

$1 million in new funding to support efforts that match employers with job-seekers

Ontario Offers Emergency Child Care to More Frontline Staff:

Expansion Will Assist Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Outbreak


April 17, 2020

Ontario Takes Further Action to Protect Vulnerable People from COVID-19:

Province makes it easier to reassign staff where they are needed most

April 14, 2020

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19

Sustained Measures Necessary to Stop the Spread and Protect Public Health

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario legislature and with the full cooperation of all parties, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging.

April 13, 2020

Province Developing New Health Data Platform to Help Defeat COVID-19

New platform will allow researchers to better detect, plan and respond to the outbreak

April 11, 2020

Ontario Takes Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Province Extends Emergency Orders until April 23

Ontario Protects Parents during COVID-19:

Province Prevents Operators from Charging Fees while Child Cares are Closed

Ontario Significantly Expanding COVID-19 Testing:

Enhanced testing strategy will help stop the spread of the virus

 April 7, 2020

Community Financial Support related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

To all our community partners, organizations, non-profit agencies and to those who support the most vulnerable in our community, we would like to hear from you as to how the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) may financially assist you in order for you to continue to offer the best support to our community in these trying times.

On March 23, 2020, the Provincial government announced a $200-million investment in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

If you are providing new or enhanced support or service(s) for vulnerable persons in Prescott and Russell with respect to homelessness, shelter, food security, seniors, youth, etc., as a result of COVID-19, we would ask that you submit your request by Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Please send your request to the attention of Alain Lacelle, Housing Services Manager, at . For any questions, call 613-675-4642, ext. 6500.

pdfNotice available here

April 3, 2020

Additional Measures Necessary to Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. Teleworking, online commerce and other innovative ways of working remotely are permitted at all times and are strongly encouraged for all businesses. All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.

The updated essential businesses list can be found here.

April 2, 2020

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19:

Additional Resources will Improve Access to Online and Virtual Supports

April 1, 2020

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 31, 2020

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19:

Province announces second phase of Learn at Home to support continuity of learning

Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19:

All Outdoor Recreational Amenities across Province Now Closed

March 30, 2020

Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020

Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions.

Stronger action required to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Ontario Taking Emergency Measures to Support Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19:

Funds, resources and flexibility for the sector to support staffing and continue to protect province’s most vulnerable.

March 28, 2020

Ontario Protecting Supply Chains To Support COVID-19 Emergency Response

Province to Buy Urgently Needed Critical Goods and Services and Deploy them to Where They are Needed the Most

March 26, 2020

Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses:

New financial measure will allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months.

pdfPreventing Covid-19
in the workplace: advice for employers, employees and essential service workers.

March 25, 2020

For safety reasons, all parks and facilities are CLOSED until further notice.

To help workers and assist businesses to keep employees, the Government has introduced the #COVID19 Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19:

Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659.

March 24, 2020

Ontario Implements Enhanced Measures to Protect the Safety of Residents in Long-Term Care Homes :

Additional protocols help keep province’s most vulnerable safe

Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19 :

New Measures to Further Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

List of Essential Workplaces

March 23, 2020

Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis:

New Funding Will Support Municipalities, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and Individuals

Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports

Interactive Self-Assessment Tool Now Available to Help Keep People Safe:

March 22, 2020

ORDER by the Medical Officer of Health under Section 22
Health Protection and Promotion Act R.S.O., 1990 Chapter H. 7

From the Eastern Ontario Health Unit;

As part of our expanding social distancing public health measures and to clarify any confusion, I have issued, effective today and until further notice, an order which I have attached for the immediate closure of the following establishments/premises in the EOHU area:

  • All PERSONAL SERVICES SETTINGS INCLUDING ALL premises at which hairdressing and barbering, tattooing, body piercing, nail services, electrolysis and other aesthetic services are offered

Ontario Takes Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Health Care Resources are Available to Contain COVID-19

March 21, 2020

Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19:

New Government Website Removes Barriers for Companies to Provide Essential Goods and Services



Ontario Expands Coverage for Care. Enhanced Health Care Coverage Critical to Support Efforts to Contain COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home.

Province Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal.

March 19, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.

Ontario Protecting Critical Front-Line Justice Services in Response to COVID-19

Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards:

New Measures and Regulations Will Reduce In-person Visits to Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Ontario is Protecting Seniors' Health and Safety

March 17, 2020

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19

March 14, 2020

Government of Canada advises Canadians to avoid non-essential travel abroad