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COVID-19 - Novel Coronavirus


The Township of Selwyn is taking actions
to help protect the health of our community

Effective March 25, 2020
Township of Selwyn Declared a State of Emergency 

A Message from Mayor Mitchell

Municipal Response to COVID-19:

Garbage Collection

Garbage collection continues as scheduled. However, we ask that you please bag ALL garbage and DO NOT place waste loosely in garbage containers. Loose materials will NOT be collected. This small change helps protect collectors from the risk COVID-19. 

Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection

  • If you live in the Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection areas, DO NOT come to the Landfill - wait for your curbside collection. View the 2020 Leaf and Yard Collection Schedule
  • If you do not have access to Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection, please store your collected leaf and yard waste (grass clippings, plant materials) at your property and bring it to the Smith Landfill when we resume normal operations.

Landfill Services - email -

In order to keep our Landfill open for essential purposes, we are asking for everyone to ensure that social distancing is maintained (2 metres/6 feet apart) to keep the public and staff safe.

  • Brush is now being accepted at the Smith Landfill site as of May 20th  (1480 8th Line, Selwyn).
  • Debit ONLY - No cash transactions.
  • Be patient – you may need to wait in order to maintain social distancing measures.
  • Summer hours now in effect:
    •  Monday – closed
    • Tues – 9 – 5 pm
    • Wed. – 9 – 7 pm
    • Thurs. - 9 – 5 pm
    • Fri. - 9 – 5 pm
    • Sat. - 9 – 3 pm
  • Hazardous waste depot at the Smith Landfill will not open this summer – Pido Road is still open
  • No hard plastic collection and no environmental days will be available this summer.  

Municipal Recreation Facilities - email

  • All municipal recreational facilities (Lakefield-Smith Community Centre, Ennismore Community Centre, Bridgenorth Community Hall and Marshland Centre) are CLOSED until further notice.

Selwyn Public Libraries - email -

  • All Selwyn Public Library branches (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield) are CLOSED for ‘in-Library’ services.  Curb side service will commence on June 1st – stay tuned for more details.
  • Check the Library website - for on-line programming options. 

Planning - email -

  • Minor Variance Applications: Selwyn Township will resume accepting Minor Variance applications as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020. First Minor Variance meeting will be June 9, 2020.
  • Site Plan applications are also accepted.
  • Selwyn Township is NOT accepting new Zoning By-law Amendments applications at this time.
  • For more detailed information, visit: Building & Planning Department Update

Building - email -

  • The Selwyn Township Building Department is accepting permit applications electronically and conducting inspections on unoccupied buildings.
  • For more detailed information, visit: Building & Planning Department Update

Selwyn Municipal Office - email-

  • The Township office is helping customers through other methods as the Office is currently CLOSED to the public.  We are  operating with a reduced number of staff members.   
  • Emails can be sent to or a voicemail can be left at 705-292-9507. Emails and voicemails will be checked as soon as possible and will be returned in a priority sequence. 

Finance Department - email -

  • Council has authorized a number of financial supports for individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis:
    • Post-dated cheques for tax payments for the May 4th property tax instalment were held and not cashed until May 29, 2020.
    • Post-dated cheques received before March 27, 2020 for property tax payments were held for a period of 60 days from the date of the cheque before being cashed.
    • Automated withdrawals through the Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan between March 27 and May 31, 2020 have been suspended, unless contacted by the property owner.
    • Extension of Property Tax Interest Relief: The Township will not be charging interest and penalty on property tax arrears for April 1, 2020, May 1, 2020, June 1, 2020, July 1, 2020, and August 1, 2020. In addition, no penalties will be charged for non-payment of the May 4th and August 10th tax instalments. All legislated charges for penalties and interest will commence on September 1, 2020.
    • For more information on various tax payments methods, visit:

Dog Licencing - email -

  • Dog Licence fee will remain $15.00 until  August 31, 2020.
  • Payments can be dropped off in Municipal Office dropbox at 1310 Centre Line or mailed to Selwyn Township, P.O. Box 270, Bridgenorth, Ontario K0L 1H0 

Resources for Businesses - email

  • As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a list of business resources. Please share these resources with your network to help ensure that businesses are prepared to manage through this challenging time.
  • To see the list of resources, visit: Resources for Businesses.

Beaches - email -

  • Beaches are OPEN, however individuals must maintain a safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others and no gatherings of more than 5 people are permitted. Amenities located at the beach, such as playgrounds remain CLOSED

Parks and Trails - email -

  • Green spaces in parks and trails remain open for walkthrough access ONLY.
  • Individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. 

Outdoor Recreational Amenities - email -

  • By Provincial Order, the following  communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities including, but not limited to; playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment are CLOSED.
  • Skateboard park, sport fields, basketball and tennis courts/pickle ball, frisbee park, picnic areas, park shelters, bleachers, and benches may be used subject to physical distancing of 2 m (6 feet) being maintained, no team/league sports, no more than 5 people, and stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Trailer Parks

  • Seasonal Campgrounds are permitted to be open as of Saturday, May 16th for ONLY seasonal campers who have a full season contract and have electricity, water and sewage disposal services.  Seasonal trailer owners should check with their Trailer Park to see if it is OPEN (Campgrounds do not have to open).   
  • No transient camping is permitted. No communal amenities are permitted to be open e.g. washrooms, showers, recreational halls etc…
  • In addition all other Provincial Orders, e.g. no gatherings of more than 5 people, must be adhered to and other public health guidance must be followed, e.g. physical distancing, staying home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, hand hygiene, etc..  

Community Gardens

  • We are happy to share that resources for local community gardens to open during COVID-19 are now available! These resources apply to community gardens in Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the County and City of Peterborough. Find out more about the COVID-19 Update re Community Gardens

Township Boat Access Areas

  • Following the announcement by the Ontario Government, public boat access areas in Selwyn Township opened as of  Saturday, May 16th.
  • Physical distancing must still be followed. Please wait your turn in your vehicle; and if you have any #COVID19 related symptoms, return home, self-isolate and contact Peterborough Public Health.
  • The Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with our Townships are requesting boaters follow these recommendations and tips:
    • Contact marinas or storage facilities where your vessel is located in advance to ensure it is accessible and ready for use. Be patient as these businesses will need time to prepare your vessel.
    • Make sure your vessel has all the required safety equipment before launching. Any operator who is unsure of the equipment required for their vessel please view the Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide at
    • The Trent Severn Waterway is not expected to open until June 1, 2020 and water levels are very low for this time of year. This means that channel markers, hazard markers and buoys have not been properly placed after the winter. Use caution when operating your vessel even if you are familiar with the body of water you are on.
    • Do not consume any alcohol or drugs if you plan on operating a vessel. Any amount of alcohol or drugs can impact your ability to make sound judgements!
    • List of Township boat access areas
    • Trent-Severn Waterway - Starting June 1, 2020 the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system, with the exception of Swift Rapids lockstation. Open this link to read the details.


  • Local Police Services will be enforcing the Provincial Order. The public can report issues to the following non-emergency numbers.
    • Smith and Ennismore Wards – Peterborough County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) non-emergency number: 705-742-0401 or 1-888-310-1122.
    • Lakefield Ward - Peterborough Police Service non-emergency number: 705-876-1122.
    • Important - 911 is for emergencies only; reports of non-compliance related to the above are to be reported to the non-emergency numbers provided above.

Fire - email -

  • Open Air Burning
  • Small campfires are permitted except in built-up areas (e.g. Lakefield, Bridgenorth, Woodland Acres, Hamlets of Ennismore and Young’s Point and generally in subdivisions).
  • Brush Burning (except in built-up areas) is currently permitted provided that residents call the Fire Department at 705-292-7282 first. Residents must call during regular business hours (Mon – Fri) in advance of burning to obtain permission. Residents must provide their name, address, phone number & date you wish to burn.   Open Air burning is governed by By-law 2010-054 and those burning must comply with the provisions of the By-law.
  • Important - Open Air Burning can change at any time as conditions change.  Residents must verify the current conditions – call the Fire Department, check the website: ; follow us on social media to stay current:

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