The Township of Selwyn is taking action
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

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 AM, the provincial government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise , or for work that cannot be done remotely.

As Ontario's health care capacity is threatened, the Stay-at-Home order, and other new and existing public health and workplace safety measures will work to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives.

The Township continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation through Peterborough Public Health (PPH), who is working closely with local, provincial and federal partners to manage and respond effectively.

COVID-19 Vaccine
 Online Booking Information

Appointments are now available for people who were born in 1951 or before.

  • Book an appointment online.
    • To book online, you are required to have an Ontario health card with photo ID. Expired health cards are valid.
  • If you cannot book online, call 249-494-5631 for assistance with booking. Note: this line is staffed Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You will not be able to leave a voice mail. If the line is busy, please hang on or hang up and call back at another time.
    • Before you call, please be ready to provide your name, date of birth, availability for the first and second dose appointment, and Ontario health card number.

If you are having issues with the booking system or have general COVID-19 vaccine questions, contact the Ministry of Health at 1-888-999-6488.

 "Notify Me" Campaign

Peterborough Public Health has launched its "Notify Me" campaign today to make it easier for residents to find out when they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

All residents need to do is visit the Peterborough Public Health website to sign up with their email address and indicate which group(s) they want to be notified about. When local clinics and healthcare providers are ready to serve that group in the coming weeks, Peterborough Public Health will send an email to those on the mailing list explaining how to book a vaccination appointment.

Selwyn Municipal Office
  • The Selwyn Municipal office is CLOSED to the public for walk-in services during the Provincial Stay at Home period. 
  • Staff will be at the Office to help customers by phone or e-mail. Please call the Municipal Office at 705-292-9507 and use the staff directory for a list of extensions. To reach the general mailbox, call 705-292-9507 ext. 210.
  • Customers can pay their taxes through various online methods. Taxes and other payments can also be dropped off in our black drop-box at the Selwyn Municipal Office. 

For more information, please email

Township Office Phone Lines
  • If you know the extension of the staff member, dial it at any time or visit the staff directory for a list of extensions.
  • If you need the extension of a staff member - dial 411
  • If you have a question about property taxes or for the Finance Department - dial 213 or 228
  • If you have a question for the Building Department - dial 214
  • If you have a question about the Landfill or for the Public Works Department - dial 236
  • If you have a planning question - dial 220
  • For all other inquiries - dial 210
Council Meetings 
  • Council meetings are being conducted virtually through Zoom until further notice. If you wish to "attend" Council meeting, please email the Clerk.
  • Meetings are also livestreamed and the recordings are uploaded to the website. Visit Selwyn Township's YouTube Channel to watch a live meeting.
Landfill and Garbage Collection
  • Curbside 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.  

For more information, please email

  • The Smith Landfill (1480 County Road 18) remains OPEN during the Provincewide Stay-at-Home period and is operating on winter hours until Victoria Day weekend:
    • Monday: CLOSED
    • Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Everyone to ensure that physical distancing is maintained (2 metres/6 feet apart) to keep the public and staff safe.
  • Brush is accepted.
  • Debit preferred or exact change only. (The Smith Landfill does not accept $100 bills)
  • Be patient – you may need to wait in order to maintain physical distancing measures.

Note: Pido Road Hazardous Waste Depot is open

Municipal Recreation Facilities
  • All indoor recreation facilities are CLOSED (e.g. Community Centres, Bridgenorth Community Hall, Marshland Centre, etc.)
  • Outdoor recreation facilities, such as parks, trails, playgrounds, skate park, sports courts and outdoor fitness equipment are OPEN.
  • Boat Access areas are OPEN
  • Practice physical distancing, wear a mask and stay home if not feeling well. 

For more information, please email

Selwyn Public Library 
  • All Selwyn Public Library branches (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield) are CLOSED for 'in-Library' services until further notice - curbside service will be available. 

Visit the Library website for more details.

Building & Planning Department
  • Selwyn Township Building & Planning Department is accepting Building Permit applications online using Cloudpermit or via the secure grey drop box in front of the Municipal Office. 
  • The Department is also accepting Minor Variance applications, Site Plan applications and applications for Zoning By-law Amendments, which can also be dropped off in the Township’s secure grey drop box in front of the municipal office.
  • If you require an in-person meeting, please contact the Building & Planning Department directly to book an appointment at 705-292-9507 ext. 214.

For more information, visit: Building & Planning Department Update or email

Finance Department
  • Payment methods include online/telephone banking or cheque payment in the Township’s secure black drop box in front of the municipal office. Payments can also be made using Virtual Town Hall (VTH).
  • If you require an in-person meeting, please contact the Finance Department directly to book an appointment at 705-292-9507 ext. 213 or 228.

For more information, please email

Fire Department

Currently, there is NO Burn Ban (Fire Ban) in effect. However, the Selwyn Fire Department is asking that campfires be avoided.

Burning brush is NOT permitted at this time.

  • The Bridgenorth Fire Hall and Administrative Office remains CLOSED to the public. Services are available by calling 705-292-7282 or emailing
Income Supports for Individuals

Enhanced Employment Insurance:

  • Minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% applies to all regions across Canada
    • if your region’s unemployment rate is higher than 13.1%, we’ll use the higher actual rate to calculate your benefits
  • You only need 120 insured hours to qualify for benefits because you’ll get a one-time credit of 300 insured hours to help you meet the required 420 insured hours of work
  • You’ll receive at least $500 per week before taxes, but you could receive more
  • You’ll be eligible for up to 50 weeks of regular benefits

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB):

  • The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 38 weeks for workers who:
    • are not employed or self-employed for reasons related to COVID-19 or have had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19
    • are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB):

  • The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of four weeks, for workers who:
    • are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
    • are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
    • have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB):

  • The CRCB provides $500 a week for up to 38 weeks per household for workers:
    • unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or
    • because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19.
Business Resources
  • For a list of businesses that are open to help you through COVID-19, visit the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism website.

  • 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.
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