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

The province remains in ‘Step 3’ of the ‘Roadmap to Reopening’. The Roadmap to Reopening is a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. The plan is based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

Under Step 3 of the Roadmap, the rules and public health measures under Order 364/20 must be followed.

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

Before booking an appointment, please check the Peterborough Public Health website to determine whether you fall into a group that is currently eligible to book an appointment in Peterborough region.

  • 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 1-833-943-3900 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.

Selwyn Municipal Office
  • The Selwyn Municipal Office is OPEN to the public, with health & safety restrictions in place. If your business does not require a visit to the Office, we encourage you to please continue to conduct your business by phone or email. 
  • Staff are available to help customers by phone at 705-292-9507or email at A complete Staff Directory is available on the Township website 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 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) is now operating on winter hours until Victoria Day Weekend
    • Sunday: Closed
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Thursday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • 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. Exact change appreciated for minimum load values. (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

Recreation Facilities & Amenities
  • Public Skating
    • Due to the number of COVID-19 restrictions in place, weekend public skating in Lakefield and Ennismore will not be scheduled for the foreseeable future.
    • We are working on plans to offer weekday Parent & Tot Skating and Seniors Skating pending staff capacity - stay tuned!
  • Arenas
    • No limit on spectator access to arenas, however, user groups must verify vaccination status for anyone 12 years of age or older, and conduct active health screening and contact tracing.
  • Indoor and Outdoor recreational activities are available during this step for all renters/organizations as long as they are compliant with all Provincial COVID Reopening requirements.

  • Outdoor sports activities (no personal contact is allowed). Sports or games must be modified to ensure no contact), fitness classes and personal training up to maximum of 75% capacity of the rental space.

  • Team sports may be practiced or played at the outdoor amenity, with the requirement of having less than 75% of the facility capacity and 5 or less spectators per participants – if physical distancing of at least 2 metres is possible to maintain. 

  • Indoor sports activities (no personal contact is allowed with sports or games to be modified to ensure no contact), fitness classes and personal training up to maximum of 50% capacity of the rental space.

  • Team sports may be practiced or played at the indoor amenity, with the requirement of having less than 50% of the facility capacity and 50% capacity in all spectator areas. Indoor spectator sections will have signs posting the 50% capacity limit for each area.

  • Masks or face coverings are highly recommended on paths leading to parking lots, fields, and other park amenities.

  • Hand sanitization upon accessing the outdoor facility is highly recommended.

For more information, please email

Selwyn Public Library 
  • All Selwyn Public Library branches (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield) are OPEN for 'in-Library' services. Curbside service is also still available. 

Visit the Library website for more details.

Building & Planning Department
  • The 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 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 ext. 228.

For more information, please email

Fire Department

There is No Burn Ban (Fire Ban) in effect.

Residents can stay current on condition changes by checking here and/or following us on:

  • The Bridgenorth Fire Hall and Administrative Office remains CLOSED to the public.
  • The Selwyn Fire Department is now issuing Open Air Burning Permits and selling Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms from the front entrance to the Administrative Office in Bridgenorth (payable by cash or cheque only).
  • Services are available by calling 705-292-7282 or emailing
Business Resources

Local Police Services will be enforcing the Provincial Order. The public can report non-compliance 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! 

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