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

In response to recent trends that show an alarming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. These time-limited measures will help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the province continues to accelerate its booster dose rollout.  Measures are in effect Wednesday January 5th, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.  

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.   

Vaccination Updates
Walk-in/Pop-up Vaccine Clinics

Starting Monday, December 20, 2021, individuals aged 18 and over will be eligible to schedule their booster dose appointment. Appointments will be booked three months (84 days) after a second dose as the province urgently expands booster eligibility to millions more individuals.

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) continues to plan walk-in clinics throughout the community. Please visit their website for updates.

Proof of Vaccination

Effective January 4, 2022, the use of the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app will be required where proof of vaccination is required. Download by visiting, or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your vaccine certificate mailed.

More information about proof of vaccination requirements is available on the Peterborough Public Health website

Residents coming to the Township Office to pay a bill or seek information do not require proof of vaccination. If you are using a Township facility, either for a private rental or a rental for an organized sporting group, proof of vaccination is required.

COVID-19 Testing

Not sure whether you require a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test? Visit the Peterborough Public Health website for assistance.

PCR Testing Locations

Bring your Ontario Health Card to any appointment to ensure test results are available online

  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre
    1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough
    8:00am – 4:00pm seven days a week
    By appointment only
    • If you have moderate COVID-19 symptoms and require a physician assessment, please call 705-876-5086 to book an appointment.
    • If you are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms that do not require a physician assessment, please book online here:
  • Pharmacy Test Locations
    Some Pharmacy locations in Peterborough are offering PCR testing. Learn more about available locations in Ontario and Peterborough region.


Rapid Antigen Testing Locations
  • Rapid Antigen Testing Kits are available for workplaces to use as surveillance for employees. Learn more here.
  • Free rapid antigen tests for the public are being rolled out through Ontario Health and will be distributed at various locations. People without symptoms of COVID-19 or people who have not had recent exposure to someone with COVID-19 will be able to pick up a free test from a pop-up site, while supplies last, or get a free test performed on-site.
Township Office
  • The Township 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. 
  • Residents coming to the Township Office do not require proof of vaccination. If you are using a Township facility, either for a private rental or a rental for an organized sporting group, proof of vaccination is required.
  • Staff are available to help customers by phone at 705-292-9507 or email at A complete Staff Directory is available on the Township website for a list of extensions.
  • 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

Council and Committee Meetings
Council and Committee meetings for the month of January will be held virtually. Visit the Council and Committee Meetings Calendar for the schedule.
Building Inspections (Update: January 3, 2022)

Inspections will only be performed on vacant buildings. All construction workers and building inhabitants are to leave the building for the duration of the building inspection and not have any contact with the inspector.

In addition to the safety measures noted above, inspections for existing building renovations or new additions to existing buildings will require confirmation that no persons currently working or inhabiting the building have any COVID symptoms or illness. The outcome of the inspection will be provided digitally at the conclusion of the inspection.

Recreation Facilities & Amenities

As of 12:01 AM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, recreation facilities are CLOSED for at least 21 days (January 26, 2022).  All rentals for this time period have been CANCELLED

For more information, please email

Selwyn Public Library

The Selwyn Public Library branches remain OPEN to the public and will be operating with reduced hours and will be limited to 50% capacity until further notice. Visit the Selwyn Public Library website for updated hours of operation.

Fire Department
  • 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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