COVID-19 Service Updates and Facility Closures

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, Northumberland County continues to take numerous precautions across our operations to prevent the spread of this virus. Our utmost concern is preserving the health and well-being of our residents and staff.  We encourage residents to postpone non-essential visits to our facilities. Consider instead contacting our staff by phone, or viewing our list of forms, applications and permits that can be completed online.

For residents attending a County facility, please note that visitors are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. This requirement is in alignment with the order issued by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPRDU), and includes the exemptions specified by the Health Unit.  Learn more.

All County services not listed below continue to operate as usual. As this situation evolves, cancellations and closures may continue to be implemented. Please continue to monitor this page and the official County Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Program and service updates - as of April 15, 2021

Commissioner of Oaths

Commissioner of Oaths services are available at County Headquarters at 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg. Please email the County Clerk ahead of time or call 905-372-3329 ext. 2238 or ext. 2259 to ensure that a Commissioner is available.

Learn more about commissioning of documents. 

Community & Social Services 

The Community & Social Services team remains committed to supporting all tenants and clients as we navigate these stressful and changing times.

The Community and Social Services department remains open but encourages all non-emergency needs to be addressed using phone, email or text. If you are unsure how to contact your caseworker directly, please call our reception at 905-372-6846 or 1-800-354-7051.

Our document drop-box remains available 24-hours a day outside of the main doors at 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office.

Community Services

Walk-in services, including intakes and appointments, are available however we encourage you to phone or email for information wherever feasible. Scheduling meetings in advance is encouraged.

Staff are happy to speak with you by phone or by email. You can also text us at 289-274-4323 for further information.

We are not able to visit you in the community (at your home, or the hubs) during this time. We will update this information as it changes.

EarlyON Child & Family Centres

All EarlyON Centres will be closed and in-person programming postponed during the Provincewide Shutdown. 

Virtual Programming during COVID-19

In response to the closure of EarlyON Child and Family Centres during COVID-19, Northumberland EarlyON educators have developed fun and engaging programs and activities for families to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their home. Check the Northumberland EarlyON Centres Facebook page for updates.

Connect with us

Our EarlyON educators are here support you and your family. We encourage you to check in with your local EarlyON educator by messaging them on Facebook or contacting them by email. Our educators look forward to connecting with you!

Emergency School-Age Child Care for Essential Frontline Workers

On Monday, April 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the April break on April 19, 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19. Private schools operating in-person the week of April 12th are to transition to remote learning by April 15, 2021. Data will be assessed on an ongoing basis and health officials will be consulted to determine when it will be safe to resume in-person learning.

During the period when schools are operating virtually, child care for non-school aged children will remain open, before and after school programs will be closed and free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be provided.

While Northumberland County is working closely with local child care providers, health partners and the provincial government to protect the health and safety of children, parents and staff engaged with this service, the safest option for children is to remain at home, whenever possible.

Licensed centres or homes approved to operate emergency care will be open with limited school-age spaces to facilitate health and safety measures. As these spaces are limited, the County may have to prioritize care based on the occupation and type of care required, in alignment with provincial criteria. 

Following the directive of the Government of Ontario, Northumberland County is coordinating with local child care providers to offer targeted Emergency Child Care Services for school-age children to eligible health care and other frontline workers at no cost, beginning April 19, 2021.

A list of approved professions for emergency child care is available on the Province’s website. Please note this list is subject to changes that may affect eligibility of services.

To apply for Emergency School-Age Child Care starting April 19th, residents are invited to complete an application.

Golden Plough Lodge Long-Term Care Home

On April 6, 2021, a COVID-19 outbreak at the Golden Plough Lodge - initially declared on March 31, 2021, following confirmation of a positive test result in one staff member - was declared over. The single staff case resolved with no transmission to residents or other staff.

As of March 4, 2021, all consenting residents of the Golden Plough Lodge have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and all consenting staff have received their first round of vaccinations. 

As the Province is currently under heightened restrictions, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has instructed that homes follow the COVID-19 Provincial Response Framework. As such, the GPL will continue to restrict all general visitors, and there will be no short stay absences. One Essential Caregiver per resident is permitted at this time. These individuals are no longer required to demonstrate proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR swab, as Rapid Antigen swabbing will be done onsite.

Housing Services

All rent payments should be made wherever possible by cheque or direct deposit. Please connect with your caseworker to learn more about your options to pay rent.

Applications and annual renewals for housing should be completed by mail, fax or email wherever possible.

Northumberland County Archives & Museum

NCAM has been closed to the public. Research assistance for all public and municipal staff can continue to be requested via online form available at Northumberland.ca/Archives, by email, or by phone at 1-800-354-7050 ext. 2242.

Northumberland County Forest

All trails in the Northumberland County Forest remain open to the public for non-motorized activity. Snowmobiling is not currently permitted in the Forest.

Please note that washroom facilities in the County Forest remain closed at this time to ensure the safety of users and staff.

As a continued precaution to protect resident health and safety, please ensure you practice physical distancing when using forest trails, keeping a distance of 6 feet between you and other trail users, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

Ontario Works

Walk-in services including intakes are provided on a limited basis. Clients are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by phone (1-800-354-7051) or text (289-274-7869). Appointments will take place by phone wherever feasible.

  • Apply for Ontario Works online
  • Apply for Ontario Works by phone: call the provincial Intake and Benefits Administration Unit  to complete your application by phone. This service is available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday by calling 1-888-999-1142.  This process takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • Already in receipt of OW? Check your payment and file status through the Interactive Voice Response Line: 1-800-808-2268 (you will need your member ID number and PIN – if you aren’t set up for the IVR, you will need to contact your caseworker to activate)
  • Already in receipt of OW? Access information about your file and report changes to income, address, phone number online (you will need your Member ID number and a valid email address that you have confirmed with your caseworker in order to register)
  • To connect with your caseworker, call our office at 1-800-354-7051. You can also reach your caseworker by text at 289-274-7869. (Note: if you have not contacted your worker by text before, please identify your caseworker’s name and/or your name).
Provincial Offences Act matters (eg: traffic tickets)

The Ministry of the Attorney General has notified the public of changes to Provincial Offences Act (POA) proceedings in Ontario.

Notification of rescheduled court dates

All in-person Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from March 16, 2020 through to and including March 5, 2021 are being adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, please do not attend court. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario.

Beginning January 25, 2021 in Northumberland County we will begin scheduling remote proceedings to occur through Zoom technology using telephone, audio and video means. A notice of your new court date, including notice of any such remote proceedings, will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of cases being rescheduled, we are unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries to confirm court dates, at this time. Please await the mailed notice and refer to this for your new court date.

To update your mailing address with Northumberland County POA Court Services, contact our office by accessing the information listed under the Tickets/Court Services section of our Contact Us page. 

If you need to speak with the Prosecutor or request a trial in relation to a ticket you have received, please select and sign option 3 on the ticket that you received from the officer and mail or email the completed notice to our office at the address indicated on the ticket or the email address provided. If you choose to email the notice, please scan both sides of the ticket to be included with your email.   

Tickets, fines and applications to the court

Administrative offices for POA matters in Northumberland, located at 860 William Street, Cobourg, have been closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. However, POA staff continue to provide administrative services such as processing of tickets, fines, and applications to the court.

Residents can connect with staff about these matters in the following ways:

General Inquiry

Phone: 905-372-3329 ext. 5300

Fax: 905-372-6529

Accessibility Inquiry

Phone: 905-372-3329 x5293

Fax: 905-372-6529

Email us

Residents are encouraged to pay tickets online, and to access online forms, by visiting Northumberland.ca/POA

860 William Street does remain accessible for other Ministry of the Attorney General/Ontario Court of Justice processes. Please note, all visitors are screened at the front entrance prior to being admitted access to the facility. 

Provincial Offences Act staff remain committed to providing a response to public inquiries within 48 hours of receipt or your message, whether by telephone or email.

Shelter for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Shelter services for individuals experiencing homelessness are provided by Transition House shelter, located at 10 Chapel Street, Cobourg.

Learn more about emergency shelter services for those experiencing homelessness in Northumberland.

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland
All in-person workshops and seminars have been postponed or transitioned to online, and client consultations are currently taking place by phone. The Factory (co-working space) is currently closed. Distribution of small business information, resources, tools and templates are available by calling 1-800-354-7050 ext. 6222, or by visiting becn.ca.
Waste Operations

Weekly curbside collection continues as scheduled. The County encourages residents to make use of curbside services to dispose of their day-to-day waste, recyclables and green bin materials. 

Bag tag requirements

The requirement to place a bag tag on each bag of garbage set out for collection remains in place.

Requiring residents to partially pay for their garbage collection through a user fee system is an important part of waste diversion practices. User fees minimize the amount of garbage residents place out for collection by creating a financial incentive for people to participate in recycling, green bin, and leaf and yard waste collection programs, where there are no fees. This is essential for our community, as we seek to divert over 75% of residential waste in order to extend the life of the Brighton Landfill – our community’s only remaining active landfill – by an additional 4 to 5 years, until the year 2034/35.

Bag tags available for purchase online

In order to increase availability of online services and further promote physical distancing, Northumberland County has launched an online service for residents to purchase bag tags directly through the County website for home delivery. This service is available on a trial basis as the County assesses resident interest and uptake.  

Landfill and transfer stations (Community Recycling Centres)

All CRCs remain open during their regular days and hours of operation.

Restrictions remain in place at all CRCs to protect the health and safety of staff and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a requirement for physical distancing at all times, this includes:

  • Limiting payment methods to debit and credit only
  • Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted during specific hours at the Bewdley and Brighton CRCs
  • As an additional precautionary measure in alignment with the transition to lockdown, as of December 29th all visitors to the CRCs are asked to wear a mask at any point when they are outside of their vehicle. 

Safe waste disposal

All household garbage must be in bags. Loose garbage in cans will not be collected. Please remember to put used masks, gloves, wipes, other types of medical waste and Kleenex in the garbage, not recycling.

Kitchen waste must be in a certified compostable bag, tied, in the green bin.

Household hazardous waste

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is now accepted at ourBewdley and Brighton Community Recycling Centres (CRC)during the following hours:

Bewdley CRC:

Tuesday and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Brighton CRC:

Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Seymour and Cobourg HHW depots will remain closed for the remainder of 2020.

Driver safety

Please practice social distancing around waste collection staff. While we know you may want to show your appreciation for the necessary and hard work they continue to do, please do so by giving the a wave or a smile, from at least six feet away.

County Council and Committee meetings 

In order to limit public gatherings as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, Northumberland County Council and Committee meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice. Residents can tune into Council and Committee proceedings online via the County's YouTube channel

Council and Committee meeting agendas and minutes for each meeting are available on our Council page.

County facility closures and access restrictions

600 William Street, Cobourg - closed to the public
Administrative offices at this location include Economic Development, Tourism, Land-use Planning and Inspection services, Settlement Services, the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre, and Major Projects. Staff continue to operate from this location and are providing modified services.  
Golden Plough Lodge - visitor restrictions

On April 6, 2021, a COVID-19 outbreak at the Golden Plough Lodge - initially declared on March 31, 2021, following confirmation of a positive test result in one staff member - was declared over. The single staff case resolved with no transmission to residents or other staff.

As the Province is currently under heightened restrictions, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has instructed that homes follow the COVID-19 Provincial Response Framework. As such, the GPL will continue to restrict all general visitors, and there will be no short stay absences. One Essential Caregiver per resident is permitted at this time. These individuals are no longer required to demonstrate proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR swab, as Rapid Antigen swabbing will be done onsite.

Landfill and waste transfer stations (Community Recycling Centres) - some restrictions

All CRCs remain open during their regular days and hours of operation.

Restrictions remain in place at all CRCs to protect the health and safety of staff and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a requirement for physical distancing at all times, this includes:

  • As an additional precautionary measure in alignment with the transition to lockdown, as of December 29th all visitors to the CRCs are asked to wear a mask at any point when they are outside of their vehicle. 
  • Limiting payment methods to debit and credit only
  • Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted during specific hours at the Bewdley and Brighton CRCs.
Material Recovery Facility - closed to the public

The Material Recovery Facility at 280 Edwardson Road, Grafton is closed to the public. Recycling operations continue at full capacity.

Provincial Offences offices - closed to the public

Administrative offices for Provincial Offences Act (POA) matters in Northumberland, located at 860 William Street, Cobourg, have been closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. However, POA staff continue to provide administrative services such as processing of tickets, fines, and applications to the court.

860 William Street does remain accessible for other Ministry of the Attorney General/Ontario Court of Justice processes. Please note, all visitors are screened at the front entrance prior to being admitted access to the facility.

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