This info is good to have as a quick snapshot as we wait until Feb 16th to see what the Province and the local Public Health Unit decide for us!

Today the Government of Ontario announced the extension of the Stay-at-Home Order and the enhanced provincewide restrictions (under O. Reg 82/20) in most areas of the province, including the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) area, until Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  The province has indicated the intension to “gradually transition each region from the current shutdown measures, to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.  The province will assess our local COVID-19 data trends and will decide which zone of restriction (Grey, Red, Orange, Yellow, or Green) our area will be moved back into on Feb 16, 2021. Please note there is the potential for areas to remain in the current Grey – Lockdown/Shutdown Zone, past Feb 16, 2021, depending on the local data trends.

When can I re-open?

Under the extension of the current Grey – Lockdown/Shutdown measures (under O. Reg 82/20), Personal Service Settings (PSSs) are to remain closed until at least Tues, Feb 16, 2021.  We do not yet know which zone of restrictionWDGPH will move back into on Feb 16, 2021.  The province will make this decision. Once this decision is made, we will update you as soon as possible. 

If you choose to do so, PSSs are permitted to operate as a general retail business only, subject to conditions. If open for retail business, personal care services continue to not be permitted at this time.

Please continue to monitor the Ontario News website and the Ontario Emergency Information website for updates and changes to any current restrictions in place.

For questions relating to COVID-19 in general, including face coverings, business or workplace concerns, physical distancing questions or non-emergency reporting, please call our Public Health COVID-19 Call Centre for non-health related questions at:

For information on COVID-19 testing or symptomatic employees, please call our Public Health COVID-19 Call Centre for health related questions at:

 If you have additional questions related to the operation of an inspected premise/facility, please contact a public health inspector at:

Please also be aware, our WDGPH Community Stakeholder COVID-10 Bulletins are posted on our website for your reference. These community bulletins contain a summary of current information and updates related to COVID-19.

Note: A flyer by a local resident has apparently recently been handed out to many homes in the South end and so this info below is provided to address that flyer and other concerns. In no way is this reflective of my own position on all or any development applications that may come forward but I thought it good for you to have this information so you can consider it in context of the growth happening in that area and how City policies are already in place to consider these applications and impacts to the area.

Tank you,

Mayor Cam

Development proposals are reviewed to ensure the proposed development and/or change in land use is consistent with the applicable provisions of the Provincial Policy Statement, conforms to the Official Plan, conforms to any Provincial Plans that are in effect, and provides an integrated approach to land use planning.

(In regards to flyer being handed out in the south end recently)… The City’s Official Plan identifies the Natural Heritage System and provides policies which protect natural features and areas for the long term. Development is not permitted within the Natural Heritage System, including minimum or established buffers. The two specific development applications referenced (1242-1260 Gordon Street and 220 Arkell Road) are not proposing development within the Natural Heritage System.

Development is being proposed adjacent to the Natural Heritage System and an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has been submitted for both development applications. A Terms of Reference for the EIS was reviewed and approved by City staff and the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). The purpose of the Environmental Impact Study is to assess potential impacts of the proposed activities, and recommend appropriate setbacks (i.e., established buffers) from the natural heritage feature or areas within the adjacent lands, to ensure no negative impacts. Minimum buffers are identified to prevent damage and degradation to the natural heritage features and areas that are part of the Natural Heritage System. These documents are currently under review and no decisions have been made on either application.

All supporting documents submitted with development applications are available online here:

https://guelph.ca/city-hall/planning-and-development/current-development-applications/

Hi folks! Today I travelled to the new COVID assessment centre on Southgate to thank our frontline workers and to see how things were running.

It’s important to note that the city doesn’t operate this place as it’s healthcare and done through the Province, but I wanted to see the new place first hand.

Our frontline workers are great! Always remember to be kind to them and to each other. Heck, get to know the people behind you in line and see how they’re doing! Let’s be looking out for each other! That’s what makes Guelph so great! (Six feet apart of course.)

I’ve been getting some calls And emails that have to do with the schools, children/students coming to the assessment centre and lineups, along with the amount of time it takes for results to come back. Again, a reminder that the city doesn’t oversee anything to do with education either. That’s the school boards or your local school trustees that you’ll need to contact for those questions.

As I said above though, it doesn’t matter if things aren’t under my control or that they aren’t things I directly oversee. It’s good for me to hear about what’s happening in our city and it allows me to reach out And advocate on these issues for you.

Take care everyone! Contact Public Health for more info: www.wdgpublichealth.ca

Mayor Cam