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The Town of Goderich has put in place measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community. The situation is constantly being reassessed and any new information regarding impacts to municipal services will be provided here.


Enforcement of Provincial and Federal Orders

The Ontario Provincial (OPP) have the authority to uphold federal and provincial orders.

If you have concerns about an order violation, residents are encouraged to call the Ontario Provincial Police non-emergency line (1-888-310-1122). DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you need emergency service.

Please note, there may be some adjustment to all non-emergency services  administered by the OPP.
Mayor, Council and Internal Senior Management Team

The COVID-19 event continues to evolve rapidly.  Over the past two weeks, the Town’s Senior Management Team, in constant consultation with Mayor John Grace and Council, has been implementing measures to keep our community safe.  Some of our strategies include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily Senior Management Team meetings - The team includes Mayor Grace, the Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer, Director of Operations, Assistant Director of Operations, Clerk/Planning Coordinator and the Deputy Clerk/Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

  • Conference calls with the Huron County Warden and CAO, and the eight (8) other Huron County municipal partners - CAOs/Clerks/SMT members.

  • Weekly teleconference with Huron Perth Public Health.

  • Attendance of teleconference briefings (three times a week) with the Provincial Emergency Operations Control Centre (PEOC).

  • Frequent communication to Council members including activity reports and updates following the Town’s Pandemic and Emergency Plans.

  • Frequent public communications, website updates, Facebook posts regarding municipal service levels as well as recommended sources of information to follow (Huron Perth Public Health, Province of Ontario, Health Canada).

News Releases and Public Notices
A list of the news releases and public notices is provided below by date.
 March 31 - Local Love in a Global Crisis - Mayor John C. Grace
 Local Love in a Global Crisis - Mayor John C. Grace
March 30 - Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
 Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
March 28 - Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More than Five People with Strict Exceptions
 Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More than Five People with Strict Exceptions
March 28 - Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging
March 28, 2020 - Report price gouging related to COVID-19 to or by calling 1-800-889-9768 Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging
 March 28, 2020 - Grocery and Pharmaceutical Delivery Options
Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, if you are in need of groceries, pharmaceutical supplies or other services, please phone 211 or go visit
211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service, as well as programs and services in your community that may be helpful to you during these trying times.
211 exists to connect people to urgent needs and essential services. 211 is multilingual and operates 24/7, so please call or email if you are unable to access needed supplies or services.
 March 27, 2020 - Maitland Valley Health Team & Mayor John C. Grace live on the Staysh
 March 27, 2020 - Emergency Alert - Travellers Returning to Ontario
You are at high risk of spreading COVID-19.

You are required by by-law to self-isolate for 14 days.

DO NOT visit stores, family or friends.

Everyone should stay home to stop the spread.

Learn more at this website

March 27, 2020 - Message from Mayor John C. Grace 
Be patient, don’t panic when you are out shopping. Keep your distance ( 6 ft )! Please shop alone, don’t take your kids or elderly parents grocery shopping not even as couples or friends, shop alone and keep your distance. Please don’t panic buy, that is not cool at all, believe me they are NOT going to run out of food. Remember we are one community and we are all in this together. Help your neighbours, stay safe, stay strong and be positive.
 March 26, 2020 - Over 50 Ontario Children Thank Frontline Workers

During this difficult time, a 10 year old Goderich harpist, wrote a song, and then enlisted the help of over 50 other children to record messages of thanks to the frontline workers all over the world.

Here are two links: 

If you are unable to open them, you can go to The Hometown Harpist on Facebook, and it is the song tagged at the top.

 March 25, 2020 - Notice of Deferral of Town of Goderich Taxes
March 25, 2020 - NOTICE - Goderich Town Council at the Special Council meeting of March 25, 2020, have approved the deferral of penalty and interest charges on unpaid taxes to May 1, 2020.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on all aspects of life for property owners and their families in the Town of Goderich. The deferral of penalty and interest on unpaid taxes to May 1, 2020 provides a measure of relief in the face of the financial strain of business closures and employment layoffs due to the pandemic. This measure would meet the objective of providing relief in the short-term with any further measures to be considered as more information on the extent and term of the pandemic becomes known.

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 519-524-8344 or email

 March 25, 2020 - For Information re: Community Service for Goderich Residents
  please visit
March 25, 2020 - Special Council Meeting 
March 25, 2020 - Notice - there will be a Special Council meeting held on March 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the precautions the Town is working diligently to implement, the Town Hall remains closed, however the Council meeting will be available via live stream or for viewing following the meeting at and will be sent to Hurontel and Eastlink to post on their networks.
March 24, 2020 – Ontario Energy Board COVID-19 – Time of Use Pricing – 10.1 cents/kWh

The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the off-peak price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. The Government has indicated that it intends to keep the 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing in place for 45 days.


The 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing applies automatically – no customer action is required. Some customers may receive a bill before their utility or unit sub-meter provider is able to implement the price change, in which case they will receive a credit on the following bill.

For more information, read the Government’s news release at


Also visit, for the latest updates from the Ontario Energy Board on measures its taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 21, 2020 - Mayor John C. Grace Live on the Staysh
March 21, 2020 - All Playgrounds Closed
NOTICE - Due to the latest recommendation from Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, ALL playgrounds and other such structures inlcuding the skatepark, in the Town of Goderich are closed to the public until further notice.
 March 20, 2020 - Message from Mayor John C. Grace
March 20, 2020 - Message from Mayor John C. Grace

The health, well-being and safety of Town of Goderich citizens is our number one priority. Council has been proactive and is taking strong action and extra precautions to protect the public. We understand the feelings of uncertainty and worry during this time and are committed to keeping you up to date and informed as information becomes available.

Council is following the lead of the Huron Perth Public Health in the community effort to stop/slow down the spread of the COVID-19. Goderich Town Council has been proactive by moving swiftly and decisively and has closed all Town-owned facilities to the public. These include, the Town Hall, MacKay Centre for Seniors, the Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA), Memorial Arena, Tourist Office, Goderich Municipal Child Care Centre, EarlyOn Child and Family Centre, and all public washrooms.

All Town Council, Committee and Board meetings are cancelled at this time.

We encourage residents to visit the Huron Perth Public Health website at for information on COVID-19 including ways to help stop the spread, self assessment tools, proper hygiene protocols, daily updates and links to credible information on Ministry websites.

For operational questions on services provided by the Town of Goderich, please call 519-524-8344, visit our website at or visit the Town of Goderich Facebook page which is updated as information becomes available.

As Mayor, I can assure you that Goderich Town Council and staff are committed to continuing to act in a diligent manner to help support measures to decrease the spread and follow the recommendations of Huron Perth Public Health.

Town of Goderich at 519-524-8344 or Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133

Please stay home and flatten the curve. We are all in this together.

Our spokesperson is John C. Grace, Mayor 519-524-0779 or

Service Agency Contact Information

View the following Help List for contact information for local services and organizations

 Status of Municipal Services

Goderich Town Council and staff are committed to providing essential municipal services to our residents and businesses. All municipal departments are available by phone or email for inquiries. For a list of contacts, please visit our Contact Us page.

An update on the status of municipal services (both essential and suspended services) is provided below by department. Please note the following measures are in effect until April 6, 2020 or until further notice.

Administration and Licencing

The following essential services will continue:

  • Access and Privacy Administration – Note: there may be processing delays
  • By-Law enforcement and investigations
  • Cemetery – interment and sales
  • Council and Committee proceedings – see our Minutes and Agendas page for details
  • Vital statistics – burial permits
  • Telephone contact with Town Hall Administration staff

 The following services are temporarily suspended:

  • Animal licencing
  • Commissioning services
  • In-person payment for property tax
  • Issuance of new Lottery Licences
  • Marriage licences and marriage ceremonies
  • Taxi Licencing
  • Town Hall in-person service 
  • Mobile Canteen/Farmer’s Market licencing


 Building Department Services

Electronic submissions of complete building permit applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed by staff. However, site inspections performed by municipal staff will be restricted and evaluated on case-by-case basis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction projects with valid building permits shall contact the Chief Building Official to request on-site inspections a minimum of 48 hrs in advance of any required inspection.

Inspection will be performed on the following basis:

• The site must be vacant of all trades during the inspection 

• Inspections will only take place in open air environments

• No inspections will be performed for occupied buildings

It will be the responsibility of the site supervisor to ensure these provisions are in place and failure to do so will result in a failed inspection. Any decision not to conduct an inspection shall be at the discretion of the Town of Goderich Building Department

For more information, please contact the Building Department by emailing phone (519) 524-8344 Ext. 225.


 Childcare Centre

The Town of Goderich's municipal childcare centre is closed until further notice.

Emergency Services

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

The following essential services will continue:

  • All emergency services
  • Fire services will continue to respond to all emergency calls



For property tax payments please use one of the many alternative payment methods from our list with instructions for assistance. Goderich Town Council at their March 25, 2020 special meeting have approved the deferral of penalty and interest charges on unpaid taxes to May 1, 2020.

Garbage and Recycling Curbside Pick-Up

Normal curbside waste collection by Waste Management continues. Household recycling continues to be picked up by Bluewater Recycling Associaiton (BRA).

Mid-Huron Recycling Centre

The Mid-Huron Recycling Centre remains open. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday 8 AM - 1 PM. Last load will be accepted 30 minutes prior to closing.

Waterfront, Parks and Playgrounds

March 30, 2020

Pursuant to the Provincial Order, the Goderich Waterfront from Main Beach to Rotary Cove is closed to the general public until further notice.


Due to the March 20, 2020 recommendation from Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, ALL Town of Goderich playgrounds and other such structures including the skatepark are closed to the public until further notice.

Planning Development Services

The following essential services will continue:

  • Acceptance of planning applications
  • Acceptance of applications to the Committee of Adjustment
  • Letters of Conformity

Revised Procedure for Public Meeting due to COVID-19 Pandemic:

In light of the requirement for physical distancing in respose to the COVID-19 pandemic, persons wishing to participate in the planning process are strongly encouraged to send their comments, questions or concerns via email, by email or by telephone to the County Planner.


Victor Kloeze, Senior Planner

Huron County Planning & Development Department

519-524-8394 Ext. 3292



Roads continue to be maintained in full regulatory compliance.

The following essential services will continue:

  • 911 Addressing Applications
  • Entrance Applications
  • Grading
  • Municipal Drains
  • Pavement Patching
  • Sidewalk Maintenance
  • Sod Repairs
  • Stormwater Management
  • Street Sweeping
  • Traffic and Street Lights
  • Winter Control

To report an issue, please contact us at 519-524-8344 or by emailing Citizen Request Form.


Town-Owned Facility Closures

Goderich Town Hall, MacKay Centre for Seniors, YMCaA(Maitland Recreation Centre and Memorial Arena), Bannister Park, Dog Parks

Water Operations, Wastewater Treatment and Sewers

These services continue to be provided in full regulatory compliance.

The following services are temporarily suspended:

  • Entry into a customers' home or business for any water or sewer related service
  • All non-emergency water and sewer repairs

To report a water issue call 519-524-8344.


Yard Waste Depot (Public Works Yard at 361 Cambridge Street)

The Yard Waste Depot will open Monday, March 30, 2020. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8 AM - 4 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 12 Noon.


Note: Signage has been posted at the Yard Waste Depot that one (1) vehicle will be allowed in the yard at one time.


Acceptable items include:

  • Garden Waste
  • Grass
  • Twigs (less than 1 meter in length and 2 cm in diameter)
  • Spring and Fall yard cleanup
  • No Plastic, Garbage, Stumps, Trees or Branches


YMCA (Maitland Recreation Centre, Memorial Arena and Bannister Park)

All Goderich YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics operations have been closed to the public effective March 13, 2020, until further notice.


It is the YMCA's intention to provide a full fee credit for the duration of closure. The YMCA has various payment schedules in place for families. Refunds may be processed as either payment cancellations or retroactive refunds.


Real-time updates will be provided as they are available on the YMCA's websites ( and as well as relevant social media channels, and in the direct communications to specific stakeholder groups.


The YMCA is confident that as a unified community with a strong and clear focus on caring for each other we will endure, and when we re-open, the Y will be more imortant than ever. The Y will be ready to help build our strong communities, connect people when they will need it most, and offer programs and services to enable our communities to live healthy, active lives.


Goderich Business Information

Government Support Measures Increased

The provincial and federal governments have announced several support programs for business, including:


Can Your Business Assist During COVID-19?

The provincial government has launched a new web site, Ontario Together, outlining how businesses and organizations can help fight the coronavirus. It's looking for medical products such as ventilators, swabs, masks and eye protection, as well as ideas about:


  • virtual mental health services for people who are vulnerable or living in remote communities
  • supply chain resiliency monitoring
  • financial planning and advising for small businesses that can be delivered online at low-cost including advice about relief programs and how to apply


The federal government has also put out a call for supplies such as surgical masks, N5 masks, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, gowns ventilators and hand sanitizer. As well, it is looking for additional services in the areas of security, nursing, food services, laundry services, accommodation maintenance and IT support.


If your company or organization can help, please visit the government's Buy and Sell page.


Local Support During COVID-19

The Goderich BIA is closed to the public, but staff are working remotely to respond to emails and social media messages. The BIA can be contacted at 519-955-0375 or


On-Line Resources for Goderich Businesses



The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has published a Pandemic Resources Guide at, available for download.


The Ministry of Health offers up to date information about the coronavirus, including links to the Huron Perth Public Health Unit at and Telehealth Ontario at or 1-866-797-0000 

Helpful Resources

The Town of Goderich will continue to obtain information and updates from the Province of Ontario, Huron Perth Public Health Unit, Telehealth Ontario, the County of Huron, and other health agencies and will provide new information to residents when they become available. 

The following links provide useful information about COVID-19:



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Goderich Town Hall: 57 West Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5, Phone: 519-524-8344, Email:
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