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Covid-19

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 Police (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.

Municipal Enforcement Orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act - PowerPoint Presentation

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.

 

 May 29, 2020 - Farmers' Market Update

AS WE CROSS OUR T’S AND DOT OUR I’S IN PREPARATION FOR OPENING THE
GODERICH BIA FARMERS’ MARKET THIS SUMMER;
Visitor and vendor safety are at the core of our philosophy.
It’s not business as usual for farmers’ markets this year.
Only food can be offered for sale and social interaction must be limited to maintain social distancing.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS:
Practice physical distancing by keeping 6 feet or 2 meters between
yourself and others.
Stay home if you are feeling unwell
Pre order online so that your visit is as brief as possible
Go to www.goderichbia.ca farmers market page for links to local vendors
If you are paying with cash when possible bring the exact amount of your purchase in an envelope. The
vendor will receive the envelope in a cash transfer basket
YOU ARE WELCOME AT THE GODERICH BIA FARMERS’ MARKET IF YOU:
• Have no symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath)
• Have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
• Have not been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID- 19
WHERE TO FIND MARKET VENDORS THIS SEASON
A Mini Market off South Street
A Mini Market on Montreal Street
At mini market curb side corner(s) on The Square
VISITOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GODERICH MARKET
Only Food is offered for sale
Stands are spaced out
Customer circulation will be monitored and controlled
There is no sampling of food
Customer supplied containers are not allowed
There is no communal seating or eating
Food products are packaged in single use boxes or bags
Hand washing or sanitizing facilities will be available
CHECK THE GODERICH SIGNAL STAR NEXT WEEK FOR A CONFIRMED OPENING DATE
AND A MARKET MAP TO USE AS YOUR GUIDE TO FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE.
Goderich BIA appreciate the support of Municipal Council, and the Town of Goderich.
Public Safety Protocols for the Goderich Farmers’ Market have been developed in consultation with public
health officials and will be reviewed and adapted in consultation with the Huron Perth Health Unit.
Operational requirements for the market are made in consultation with the Huron Perth Health Unit, Farmers’
Market Ontario, Sustain Ontario and regulated under Provincial guidelines.
Thank you for supporting our market and Ontario farmers.
See you soon.
Susan Carradine 519-955-0375
BIA Manager
On behalf of the Downtown Goderich BIA Board and Businesses.

May 27, 2020

The United Way’s goal is to not only build resiliency amongst non-profit and charities in Huron Perth, but to thrive in response to COVID-19.  The survey is only open til June 19.2020 Survey Image

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh1fqtmgk930bmev/a016vkapp6ug5/questions

 
May 14 - Government’s Plan to Reopen the Economy - May 19 - Comprehensive List
Please view the Comprehensive List for details.
May 7 - Local medical student Rachel Peet creates effective storytelling initiative for children to understand Covid-19 with support from Dr. Treasurywala.
https://www.facebook.com/thestaysh/videos/2613668475405022/
May 6 - Attention Local Cottagers and Day-trippers

To all the local Goderich area Cottagers and Day-trippers we ask that you please do NOT travel to Goderich while the Provincial Emergency for COVID-19 is in place. We discourage any non-emergency travelling into the community.

Our Beaches and Waterfront are closed to the public until further notice.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and practice Social distancing at all times. Stop the Spread of COVID - 19. Let’s do it together and play our part on ......CANADA ‘S National Team.

Thank you  Mayor John Grace  

May 6 - Garage/Yard Sales Are Discouraged Until Further Notice

Due to Provincial Orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Goderich discourages all residents on operating garage and yard sales in the Town until further notice.  Residents need to continue honouring social distancing practice to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you.

May 1 - Children's Mental Health Week 2020
 
Please view CMH Week 2020 for the updated plans for Children's Mental Health week. This has been a collaborative effort and there are so many positive ways for people to connect in on the issue of mental health at this time in our history.

Thanks to the following organizations who are SEA Charter Members for their willingness to co-sponsor these events:

  • Huron Perth Child & Youth Network
  • Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth
  • Avon Maitland District School Board
  • Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
  • Choices for Change
  • Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team
  • LHIN Mental Health & Addiction Nurses
  • Huron Respite Network

May 1 - Ontario Allows Certain Businesses, Workplaces to Reopen May 4

https://globalnews.ca/news/6893347/some-ontario-businesses-workplaces-reopen-may-4-coronavirus/?utm_source=notification/

April 30 - United Way’s Urgent Needs Fund Expands to Help Individuals Directly


Stratford, ON — Having already funded over a dozen programs through their COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund to help organizations and the people they serve during the pandemic, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is making funds available through Social Services in Perth and Huron Counties to individuals and families in need.
“COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis and many people are struggling to cope, particularly our most vulnerable,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Organizations are doing incredible work across Perth and Huron but sometimes needs fall outside existing programs and that is where the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals comes in. It’s important for us to put our arms around everyone in the community and help them get through this.”
UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals is administered by the City of Stratford Social Services Department on behalf of Perth County and the Huron County Social & Property Services Department on behalf of Huron County. People looking for help, whether paying a bill or buying groceries to get them through the week, are encouraged to visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca and download an application form. Huron residents can also find application forms at huroncounty.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Urgent-Needs-Fund-Application-Individuals.pdf.
 In Perth County, submit applications via email to rbrown@stratford.ca, or drop off or mail to Social Services, 1st floor, 82 Erie Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 2M4
 In Huron County submit applications via email to owteam501@huroncounty.ca or drop off or mail to Huron County Social and Property Services, 77722D London Road, RR 5, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0
If someone is unable to submit their application by email or postal mail, call Social Services directly at 519-271-3773 x 277 in Perth or 519-482-8505 x 4501 in Huron. Mail applications may be slower due to possible mail processing delays. Funding is limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis provided eligibility criteria is met. Applications open Monday, May 4.
“We’re happy to be partnering with UWPH to help citizens get the help they need,” said Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson. “We want to ensure everyone is supported through this pandemic.”
“This is an extraordinary time requiring innovative solutions,” added Huron County Warden Jim Ginn. “Huron County has been working hard to help residents in need and this partnership with UWPH is an added layer of support for individuals and families.”
To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, go to give.unitedway.ca/donate/WSTRAT-UWPH or call the United Way offices at (519) 271-7730 between the hours of 8:30 am and noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
About United Way Perth-Huron UWPH is a 100% local organization working to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and mental health in our communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 39,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To show your #LocalLove by donating or volunteering, call 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca
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For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, contact (519) 276-0097 or email info@perthhuron.unitedway.ca

April 17 - Testing/Collection Centre at Knights of Columbus - Goderich

April 8 – Stay Home Stay Safe To Protect Yourself and Others this Passover & Easter

April 8  - Boat Launches Are Closed to the Public

Pursuant to the Provincial Order, Fisherman’s Wharf and Snug Harbour boat launches are closed to the public until further notice.

April 3 -  Ontario Provides Full Transparency by Releasing COVID-19 Modelling 

COVID-19 modelling

modelling update with the figures Dr. Donnelly quoted

April 3 - Ontario Revised its List of Essential Services

https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
 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 https://www.ontario.ca/form/report-price-gouging-related-covid-19 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 211ontario.ca.
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
 https://www.facebook.com/thestaysh/videos/2635168220086133/
 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 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

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 Penalty & Interest on 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 townhall@goderich.ca

 March 25, 2020 - For Information re: Community Service for Goderich Residents
  please visit https://www.huroncounty.ca/ontario-works/income-support/community-resources/
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 www.goderich.ca 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 https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-providing-electricity-relief-to-families-small-businesses-and-farms-during-covid-19.html

 

Also visit https://.oeb.ca/newsroom/2020/oeb-covid-19-update, 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 
https://www.facebook.com/129079457577826/posts/832721940546904?d=n&sfns=mo
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 www.hpph.ca 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 www.goderich.ca 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 townhall@goderich.ca Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 www.hpph.ca

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

Our spokesperson is John C. Grace, Mayor 519-524-0779 or jgrace@goderich.ca

Support Services Contact Information

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

 

211 Ontario provides programs and services to help the community through the pandemic through their page dedicated to finding support during COVID-19

 

 

 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 jdykstra@goderich.ca 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

 

Finance

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.  Goderich Town Council at their April 14, 2020 meeting have approved the deferral of penalty and interest charges on upaid taxes to June 30, 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, Boat Launches, Parks and Playgrounds

May 20, 2020

Bannister Park ball diamonds, soccer fields and skatepark are now open pursuant to the Province's amendment to Ontario Regulation 104/20.

 

Tennis courts at Victoria Park are now open pursuant to the Province's amendment to Ontario Regulation 104/20.

 

All Town of Goderich outdoor playgrounds and play structures and equipment are still closed until further notice.

 

 

May 15, 2020

Pursuant to the Province’s announcement on May 14, Fisherman’s Wharf boat launch is open effective May 16.  Snug Harbour will remain closed to the public until further notice.

 

April 8, 2020

Pursuant to the Provincial Order, Fisherman’s Wharf and Snug Harbour boat launches are closed to the public until further notice.

 

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

vkloeze@huroncounty.ca

 

Roads

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, YMCA(Maitland Recreation Centre and Memorial Arena)

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)

May 20, 2020

Bannister Park ball diamonds, soccer fields and skatepark are now open pursuant to the Province's amendment to Ontario Regulation 104/20. 

 

 

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 (ymcawo.ca and ymcaswo.ca) 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 important 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.

 

Meetings and Events  - that have been CANCELLED until further notice

Meetings and events that have been CANCELLED until further notice.  Please check this list regularly, as it will be updated as Town staff receive confirmation from event organizers.

  • Committees of Council and Board meetings
  • Public meetings, open houses and public consultations
  • Livery Film Fest Showing – April 9
  • Kinsmen Easter Egg Hunt – April 11
  • Annual Mayor’s Luncheon – April 16
  • Royal Canadian Legion Spring Convention – April 17-18
  • Taste of Goderich (Lions Club) – April 18
  • Run Around the Square – May 10
  • The Sound of Goderich - May 12
  • Goderich Farmers’ Market – May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Courthouse Square Sunday Market – May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Downtown Concerts - June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Circle City Cruize Nights - May 20- Sept. 16 
  • Downtown Concerts - June 4 - Sept. 3
  • Healthy Hearts Walk - June 6
  • Walk for Autism Goderich - June 14
  • Huron's Multicultural Festival - June 21
  • Sunday Concerts - June 21 - September 6
  • Circle City Beach Cruize - June 24
  • Goderich Children's Festival - June 27
  • Lions Beef Barbecue - June 28
  • Canada Day Fireworks Display - June 30
  • Canada Day Picnic & Parade - July 1
  • Festival of Arts & Crafts - July 3 - 5
  • Piping Down the Sun - July 10 - Aug. 28
  • Horticultural Garden Tour - July 11
  • BIA Moonlight Movie - July 17
  • Memories Then and Now Car Show - July 18
  • Goderich Firefighters Breakfast - August 2
  • Huron County Crime Stoppers Runway Classics - August 2
  • Celtic Roots Festival - August 7 - 9
  • West Coast Bluesfest - September 4 & 5
  • Walk-It - Parkinson's - September 12
  • Terry Fox Run - September 20
  • Goderich Kidney Walk - October 4
  • IODE House Tour - November 14 & 15

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) – Help Us Help You 

Please see the Ontario Provincial Police website at http://opp.ca/ for further information on the following items:

 

  • Report less serious incidents online at opp.ca/reporting
  • What are essential businesses?
  • If I have to close my business, how do I keep it safe? 
  • Are there COVID-19 scammers out there? 
        

Goderich Business Information

 

The BIA office has compiled a list of the downtown Goderich BIA stores/retailers for Mother’s Day options and general interest as of May 4, 2020.

The stores are listed alphabetically with website and Facebook links, telephone numbers and shopping options where available.
Downtown Goderich- BIA Reta
il Stores - as at May 4, 2020

Goderich Restaurants - as at May 12, 2020

 

NEW Funding Program – Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

 

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 bia@goderich.ca.

 

On-Line Resources for Goderich Businesses

 

 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has published a Pandemic Resources Guide athttp://chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/, 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 https://www.hpph.ca/en/index.aspx and Telehealth Ontario athttps://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus 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:

Resources for Children

  • Interview with Local medical student Rachel Peet (creates effective storytelling initiative for children to understand Covid-19 with support from Dr. Treasurywala
  • )Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 mental health support service offering counselling through text (Text CONNECT to 686868), phone calling (1-800-668-6868) and online live chat
  • Coping with Social Distancing
  • Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCov outbreak (World Health Organization)
  • Please view CMH Week 2020 for updated plans! This has been a collaborative effort and there are so many positive ways for people to connect in on the issue of mental health at this time in our history.

    Thanks to the following organizations who are SEA Charter Members for their willingness to co-sponsor these events:

    • Huron Perth Child & Youth Network
    • Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth
    • Avon Maitland District School Board
    • Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
    • Choices for Change
    • Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team
    • LHIN Mental Health & Addiction Nurses
    • Huron Respite Network

Resources for Families and Youth Leaders

 

Rural Response for Healthy Children - view interviews with Jill Robertson on the Staysh

Help Do Local Good

The Town of Goderich has partnered with the United Way Perth-Huron on a “caremongering” initiative to connect those most affected by COVID-19 with those willing to lend a hand. 

A new website has been launched at helpdolocalgood.ca to join people together, providing information on how to help and how to receive help, including: 

  • Donate to an Urgent Needs Fund that has been established to support individuals and families cope with the economic and emotional fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Volunteer sign-up to coordinate those able to contribute their time and energy to helping others in the community.
  • Information and resources for the community, including the 211 community information line.

An associated Facebook group called Huron-Perth Covid 19 Resource Group - Help is Close to Home has also been created to connect people close by.  Additional ways to get involved are to contact reception@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or call 519-271-7730 to leave a phone number and briefly describe how and where you can help.