Local youth bring the HEAT to Parliament Hill


From left to right: Nicole Stone, Kristen Forsyth, Brendan Francis-Cope, Albin Jung, Grace McFarland, Lauren Driver and Callie Anderson from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit joined more than 100 youth from across Ontario at a Freeze the Industry rally on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. The November 9 event supported Bill S-5, which will introduce plain and standardized tobacco packaging and products in Canada.

OTTAWA, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 – Members of the Health Education and Advocacy Team (HEAT), a youth led volunteer group joined #youth from across the province in a demonstration on Parliament Hill to show their support for Bill S-5.


“SSUP Norfolk” – Norfolk County’s Student Startup Program wins National Award

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – October 17, 2017 – At the 2017 Canada Marketing Awards held by the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC), Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program “SSUP Norfolk” took top honours as the Best Promotion Event for 2017.

Norfolk County Sponsors, Council and Staff have and continue to spur on the entrepreneurs in grades 6 to 12 resulting in national attention in entrepreneurship, education, and leadership of students, while building on Norfolk County pride. 


Construction boom continues in Norfolk County

Construction boom continues in Norfolk County

First nine months of 2017 outperform all of last year

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – October 18, 2017 – Construction activity in Norfolk County in the first nine months of 2017 has outperformed all twelve months of last year, according to the municipality’s Building Division.

Norfolk County Building officials have processed building permits with a total value in excess of $114 million in the period of January to September 2017, up 60% compared to same period in 2016, when $71 million in building permits were processed.


Norfolk County Responds to New Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) Gas Leak

Norfolk County, ON – September 29, 2017

Upon receipt of a Citizen concern to Norfolk County, staff from the Health Unit and Norfolk Fire and Rescue attended a County-owned woodlot located at 1925 Forestry Farm Road, northwest of the intersection of McDowall Road. It was determined that a former gas well (F006207) located within the forested area, was leaking small amounts of Hydrogen Sulphide gas (H2S).

Subsequent investigation and methodical air sampling was conducted. 


The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Launches New Online Immunization Reporting System

Simcoe, ON September 27th, 2017 The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is excited to announce the launch of Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON), a new secure online system for reporting and keeping track of immunization records.

This new, province-wide system enables individuals to:

  1. Look up an immunization record for themselves or their child.
  2. To submit immunization records to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health, and to update every time a new vaccine is given.


Norfolk County’s household income growth highest in southwestern Ontario

Norfolk County, Ont. – September 22, 2017 – Median household total income of Norfolk County households in 2015 was $67,338, up 6.5% since 2005, according to Statistics Canada.

Between 2005 and 2015, Norfolk County experienced the highest rate of growth in median household total income in southwestern Ontario, followed by Hamilton (5.3%), Ingersoll (4.2%), Woodstock (3.3%) and Brantford (2.6%).

At 8.6% growth during the period of 2005 to 2015, Norfolk County also experienced the highest rate of growth in after-tax median household total income in southwestern Ontario, followed by Hamilton (7.6%), Ingersoll (7.1%), Brantford (5.5%) and Guelph (5.2%).


Evacuation order lifted

Norfolk County, ON – September 14, 2017 – The second gas well leaking hydrogen sulphide (H2S) has been brought into compliance.

The well is now officially abandoned under the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The remaining three residences have been notified that the evacuation order has been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health. Those families can return to their homes.

An exclusion zone in the area has also been lifted, as the threats to public health have been remedied.


Work commencing on second gas well

Norfolk County, ON – September 7, 2017 – Work has commenced today on well T009949. Officials are monitoring the area closely.

This well is one of two affected by leaks of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) on 10th Concession Road west of Silver Hill.

The other well was brought into compliance earlier this week.

Citizens are reminded that the exclusion zone in the area, which prohibits anyone from entering on foot or by vehicle or vessel, remains in place until the well is remedied.


Hydrogen sulphide update

Norfolk County, ON – September 5, 2017 – Over Labour Day weekend, officials in Norfolk County continued to monitor and respond to the area affected by the leaks of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) on 10th Concession Road west of Silver Hill.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) communicated on September 3, 2017, that well T0008275 has been brought into compliance. Officials monitored readings near the well for 48 hours after compliance.


Expanded Hydrogen Sulphide alert area may affect more residents

Norfolk County, ON – August 31, 2017 – Emergency officials in Norfolk County have expanded the alert area around the zone affected by the leaks of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) between Silver Hill and Langton.

Officials have ongoing communications with households under evacuation orders. Communications will begin today with 16 additional addresses in a wider alert area approximately 800 meters in diameter from the wells.

Capping of one of the gas wells is expected to commence before the weekend.


Update on H2S Gas Leak Situation

Norfolk County, ON – August 28, 2017 – The Norfolk County Taskforce continues to
meet and respond to the situation surrounding the leak of Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S)
from natural gas wells in an area between Silver Hill and Langton.

At high concentrations, humans lose the ability to smell Hydrogen Sulphide, which is
lethal and flammable, so the lack of a “rotten egg smell” in an area does not mean the
gas is not present.


Emergency Control Group activated to respond to H2S gas leak

Norfolk County, ON – August 26, 2017 – Norfolk County has activated its Emergency Control Group to respond to a gas leak discovered Friday evening in an area between Silver Hill and Langton, Ontario.

To protect the safety of local residents, North Walsingham Concession 10 will be closed between Forestry Farm Road and East Quarterline Road (see map 1 below) effective immediately to Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Through traffic will NOT be allowed. 


Judge Releases Decision in Court Case regarding Norfolk Inn Property

NORFOLK COUNTY ON – On July 17, 2017, The Honourable Mr. Justice R.A. Lococo released his decision regarding the application of 2494044 Ontario Inc. In the Reasons for Judgement Justice Lococo provided several reasons and case law to support his decision, including:


Part III, [18]

“Having considered the Applicant’s submissions and based on the evidence before me, I have concluded that the Appellant has not established any basis for interfering with the Treasurer’s decision to cancel the tax sale.


Housing Study — Official Plan Review – Notice of Public Open House and Public Meeting

Simcoe, ON – April 6, 2017

Public Open House

Date:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time:  4:00 to 6:00 pm

Location:  Board Room, Health & Social Services Building, 12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe

File:  OPNPL2016230

The County has released a Draft Proposed Official Plan Amendment to the Norfolk County Official Plan, which outlines proposed policy changes recommended as part of the 2016 Norfolk County Housing Study, completed as part of the overall Five-Year Official Plan Review process.


Fall Leaf Collection Extended

DELHI, ON – NOVEMBER 18, 2016 – Norfolk County Council agreed to extend the curbside collection of leaf and yard waste for one additional week this month.

The urban collection will now continue, on your regular collection day, until the last week of November. The current collection was scheduled to finish the week of November 25 but Council agreed to extend the collection for the week starting November 28.

Leaf and yard waste is collected at the curbside in eleven designate areas.


Issues and Options for Official Plan Policy Change

SIMCOE, ON – NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – Norfolk County is undertaking the next phase of community engagement on the Official Plan Five Year Review. The Issues and Options Report is available at County offices, libraries and on the County website at www.norfolkcounty.ca/opr

What makes Norfolk a great place to live, work and visit?  How can we grow Norfolk by supporting agriculture, revitalizing downtown areas and encouraging tourism? How can we improve the quality of life and condition of our communities for all residents? 


Delhi Library to Break Ground

DELHI, ON –  November 4, 2016 – A ground breaking ceremony is planned to take place at the Delhi Branch, Norfolk County Public Library on Saturday November 12 at 2 p.m.  This ceremony will be held outdoors at the current location of the Delhi Branch, 192 Main Street, Delhi.  All are welcome to attend.  Norfolk County Council has approved a budget of $1.7 million for this expansion and renovation project.

When the project is completed the expanded library will include an addition of 3,000 square feet;


Heat Alert Declared Over for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

Simcoe, July 15, 2016

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Malcolm Lock, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, has ended the Heat Alert for Norfolk and Haldimand, which was issued July 12th.
One of two weather conditions are not expected for the Haldimand and Norfolk area:

  • Humidex is expected to reach 40ºC or higher.
  • Humidex is expected reach 36ºC or higher with a Smog Alert.


Heat Alert Declared for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

Simcoe, July 12th, 2016 Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Malcolm Locke, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Heat Alert for Norfolk and Haldimand. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.

According to Environment Canada, heat and humidity will arrive today with high temperatures reaching near 31 or 32 °C, with a humidex nearing 40 °C.

Members of the public are advised to take these precautions:

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.


Health Precautions for Heat Waves

Simcoe JUNE 20, 2016 – As recent weather brings hot and humid conditions into the area, the HNHU is reminding the public to take precautions during extreme heat events.

Members of the public are advised to take these precautions:

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls, local libraries or community centres.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.


Sharing the road one metre at a time

SIMCOE, JUNE 17 2016 – Cycling for recreation and tourism is on the rise in both Haldimand and Norfolk counties. As more and more riders take to the road, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit reminds all users to share the road.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the rules of the road apply to cyclists and drivers,” says Michele Crowley, Health Promoter with the Health Unit. “

Recent legislation changes require that drivers give cyclists the space they need – a minimum of one metre – when passing a cyclist on the road.


Home Ownership Program – Now Accepting Applications

SIMCOE, ON – MAY 27, 2016 – Available to residents of Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, the Home Ownership program provides down payment assistance to qualified low-to-moderate income households wishing to purchase a home. Funding is provided in the form of a 20-year interest free loan registered on title and up to 10% of the purchase price of the home.

To qualify for the program, applicants must be renting, be at least 18 years old, with a combined gross household income of $81,300.00 or less (maximum income level is updated annually).


The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Releases New Strategic Plan for 2016-2020

SIMCOE, March 2016 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) today released a new strategic plan for 2016-2020: Building Healthy, Vibrant, Caring Communities for All. This plan will ensure the HNHU remains well positioned to continue its work in supporting its vision of healthy vibrant and caring communities for everyone. Developed after hearing from staff, senior management and outside consultants, the plan will help direct the HNHU in offering quality, equitable programs and services that optimize the public’s health.


County clears up confusion about Norfolk Inn property

SIMCOE, ON – March 16, 2016 – Early Wednesday afternoon Mayor Charlie Luke stated, “Norfolk County has followed the law applicable to the sale of properties for tax arrears”. Norfolk County Treasurer, John Ford, also clarified that “The law provides that a party that has a valid legal interest in the property, registered on title (referred to in law as an interested party) may redeem the property from the tax sale process by paying the entire balance of outstanding taxes, interest, penalties and charges”.


Best Suggestion Awards

Simcoe, ON – March 8, 2016 – Norfolk County has an employee suggestion program under its Staff Recognition Policy (HR-18). The purpose of this program is to support innovative, creative ideas, problem solving and to publicly promote the manner in which Norfolk County works to implement and encourage new ideas and values to their employees.

Over the course of 2015, a total of 20 suggestions were received through one of three means: