Reminder: All parks, playgrounds remain closed

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is reminding residents that all parks and playgrounds are closed as part of the province’s COVID-19 containment strategy.

This includes parks owned by Norfolk and Haldimand counties, as well as private parks found in subdivisions.

The closure also means people should stay out of the walkways and areas around storm water management ponds, which in some communities have become popular gathering places.

“I know it’s getting warmer outside, the sun is shining, and we’re all trying to overcome cabin fever,” says Kristal Chopp, Chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health.

Norfolk County welcomes new CAO Jason Burgess

April 3, 2020, Simcoe, ON – It certainly isn’t typical to introduce a new leader in the middle of a state of emergency. But these are far from typical times.

Jason Burgess started his new role as Norfolk County’s CAO April 3, in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that has affected all aspects of County operations.

Burgess had been serving as Norfolk’s General Manager of Corporate Services, and played a key role in navigating the County through tumultuous budget discussions.

Norfolk County facilities closed to public until further notice

April 3, 2020, Simcoe, ON – In an effort to maintain the health and wellbeing of the community and staff, Norfolk County will keep its facilities closed to the public until further notice.

County facilities were initially closed starting at 4:30 p.m. March 17 and were scheduled to re-open April 6.

Leaf and yard waste pick up program continues this spring in Norfolk

April 3, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County is once again running its leaf and yard waste pick up program, beginning next week.

Residents should note that there have been some changes to the urban collection program, which begins April 6 and runs until October 2, alternating through zones 1, 2 and 3.

Residents are encouraged to click the leaf and yard waste link at or refer to page 8 of the 2020 Waste Calendar to learn which urban zone they’re in, what items are accepted and which weeks to put out paper bags.

Health and Social Services teams up with local partners to get groceries to housebound seniors

March 25, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Seniors in Haldimand and Norfolk need not worry about their supply of food and essentials in the coming weeks.

As part of its wide-ranging response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Haldimand and Norfolk’s Health and Social Services team has partnered with Kaley’s Restaurant and Church Out Serving on a service aimed at getting necessities to those who are otherwise unable to get them.

Those over 70 years of age, those with accessibility issues and those under self-isolation due to COVID-19 concerns – and who don’t have a readily-available support network – can call 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623, extension 3793 to request help with food services.

Temporary restrictions on burning yard waste 

March 24, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County’s interim Fire Chief has ordered temporary restrictions to the burning of leaves and yard waste in an effort to keep as many firefighters available for service during the COVID-19 pandemic as possible.

The restrictions mean residents with a burn permit will be temporarily unable to burn yard waste such as leaves, branches and grass.

Over the past weekend alone, more than 50 firefighters responded to non-emergency calls related to the burning of yard waste, forcing them to abandon social distancing protocols and putting them at risk of infection and mandatory self-isolation.

Haldimand, Norfolk counties declare state of emergency

On Tuesday, March 24, both Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt & Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp declared a state of emergency for their respective communities.
Declaring a state of emergency allows municipalities to swiftly take action on activities that are violating public health officials’ orders. Declaring a state of emergency also allows municipalities to tap into provincial resources & emergency funding that would not otherwise be available.
“While I have been in close communication with Mayor Chopp, declaring an emergency will allow both Haldimand &

Ride Norfolk giving users a break on fees

March 24, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Ride Norfolk will be giving users a break on fares for the next two weeks.

Effective today, the service will not be charging fares until at least Apr. 6 to help residents get around for essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We recognize that the closure of retail locations like libraries and municipal offices, makes the purchase of tickets difficult,” noted Blaire Sylvester, Norfolk County Public Transportation and Business Development Coordinator.

Haldimand, Norfolk Counties proactively preparing for COVID-19

March 20, 2020 – Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are continuing to work closely with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, hospitals, healthcare centres and physicians to respond to COVID-19.

While there are currently NO confirmed cases in Haldimand or Norfolk, both Counties have activated their Emergency Operations Centres and are taking action to support local hospitals should patient volumes increase.

Should increased capacity at local hospitals be needed, both Haldimand and Norfolk Counties have made preparations to open interim care centers, to be staffed by local healthcare professionals.

Norfolk County appeals to public for healthcare supplies during COVID-19 pandemic

March 20, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County is appealing to the community for supplies needed to keep front-line healthcare workers, such as paramedics and Health Unit staff, safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Necessary supplies include:

  • N95 and surgical masks
  • Non-latex medical examination gloves/Nitrile gloves
  • Safety goggles/glasses
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel-sized soap/shampoo

If you have any of these items and want to donate them, please drop them off at Norfolk County’s Facilities Operations Building at 591 Norfolk Street South in Simcoe, between the hours of 9 a.m.

Norfolk County delays property tax payment deadline to April 30

A calculator

March 20, 2020, Simcoe, ON – In an effort to help alleviate the financial pressures being placed on residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Norfolk County is delaying the property tax payment deadline until April 30, 2020.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation that will have a significant economic impact on Norfolk County,” says Mayor Chopp. “Norfolk County has already taken decisive action to mitigate the impact of the virus on this community, and we hope this decision will make things a little bit easier for those dealing with financial uncertainty.”

Penalties will not be charged if the first interim installment is not paid by the original March 31 due date.

Norfolk County cancels March 24 Council meeting

March 18, 2020 Simcoe, ON – As part of Norfolk County’s response to COVID-19, which includes support for social distancing protocols, the March 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting has been CANCELLED.


Staff are working with Council to determine a Special Council Meeting to address business scheduled for the March 24 meeting.


Communication will be sent upon confirmation, and in accordance with the Norfolk County Procedural By-Law.

Norfolk County closes all facilities to the public

March 17, 2020, Simcoe, ON – In an effort to maintain the health and wellbeing of the community and staff, Norfolk County will close all of its buildings to the public effective 4:30 p.m. March 17. 

The closure will last at least until 8:30 a.m. April 6.

Staff will continue to report to work as normal.

As a result of these closures, some services will temporarily be unavailable.

Be safe travelling to, from and around Port Dover for Friday the 13th

Cold and inclement weather mean those travelling to Port Dover for Friday the 13th should exercise extreme caution on the road tomorrow. 

Although cold-weather events typically attract fewer visitors, visitors should be aware of increased traffic on the roads surrounding and in Port Dover. 

Drivers and motorcyclists are reminded to obey the rules of the road and be patient while travelling to, from and around Port Dover. 

Unlike warm-weather events, this Friday the 13th will not see any road closures in effect. 

Correspondence to Simcoe and District Minor Hockey Association

First we would like to thank the Simcoe and District Minor Hockey Association for their recent letter related to the plans associated with Norfolk’s recreation facilities, specifically our arenas.  We know that this is a significant issue in the community and to your organization specifically.  We hope that you take this letter as an initial response to your organization as well as an invitation for your organization to continue the dialogue with our staff on this important issue in the community.