Bruce County announces modified services

BRUCE COUNTY – On Monday, Jan. 3, Ontario announced a temporary return to modified step two measures on the Roadmap to Reopen, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 5, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Through this pandemic, Bruce County has actively responded with a number of measures to help protect residents, businesses, and staff. With Ontario’s health measures, Bruce County continues to deliver critical and essential services, like paramedic services, long-term care, snow plowing, and important customer services.

  • ADMINISTRATION – The Bruce County administrative centre (Walkerton), Lakeshore hub (Port Elgin), Peninsula Hub (Wiarton), and Penetangore Hub (Kincardine) will be closed to the public until Wednesday, Jan. 26. Virtual customer service continues to be available. We are happy to assist you online and over the phone. In-person appointments and services may be offered in certain circumstances.
  • LIBRARY – Bruce County Public Library branches remain open, with capacity limits and distancing measures in place. Curbside pickup options and online virtual programming will continue to be available.
  • MUSEUM – Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton will be closed to the public until Wednesday, Jan. 26. Virtual services and programming continue to be available on the museum website and social media channels.
  • TRAILS – Bruce County trails and river access points remain open. Please follow public health measures.
  • LONG-TERM CARE – Long-term care facilities in Walkerton and Wiarton continue to follow a robust pandemic response plan and act in full regulatory compliance. The essential caregiver program continues, but general visiting is temporarily paused.
  • PLANNING – Bruce County’s land use planning and economic development teams continue to provide application processing and business support services virtually.
  • CHILD CARE – EarlyON Child and Family Centre locations will be closed until Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Enjoy EarlyON programming virtually on the EarlyOn Facebook page.
  • EMERGENCY CHILD CARE – Bruce County will relaunch the targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children of health care professionals and other eligible workers.
  • HUMAN SERVICES – Human services will continue to be provided to individuals, families, and our most vulnerable. For essential services, please call 211 to assist with accessing community services and support. The service is available 24/7 and multilingual interpretation is available.
  • POLICE – Ontario Provincial Police: For emergencies, please call 911. For less serious incidents, report online by visiting

Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson notes, “Bruce County council and staff continue to work hard to protect the best interests of the region while continuing to successfully deliver county services. We are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of the citizens in our region. We encourage everyone to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands, watching your distance (six feet), wearing your face covering, and avoiding crowds.”