Press Release 13                                                              May 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

As the Province begins to relax the restrictions put in place due to the COVID19 pandemic, many of our businesses will open their doors for the first time in months.

We continue to take measures to keep our community safe while making it possible for people to begin to start their lives, realizing a new “normal”.



At this time, there is a Public Health Order in place which keeps our beaches, and parks beside a shore, CLOSED-this includes Sauble Beach and Bluewater Park.  Boat launches are open except Bluewater Park which remains closed.  By-Law enforcement is patrolling and will ticket anyone who is in a closed area.  We thank you for being respectful of the Order and our enforcement officers.   


We have decided that we will not enforce the Paid Parking program at Sauble Beach until June 27.  This program usually begins on June 1 however we realize that these have been challenging times and we want to support our businesses as they begin to slowly open for the summer season.   There will be no charge for parking until June 27.


Today the Ministry of Natural Resources lifted the Bruce Peninsula Fire Ban. Effective May 16 at 12:01 am, you are now free to have bonfires but please remember they are to be contained to a 2ftx2ft pit and never leave a burning fire unattended.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in South Bruce Peninsula for your patience and support of one another as we navigate through this pandemic.  Now more than ever we need to be vigilant and remember that as our community begins to open, we are all in this together.  Practice physical distancing, wash your hands, wear face protection and stay safe.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula


Press Release 12                                                              May 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

Beginning Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the South Bruce Peninsula Landfill Site will be reopening to the public. 

The Landfill Site will be open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:30am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 

The Landfill Site will be open on Victoria Day (Monday, May 18, 2020) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Landfill Site will close the gates to incoming traffic 15 minutes prior to every closing time to allow patrons already within the site to un-load and exit the site by the closing time.

The only acceptable payment methods will be Town charge account for contractors and debit “tap” for all other customers. Contractors without accounts must call Town Hall to set up an account. No cash or regular debit will be accepted.  Customers will be turned away from the gate if they do not have the appropriate payment method. 

The number of vehicles within the Landfill Site may be limited to make sure everyone is following physical distancing rules.  Vehicle line-ups and delays due to high demand are to be expected as we reopen this facility. 

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula


Press Release 11                                                              April 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm 

On March 20, 2020, the Town issued notice that penalty charges for tax and water levies due in March 2020 would be waived until April 30th.  It also stated that interest charges would continue to accrue on any previous unpaid balances.

As this pandemic continues, we want to further assist you by waiving the penalty charges on all tax, utility instalments and accounts receivable, for 90 days after the due date.  Interest charges will continue to accrue on any previous unpaid balances (prior to March 20, 2020) during this time. 

Due to the office closure, we remind everyone that, tax, utility and accounts receivable payments can be made through any of the following methods:

  • Online and telephone banking,
  • At your financial institution,
  • By using the drop-box located at the George Street entrance to Town Hall, and
  • Mail.

Thank you for your your patience as we all find our way through these trying time.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula

Press Release 10                                                              April 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

On April 4th, Premier Ford issued a new Order prohibiting Short Term Rentals.  Those who own a cottage are not to rent either privately or through a 3rd party broker such as VRBO, Airbnb or various cottage rental companies. The only exception is for those who have no other home, and this must be proven.

Campgrounds were closed last week and now with the new Short Term Rental Order, the town has been working on a means to execute these new measures and implement enforcement. The Province is committed to making sure that only those services which are essential remain open.

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990, as amended, levies very heavy fines for anyone who violates a Provincial Order.  Fines range from a maximum of $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director or officer of a corporation and $10,000,000 for a corporation.  Imprisonment for not more than one year is possible. 

We have hired an enforcement company to enable us to uphold these Provincial Orders. Together with our policing partners, they are working to ensure that the residents of South Bruce Peninsula remain safe.

A message for cottage owners:

You are part of our municipality too however you are not permitted to rent your property. If you choose to stay here at your seasonal home, please remain here until this crisis has passed and follow the rules set out by the Province and Health Departments.  DO NOT TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN COMMUNITIES. 

The Provincial Fire Ban applies to all areas in South Bruce Peninsula.  The South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department will be enforcing the fire ban.  The Open Air Burning By-Law levies a fine of $300 for any person setting a fire during a fire ban.  Anyone making false calls will be charged the costs for the response by the Fire Department.

To report anyone in South Bruce Peninsula having a fire, please call 226-668-3925.  To report anyone in South Bruce Peninsula contravening a Provincial Order, please call 226-910-1322 ext 1.

We need to stop the spread of COVID19 and we cannot risk moving the virus from one community to another.  Please do your part. Together we will get through this.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula


Press Release 9                                                              April 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm

In response to new Provincial legislation and the lack of adherence by some to social distancing and provincial closures, the Town has secured the services of James Special Services Inc. to enforce Town by-laws and Provincial orders in South Bruce Peninsula.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our community during this pandemic.  The Province continues to take the steps to slow the spread of COVID19 and everyone in South Bruce Peninsula must do their part.” says Mayor Janice Jackson.

As reported days ago, all outdoor public and private recreational areas including beaches, dog parks and playgrounds are closed. Boat launches, piers and marinas are now ordered to be closed.  There is also a total fire ban. Social distancing must be observed.  It is prohibited to congregate in groups of larger than 5; this will be enforced. 

By-Law Enforcement Officers have been given the authority by the Province of Ontario to enforce the orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  Enforcement Officers will exercise zero tolerance for those violating Provincial orders and Town by-laws. There has been an abundance of messaging including bold signage, warning of these imperative Provincial measures.

Please help us keep this virus to a minimum in South Bruce Peninsula by following the Provincial orders and restrictions. Please stay inside your home. This is the only way we can control COVID19. 

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula



Press Release 8                                                              April 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm 

Effective immediately and until further notice, the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Landfill Site will be open only to contractors with existing accounts. The landfill will be open on Fridays only from 8:30am-12noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm with the gates closing 15 minutes before each closing time.

The Landfill Site will not accept waste from the residential community.

Residential curbside pick-up will continue.

The requirement for bag tags remains in place for anything beyond one bag.

Please note that due to the Easter Holiday, the landfill will be closed on Friday April 10, 2020.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula





Press Release 7                                                              March 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Yesterday, Premier Ford announced the mandatory closure of all outdoor recreational spaces, including beaches. 

Anyone failing to comply with this Provincial order will be subject to charges under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

In South Bruce Peninsula, signs are being installed in our parks, at our beaches and in our recreational areas further reinforcing that these areas are closed.

COVID19 has changed the way we live, work and play.  For the safety of everyone, remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and please stay home. 

Thank you and stay healthy.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula



Press Release 6                                                              March 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Effective today at 4:30 pm, our two municipal dog parks, in Oliphant and Wiarton’s Dan Davidson, will be closed. 

We continue to see people who are not social distancing and self-isolating.  We understand that people want to exercise and staying home can be difficult, but these measures are mandatory.  During this pandemic, our parks cannot be used as places to gather.

As of 4:30pm, anyone who is found using the dog parks, playgrounds or skatepark is committing an offence and can be charged with trespassing.  At this time, we have not closed the remainder of our municipal parks as we will continue to monitor them for compliance. We truly hope we won’t have a need to close all parks but will do so if social distancing is not observed.

In a directive from the Solicitor General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs, we are reminded that:

“It is an offence to fail to comply with an emergency order, or to obstruct any person acting pursuant to such an order”.

In an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID19 in South Bruce Peninsula, everyone must be extra vigilant. Please don’t underestimate this crisis.

Thank you and stay healthy.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula




Press Release 5                                                              March 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

 Mayor Janice Jackson has officially declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19.

“Critical days and weeks lay ahead and we must do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19” Mayor Jackson says. “We must do everything in our power to protect our community and making this declaration now will enable us to act quickly and with broader authority should situations arise”.

Declarations of emergency are made by the Mayor under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, RSO 1990 when an emergency requires immediate action to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the municipality.

“I want to emphasize this is a proactive and precautionary step. We are continually monitoring this issue and will now be in a better position to take broader action if needed”

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula urges all residents to stay home, to practice social distancing and to practice proper hygiene protocols as outlined by the Provincial Medical Officer of Health:

COVID-19 updates related to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula can be found at

More information and updates related to COVID-19 can be found on the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit website

 Janice Jackson, Mayor

Town of South Bruce Peninsula





Press Release 4                                                              March 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula continues to monitor and respond to concerns related to the COVID19 pandemic.

In order to reduce the spread of the virus, Town Hall and other municipal facilities remain closed to the public.  MUNICIPAL PLAY STRUCTURES are now also considered to be closed. 

THE LANDFILL SITE remains open at this time HOWEVER, payment methods will be Town account only for contractors and debit “tap” only for residents.  Contractors without accounts must call Town Hall to set up an account.  No cash or regular debit will be accepted.  Regular curb-side pick-up is not interrupted.

Most products labeled “flushable” are actually not safe to flush down the toilet.  Products such as napkins, paper towels, and facial tissue, while made of paper, do not break down in the wastewater stream, causing a back-up and flooding.  Please don’t flush these products.

Due to the office closure, we remind everyone that, tax, utility and accounts receivable payments can be made through any of the following methods:

• Online and telephone banking,

• At your financial institution,

• By using the drop-box located at the George Street entrance to Town Hall, and

• Mail.

Penalty charges for tax and water levies will be waived until April 30th. Interest charges will continue to accrue on any previous unpaid balances during this time.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula


March 19, 2020

To the Residents of South Bruce Peninsula

These are trying times. We’re facing a global pandemic like nothing we’ve seen before. The Federal and Provincial Governments are putting measures in place.  As a Municipality, this is hitting home and we’re doing everything possible to take proactive measures, relay information and offer advice. I am meeting regularly, via teleconference, with Dr. Ian Arra, our Grey Bruce Chief Medical Officer of Health. Regular teleconferences are also being conducted between all 8 Mayors of Bruce County as well as our own South Bruce Peninsula (SBP) Senior Management Team and Municipal Emergency Management Control Group. This crisis is changing daily, and we must remain ahead of it. Knowledge and vigilance are the keys to finding our way through this. We must take this pandemic seriously and do everything possible to prevent it from spreading but please don’t panic. At times, grocery stores are having difficulty keeping items on the shelf. Purchase what you need but please do not hoard. There are others who are in need too and can’t find supplies. We all need to step up and protect our community. Watch out for each other, insist that those returning home from outside of Canada immediately self-isolate and help our seniors and the vulnerable. We can see our way through this as a community if we work together. When it’s all over, I want to be the community that emerged with the fewest cases of novel Coronavirus. We can do this if we all use common sense and look out for one another.

Here is some helpful information. Please stay healthy. 

Mayor Janice Jackson 

How to Avoid COVID 19:                                                                                                                                           
Maintain social distance – remain at least 2 metres (7 feet) from people if you absolutely have to go out. Wash your hands frequently. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. CNN reports 80% of those infected got it from people who had no idea they had it. They all said they felt fine.  Stay at home as much as possible. Step out to get fresh air and exercise but please stay away from people.

COVID-19 Symptoms:  Fever, cough, shortness of breath.   Buy a thermometer and check daily.                  

Assessment Centres:                                                                                                 
Assessment Centres are up and running next to the Owen Sound Hospital (noon to 8pm 7 days/week),
Hanover Hospital (10am-4pm 7 days/week) and Kincardine Hospital (9am-5pm 7 days/week).   
In the coming weeks, additional centres are being created at the smaller hospitals including Wiarton.                               

Remain home for 14 days. Monitor your symptoms, avoid contact with others. If you develop mild symptoms, please stay home. If they’re moderate to severe, call Public Health at 519-376-9420 x 3000 or go to your nearest Assessment Centre. Call 911 if you’re unable to get yourself there.  Please don’t bog down the Assessment Centres if you don’t have symptoms.  They won’t test you.

Snowbirds and out of Country Travelers:
Our population is growing as our seasonal residents and snowbirds return home. This calls for increased measures of communication. There seems to be a lack of communication at our border entries. I’ve been hearing that people crossing the border are not being told they must self-isolate for 14 days. We need to help them by getting the word out. If you can, please reach out to your returning friends and family and stress the importance self-isolation. They cannot stop at the grocery store on their way home. They must go straight home and arrange for someone to deliver groceries to them. If you have been out of Canada for any length of time, PLEASE self-isolate for 14 days. I know it isn’t always easy but we’re all taking precautions. Please don’t chance spreading the virus because you feel the need to get out or you believe you’re OK. You might feel great today, but you could be hit with symptoms a few days later and in between, you’ve infected people. Spreading the virus to just one person will cause a ripple effect that could cripple our community. Please stay home. There’s lots of help here for you.

The Helping Hands of Our Community:                                                                                                                     
Our amazing local service groups are joining forces to help our vulnerable and those in isolation. If you need assistance with grocery delivery, ValuMart in Sauble Beach will pack orders 2 days per week and members of the Sauble Lions & the Sauble Men’s Club will deliver to you. Please call ValuMart to order at 519-422-1641.  Unfortunately, Wiarton Foodland simply doesn’t have the staff to pack orders. If you’re able to help deliver groceries, please email me.  The service groups could use your assistance. Please keep in mind, these folks are volunteering their time and gas so please only request their help if you are truly in need and have no other options. 

All Municipal and County buildings are closed including Town Hall, Libraries, Recreations Centres, Wiarton Arena, Sauble Beach Community Centre, Daycare Centres, Restaurants, playgrounds, places of worship and Pubs.  All sporting events, conventions and concerts are cancelled. All private rentals of our facilities are cancelled, refunds will be issued. Both the County and Town Hall staff will continue to work however no visitors will be permitted to enter either building until further notice. County and SBP Council meetings have been suspended. Emergency Council meetings will be held when necessary.

Town Landfill Site and curb-side garbage pick-up:                                                                                          
Our landfill site will remain open to contractors with Town accounts only and residents using only a “tap” debit card. Contractors needing to open an account can call Town Hall 519-534-1400.  All curbside garbage and recycling pick-up will continue as regularly scheduled.       

More Information:  If you have COVID 19 related questions please call:                                                         
TeleHealth: 1-866-797-0000                                                                                                                                  
Grey Bruce Public Health Unit: 519-376-9420 x 3000                             
GBHS COVID-19 Phone Line: 1-519-378-1466 (Monday-Friday, 12 pm-4pm) 

March 16, 2020

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula continues to monitor the health situation created by COVID19.  In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus while protecting both the public and the employees of the Town, South Bruce Peninsula is undertaking the following actions:

  • Effective 4:30 pm March 16, 2020, the following Town of South Bruce Peninsula facilities will be closed to the public:  Town Hall, the Ross Whicher Centre, the Wiarton Arena, the Sauble Beach Community Centre and the two Fire Stations.  Staff will continue to work however the public will not have physical access to the facilities.  You can reach us by telephone or email.
  • All rentals of Town facilities are cancelled and future rentals will not be booked until further notice.  Please call us regarding refunds.
  • The March 17, 2020 Council meetings will still be held however access by the public will be limited to 3 (three) members of the public at any given time.
  • All future Council, Committee and Local Board meetings are cancelled.
  • Tax and utility payments will not be accepted in person; you are encouraged to make payments through, mail, on-line/telephone banking, at your financial institution or by dropping cheques in the mailbox located at the front door of Town Hall (315 George Street Wiarton).
  • Building, by-law enforcement, fire and other types of inspections will occur in open-air situations only.  If an inspection is required in a closed area (ie.  occupied dwelling), staff will evaluate the situation and advise the requestor accordingly.
  • The landfill site remains open at this time.  Payment methods will be Town account for contractors and debit “tap” for residents.  Contractors without accounts must call Town Hall to set up an account.  No cash or regular debit will be accepted. 

The above protocols will be in place until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause however we feel that the health and safety of everyone is of the utmost importance.

According to Health Canada directive, you must self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled outside of Canada (all locations).  We can’t stress enough the importance of self-isolation for 14 days upon re-entry to Canada, regardless of the country you visited.  For more information on self-isolation and for public health assistance, please call the Grey Bruce Health Unit Coronavirus Information Line at 519-376-9420 extension 3000, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula

March 13, 2020 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula has received confirmation from the Bluewater District School Board that due to the closure of their schools until April 5, 2020, there will be no access to the Amabel Sauble School.

As a result, all rentals at the Amabel Sauble School will be cancelled until further notice. Full refunds will be issued to all renters.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula


March 13, 2020

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is working closely with the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit and other community partners regarding COVID 19.  We continue to monitor the global situation. 

Following the announcement from the Provincial Government yesterday that all schools will be closed until April 5, the Town is making changes to Town provided services in order to be proactively cautious.

The following changes will be effective as of 4:30 pm today:

Wiarton Arena, Sauble Beach Community Centre and Ross Whicher Centre:

All rental permits will be honoured at this time. Organizations and individuals can decide whether to move forward with cancellations or rental restrictions.  The Grey Bruce Health Unit has indicated that all events/functions with over 250 participants should be cancelled.  If anyone chooses to cancel a rental, they will be issued a full refund.

March Break Madness Program: 

The March Break Program planned and being hosted by South Bruce Peninsula and the Propeller Club next week is cancelled. Full refunds will be processed as soon as possible.  For further details call us.

Town Recreation Programs:

Town run programs such as public skating, parents and tots skating, shinny hockey, Pickleball, badminton and karate will be cancelled until further notice.

Council Meetings:

Council meetings will be held as usual at this time however members of the public are reminded that if you do plan to attend, you will be sitting in a public gallery in close proximity to other members of the public.  You can listen to Council meeting recordings by visiting the Town website.  People wishing to be scheduled as delegations may be required to postpone non-emergency and informational delegations to future meeting dates, at the discretion of the Mayor and Clerk.

Town Hall and Ross Whicher Centre:

Town staff are ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touchpoints and public spaces at all Town facilities.  Public education focusing on handwashing and cough etiquette has been increased in high traffic locations. 

Members of the public are being asked to limit visits to Town Hall unless absolutely necessary and are reminded that taxes can be paid on-line or by mail or can be dropped off in the after-hours mailbox at Town Hall (George Street entrance).  Call us for information.

We thank everyone for your patience and understanding during this time.  We will continue to monitor the situation however the above measures will continue to be in place until further notice.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula