Last Updated April 7, 2021.
Information on this page:
- Latest Updates
- Municipal Services
- Health Resources & Vaccine Information
- Support for People & Families
- Support for Farms & Businesses
- Concerns, Questions & Comments
- April 7 - The Government of Ontario has issued a stay-at-home order, saying, "A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order are in effect as of April 8 at 12:01 a.m. The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during this time." Please visit the Province's website for details on what is permitted to remain open at this time. The stay-at-home orders are expected to be in place for at least 4 weeks.
- April 1 - The Ontario government announced a four-week province-wide shutdown starting April 3, 2021. As a result, the Komoka Recreation and Wellness Centre, Ilderton arena, and community centres are closed until further notice.
- March 18 - Looking to book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment? For the latest information on the vaccines, who is eligible at this time, and how to book an appointment visit the Middlesex London Health Unit.
For the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, the health and well being of our community is our primary concern.
On March 17, 2020, Mayor DeViet declared a State of Emergency for Middlesex Centre. We are now in the process of Reopening Middlesex Centre, following the direction of the Province and our local health unit.
For information on each service, please click on the title.
- Municipal Office
The municipal office in Coldstream is open for bill payments and front desk services; all other services are by appointment.
As staff may be working remotely during the office closure:
- We encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of our online services where possible (billing, building permits), or to contact staff via phone or email.
- We also ask for your patience during this time, as we may require longer to respond to your emails and phone calls. If you have an emergency situation, please use the emergency numbers listed at the top of our staff list.
- Building Permits
Building Services are issuing permits and conducting inspections as permitted under Provincial COVID-19 directives.
If applicable, be sure to read our updates for home builders and developers. This information is being updated as Provincial guidelines change.
- Waste & Recycling
Update from Bluewater Recycling Association: Waste and recycling will continue to be collected on your usual collection day.
Bluewater Recycling Association is asking for your help to keep their employee's safe at this time. Please follow their guidelines for safe waste disposal during global COVID-19 pandemic:
- Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage. Wash your hands afterwards.
- Bag all waste. Do not place waste loosely in garbage containers.
- Note that masks and gloves should be put in a bag and then into your waste bin. They should not be put in the recycling.
- If you’re sick: place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage – even items that you normally place into your recycling bin (eg. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, etc.).
Middlesex Centre residents have access to a number of waste depots both in and outside of the municipality. Depots may be closed, have different hours or have other limitations at this time:
- Middlesex Centre’s EnviroDepots are expected to reopen April 17, 2021.
- Try Recycling Depot on Clarke Rd. is open. This depot operates year-round, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. This site accepts: yard waste, e-waste, tires, mixed construction and demolition waste, white goods, metal and large bulky items. If a fee is required, only debit, Visa and Mastercard payments will be accepted at this time. Please check the Try Recycling website for service updates and changes.
- City of London's Household Special (Hazardous) Waste Depot is open. Middlesex Centre residents may bring their household hazardous items to the London Depot. Please be sure to check their website for service updates and changes.
- Roads & Snow Clearing
Road maintenance continues as normal.
Please remember that there is no parking overnight (2 am to 7 am) on municipal roads between Labour Day and Victoria Day.
- Water / Wastewater
- Fire Services - Outdoor Fires & Fireworks
Fire Services continue as normal.
As always, you MUST follow the Open Air Burning rules. Please see the Open Air Burn Quick Guide.
To reduce the risk to our fire fighters, there will be zero tolerance for those not following the rules.
Consumer fireworks are allowed on Victoria Day and Canada Day without a permit - permits are required on all other dates. Please see the Middlesex Centre Fireworks Bylaw and the Consumer Fireworks Flowchart for further information and safety tips.
Unfortunately, based on federal and provincial direction as applicable to gatherings, and the increased risk to our fire fighters, NO display fireworks events will be approved until further notice.
We appreciate your co-operation.
- Parks, Playgrounds & Sports Fields
General park areas and trails are open at this time.
Please see the chart on the Reopening Middlesex Centre webpage for details on specific amenities.
Note that washrooms are closed at all parks.
Remember: Keep your dog on a leash and clean-up after it ("poop & scoop").
While enjoying the parks, please do your part and stay apart!
- Practice physical distancing (keeping 2m / 6ft apart).
- Avoid gathering in groups outside of your immediate household.
- Obey all posted closure signage.
- Please stay home if you feel unwell.
Other parks and natural areas in our community may have limited uses, special rules, or reduced services available. Please check with them before you head out.
- Recreation Programs & Facilities
- Community centres are closed until further notice.
- If you have questions, please contact our Facility Booking team.
- Ilderton Arena is now closed for the season.
- The arenas at the Komoka Wellness Centre are closed under the Provincial shutdown.
- Please contact our Facility Booking team for information on booking arenas.
- The Komoka Wellness Centre is closed under the Provincial shutdown.
- Please contact our Facility Booking team for information on booking community rooms.
- Please contact the YMCA for information on their hours and service availability (including access to exercise equipment, the gym and the walking track).
- Please contact the Middlesex County Library for information on their hours and service availability.
- Recreational Skating Programs are cancelled until further notice.
- The Ilderton Curling Club will not be operating this winter season.
- Community centres are closed until further notice.
- Clerk Services (Licencing)
The services of the municipal clerk, including marriage licencing, commissioning of oaths and lottery licencing, are available by appointment only. Please contact the office for details.
- Council Meetings
In response to the need for physical distancing, municipal council meetings are being held virtually. Please see the council meeting page for details.
- Water, Tax & Other Bills: Financial Relief Considerations
Paying your Bills
Where possible, we ask that you use alternatives to paying your bills in person.
These options for paying your bills include dropping off a cheque in the deposit box at the municipal office, paying online through your financial institutions, or setting up pre-authorized payments for future bills.
COVID-19: Financial Relief Measures for Residents and Local Businesses
Middlesex Centre Council and staff understand that some residents and local businesses may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At their emergency meeting on March 30, 2020, Middlesex Centre Council approved a number of financial measures were put in place to help those most in need of support. Most of these measures have now expired.If you require a special payment arrangement due to financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, contact the municipal office.
Middlesex Centre staff are here to help you through this challenging time. Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
- COVID-19 Updates & E-Newsletters
Updates from Mayor DeViet
Please click below to see updates from Mayor DeViet regarding Middlesex Centre's response to COVID-19COVID-19: Messages from the Mayor
Middlesex Centre E-Newsletters
As the situation changes updates will be provided here and on social media.
Health information about COVID-19 and best practices to prevent the spread of the disease continue to evolve as medical professionals learn more about this disease. Below you'll find links to reliable health information sources.
Health Information Sources
- Middlesex-London Health Unit (local information for Middlesex Centre)
- Ministry of Health, Government of Ontario
- Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Canada
- Water Environment Federation (information on COVID-19 and water/wastewater)
Mental Health Resources
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- United Way Elgin Middlesex: List of Mental Health Services
ConnexOntario: Mental Health Services
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Vaccine Information for Ontarians, including distribution, availability and safety (Government of Ontario)
- What Canadians need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines (Government of Canada)
- Booking your vaccination appointment with Middlesex London Health Unit
The following services are provided by community and government agencies. We will do our best to keep the information up-to-date, but recommend you contact any agencies for their availability.
For more information on each service, please click on the title.
- Social Services
For information on social services (mental health support, housing, senior care, etc.), please call or visit Ontario 211.
- Government & Other Financial Supports
Wondering which level of government is responsible for a specific service during this time? The following chart summarizes the key roles of the municipal, county, provincial and federal governments (pdf version).
Government of Canada Supports
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses (general information)
- Support for Workers (applying for EI, student loans information)
Government of Ontario Supports
- COVID-19 - Support for People (financial, mental health and other supports available during COVID-19)
- COVID-19 Emergency Assistance (support for individuals and families in financial crisis to cover needs such as food, rent, medicine, transportation and other services during this public health crisis)
County of Middlesex Social Services
- Social Services (provides a range of services to County residents to assist with financial, employment, housing, and child-care needs)
- General information from the County of Middlesex regarding COVID-19
Middlesex Centre Supports
- Please see above under "Water, Tax & Other Bills: Payments & Financial Relief Considerations"
Hydro One Supports
- Food Banks
Please contact the food banks before visiting, as their hours of operation and pick-up processes are subject to change.
- Ailsa Craig Food Bank – 161 Main St., Ailsa Craig, 519-293-3637
- Salvation Army Strathroy – 71 Maitland Terrace, Strathroy, 519-245-5398
- Women's Rural Resource Centre – 145 Beech St., Strathroy, 519-246-1526
- St Jude's Anglican - Caring Cupboard – 639 Bowan St, Mount Brydges, 519-287-2727
Can you help? Local food banks are in need of donations. Please visit their website or Facebook pages to see what they need most, and how you can safely make a donation at this time.
- Jobs in Middlesex County
One of the biggest supports we can offer our local businesses is our business.
Order take-out, buy a gift card for future use, or shop/use their services (if open). Be sure to call or visit their Facebook page or website before you head out to see if they are accepting in-person shoppers at this time.
You can also see:
- Ilderton and Area Business Association Facebook Page
- Komoka-Kilworth Business Association Facebook Page
Report a Concern: If you are concerned about people or businesses not respecting the measures put in place under the federal, provincial and/or municipal states of emergency and wish to report a complaint, please do not call 911. The number to contact the OPP for non-urgent incidents is 1-888-310-1122, or you can report online.
General Comments: Do you have ideas, questions or comments about how Middlesex Centre is responding to the COVID-19 emergency? Share your thoughts using our online feedback form or by contacting us by telephone or email.