O'Connor Township

Country Living at its Best

Phone: 807-476-1451
Email: twpoconn@tbaytel.net

Welcome to O'Connor Township

O'Connor Township Office

 Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to Noon

 Restricted Fire Zone

No Burning Allowed Anytime including Camp Fires.

Remember, burn permit privileges are suspended during a Restricted Fire Zone.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in much of Northwestern Ontario to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.  Effective May 7, the Restricted Fire Zone is in place and will remain in effect until conditions improve.

MARK SATURDAY JUNE 25, 2016 on your calendar for O'Connor Public Meetings and Open Houses

from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Fire Department Open House and BBQ at the Fire Hall - 325 Highway 595

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Public Meeting to discuss Fees for the Township of O'Connor Building Permits and other Miscellaneous Services - O'Connor Community Centre - 330 Highway 595 followed by,  from

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Public Open House meeting with regard to the Township of O'Connor Official Plan and Zoning By-law review

For more information on these events  please see below or go to the events page on our website.


2016 Census


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Five things you should know about the Canadian Census

Long-form? Short-form? Mandatory? Voluntary? So much to know, so little time.

The census begins on May 2 this year and some Canadians may find the process a bit confusing given recent changes to the national tally.

Set yourself up for census success by separating fact from fiction with these myth busters:

  1. The census is mandatory. All Canadians must complete their census questionnaire, either online, through the mail, in person or by phone. The mandatory long-form census replaces the previous voluntary household survey, as of November 2015.
  2. There are two types of census questionnaires. Three out of four Canadians will receive a short-form census with 10 questions, while one out of four will receive a long-form census with 60 questions. The short-form census provides basic household information such as address, marital status and number of children, while the long-form census digs deeper into things like citizenship and immigration status, ethnic background, birthplace of parents, education, income, housing, child care and other support payments, and employment status.
  3. The census measures more than just the number of people in Canada and where they live. Data collected from the census are used to make life easier for people and the communities where they live. For example, things like traffic congestion, overcrowded schools or new or improved hospitals and retirement centres can all be addressed using information from the census.
  4. Your information is protected. Everything you report is kept confidential and is protected by law. Your identity gets separated from your information and is never attached to it again. Take note of the secure access code on your census letter from Statistics Canada, which you should receive on or around May 2. This code is one of the measures in place to ensure you can securely complete your census questionnaire online.
  5. The results of the census are released in 2017. Data from the 2016 Census will be released in a very timely fashion. The first data release (for population and dwelling counts) is scheduled for February 8, 2017.

The actual questions, and other information, about the 2016 Census can be found on the Statistics Canada website.


O'Connor Township News


Uncategorized / May 26, 2016

You are invited to participate and provide input on the Township of O’Connor’s Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law

Public Open House – Saturday, June 25, 2016

1:00pm – 3:00pm

O’Connor Community Centre, 330 Highway 595

The Township of O’Connor invites you to become engaged in planning for the Township’s future by participating in the upcoming Public Open House. The purpose of the Public Open House is to present, review and receive input on changes to the Township’s Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law. The Official Plan provides the overall policy direction for development in the municipality, and the Zoning By-law implements the policies through regulations. These documents will apply to the entire municipality.

The Public Open House will be held at the O’Connor Community Centre (330 Highway 595) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

The Open House is the first public consultation event of the review process. There will be additional opportunities for input at later stages of the process.

If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed official plan, or of the refusal of a request to amend the official plan, you must make a written request to the Township of O’Connor.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make submissions to the Township of O’Connor before the proposed Official Plan is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Township of O’Connor to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of O’Connor before the proposed official plan is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

For more information on the Township Official Plan and Zoning By-law review process, please contact Lorna Buob, Clerk-Treasurer at twpoconn@tbaytel.net or 807-476-1451.

Public Meeting

Uncategorized / May 26, 2016

The Township of O'Connor will be hosting a Public Meeting on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the O'Connor Community Centre, 330 Highway 595, to review the Building Permit fees and other miscellaneous service fees.

The public is welcome to attend and express their opinions with regard to the proposed changes.

Lakehead Public Schools – SEAC Community Reps

Uncategorized / May 17, 2016

The Lakehead District School Board is looking for applications for two Community Representatives and two Alternate Representatives to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).  SEAC welcomes applications from parents/guardians of students with special needs and members of the community interested in special education to apply for one of these positions.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 3, 2016.  Representatives will be selected by SEAC and forwarded to the Lakehead District School Board for approval.  It is anticipated that the community representatives will be in place for the SEAC meeting in September 2016.  For questions, please call Eileen Haven, Executive Secretary, at 625-5126 or ehaven@lakeheadschools.ca

Census Job Opportunities

Township News / May 3, 2016

Join the census team and make a lasting contribution to Canada and its people.

Job locations, rates of pay, qualifications, and start dates vary. Please consult the details for each job type before submitting an application.

Applications are now being accepted for the following 2016 Census jobs:

  • Census jobs across Canada
    Supervisory and non-supervisory jobs in neighbourhoods and communities in all urban and rural areas of the country (35,000 jobs).
  • Early enumeration jobs
    Supervisory and non-supervisory jobs in remote areas of the far north, as well as in some communities in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Labrador.
  • Census Data Operations Centre
    Data processing and Census Help Line jobs in Gatineau, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario (1,400 jobs).
    Note: The Data Operations Centre positions have a separate application process than other census jobs

Ratepayer Survey

Municipal Notices, Township News / December 25, 2015

Thank you to everyone who filled out this survey.  The results have been summarized and reviewed by Council, however if you would still like to make a comment we will be happy to address it.

Disposal Site - The Township of O'Connor, in 2015 from June to September, held a trial run of opening the Disposal Site earlier on Saturday mornings.  The Site opened at 9 a.m. rather than 10 a.m. and Council want to know what you thought of this and are asking for your opinion by submitting this survey.


NorWest Community Health Centres – Mobile Health Services

Township News / December 1, 2015

A video produced by the Canadian Institute for Health Innovation and funded by the Ontario Government was filmed in the Township of O'Connor and surrounding area.  This video details the need for their mobile service and the services they do provide.  To view this video please click on this link.  Password is "thunderbay".

Service Ontario Launches Not-For-Profit  

Township News / June 30, 2015

Service Ontario has launched a new section for not-for-profits in Ontario making it faster and easier for organizations to get the services and information they need to start, operate and grow their NFPs.

The new site features information on government open call programs for funding, ideas on how to start and manage a not-for-profit organization, a section to help organizations understand the laws that affect the sector, research about the sector, government initiatives that support the sector, and much more.

Please follow the link to visit this new resource: www.ServiceOntario.ca/NotForProfits

The O’Connor Community Centre

Township News / June 29, 2015
The O'Connor Community Centre is available for rentals with the basement kitchen and main level renovations, including a new accessible platform lift.  With reasonable rental rates the Community Centre is waiting for you.  To book your event please call the Township of O'Connor office at 476-1451.
If you would like to rent the Community Centre for an event and someone attending may need to use the platform lift you or someone you appoint must be trained on its operation.

Asset Management Plan

The Township of O'Connor Asset Management Plan is posted on the website.
The Township of O'Connor retained GENIVAR to assist with the development of a comprehensive asset management plan that the Township can utilize as a tool to assist with decisions regarding the building, operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing, disposing and funding of their bridges, roads, culverts, buildings, helipad, road maintenance and recycling equipment, and vehicles.
To view the pdf version of the plan please click here.

WSIB Ontario – Bill 119

WSIB Ontario - Bill 119 - Mandatory Coverage for the Construction Industry
If you work in construction, the rules for mandatory WSIB coverage have changed.  Do you run your own construction business? Are you the purchaser of construction services? Big or small, with workers or without, you still need to know what's changed. Find out what it means for you.