O'Connor Township

Country Living at its Best

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

Welcome to O'Connor Township

Highway 590 Road Closures

July 12, 2019 - Highway 590 remains closed at both locations.

Due to the recent washout at Cedar Creek on Highway 590, between Adrian Lake Road and Boreal Road, traffic is being detoured down the Township of O'Connor Roads.  Highway 590 is also closed as of July 2, 2019 at Cedar Creek, ( a second location)  just West of Pool Road.  Both sections of  Highway 590 will be closed at the same time for approximately 3 weeks.  Those residents on Highway 590 between these areas and the travelling public accessing Adrian Lake Road will have to use a detour.  The detour that will need to be taken will include Sovereign Road, Fleming Road and Strom Road. 

Click on - Highway 590 Closures - June-July 2019 -Public Notice for scheduled construction with additional washout information.

Residents travelling to the Township of O'Connor's Disposal Site will also have to use the detour noted above.  

Residents on Cronk Road, Earl Road and Connolly Road will also see an increase in traffic due to the washout.

The Township asks that you PLEASE drive with Caution and slow down during this time. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Summer Office Hours (July and August) :

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

Fridays  - 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Please note that the office will be closed Wednesdays during the summer.

PLEASE NOTE: The Office will be closed  Thursday, August 1st at 5 p.m. until Thursday, August 8th at 9 a.m.    Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. If you may require a fire permit for this time period please attend the office prior to August 1st and will can approve it for the later dates.  You may also contact Fire Chief Henry Mattas at 628-3523.

Council Meeting

The next regular meeting of Council will be held on Monday, August 12th.  Council meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 330 Highway 595.

A Lakehead Police Service Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  (See Cornerstone to inquire on how to serve on the Lakehead Police Service Board)

Regular meetings of Council shall be held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., except for the month of December, when the meeting will be held on the first Monday of the month.  A meeting of Council shall be held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. except during the months of July, August and December. Only during the month of December, a meeting will be held on the third Monday.  Where any of the meeting dates fall on a statutory holiday the meeting will be held on the Tuesday of that week at 7 p.m.

FIRE PERMITS

As of Monday, April 1st, Fire Permits are required prior to ALL outdoor burning during the fire season running from April 1st until October 31st as per the Forest Fire Prevention Act.  Small fires for cooking or warmth do not require a fire permit.  Fire and Incinerator Permits can be picked up at the Township Office during regular office hours at 330 Highway 595 or from Fire Chief Henry Mattas at 741 Barrie Drive (please call ahead at 473-9511).

TOWNSHIP OF O'CONNOR - OFFICIAL PLAN

January 30, 2019, the Township of O'Connor's new Official Plan was approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, with some modifications and has come into effect as of January 31, 2019.  A Office Consolidated copy will be made available in the near future, on-line, as well as hard copy  from the office, if requested.

TOWNSHIP OF O'CONNOR - ZONING BY-LAW

The Township of O'Connor Zoning By-law will now be updated to incorporate the new Official Plan.  A Public Meeting will be held in the near future for review of the proposed Zoning By-law.  A draft copy of the document will also be available in the near future.

Council

Council for the 2018-2022 term has been set. Congratulations to our new Council members.

Mayor Jim Vezina (middle), Councillors (from left to right)  Jerry Loan, Wendy Handy, Alex Crane and Bishop Racicot.

2018 Election results for Council

Thank you to everyone who came out and voted and to Jonathon Hari for also putting his name forward.

Thank you also to Kevin Foekens, the outgoing Councillor, for 4 years of dedication and service to the Township of O'Connor as a Council member.

For School Board results please go to www.elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org or go to the City of Thunder Bay website.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act,  the Clerk as Returning Officer conducts elections for the offices of one Mayor and four Councillors.  The term of the new office commenced Monday, December 3, 2018 and serves for four years.

 

O'Connor Township News

2-Bit Auction

Uncategorized / April 26, 2019

The O'Connor Community Club will be hosting a 2-Bit Auction on Saturday, May 25th in the O'Connor Community Centre. Please click on the link below for more information. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please contact the O'Connor Municipal office for more information or to reserve tickets.

Clean Water Waste Water Fund (CWWF)

Township News / November 21, 2017

The Township of O’Connor was fortunate this year to receive funding from the Clean Water Wastewater Fund (CWWF), through both the   Federal and Provincial governments, to replace several road culverts throughout the Township.  This fund covers 50% of the total cost of the  project.

To cover the Township’s share of the project we will also be using funds from the Federal Gas Tax Fund (FGT) and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to change approximately 60 culverts in our road system.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Uncategorized / April 4, 2017

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed communications material to promote awareness of the change to income thresholds under Seniors Co-Pay Program (SCP) and encourage eligible seniors to apply.

Updated income thresholds:

  • Single senior - an income of less than or equal to $19,300; or
  • Senior couple - a combined income of less than or equal to $32,000.

Patient benefits:

Eligible seniors:

  • Can save an average of $130 per year in out-of-pocket drug costs
  • Pay no annual deductible and a co-payment of up to $2 for each prescription.

To find out more go to Ontario.ca/SeniorDrugSavings

NorWest Community Health Centres – Mobile Health Services

Township News / December 1, 2015

New Hours for the Norwest Community Health Centres - Mobile Health Services

Please note:  The New Hours for the Thursday Clinics at the O'Connor Community Centre - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinics are every second Thursday at the O'Connor Community Centre - 330 Highway 595.  They are also here on the third Wednesday of the month by appointment only. See events calendar for dates.  For more information or to make an appointment please call 626-8474.

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.

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.