O'Connor Township

Country Living at its Best

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

Welcome to O'Connor Township

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 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: the  Municipal Office will be closed throughout the Christmas holiday's from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 12 noon until Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9 a.m.

Council Meeting

The next regular meetings of Council will be held on Monday,  December 16, 2019 and January 13 & 27, 2020.  Council meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 330 Highway 595.

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.

LAKEHEAD POLICE SERVICE BOARD

The next meeting of the Lakehead Police Service Board (LPSB) will be held January 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the O'Connor Council Chambers, 330 Highway 595.    

O'Connor Community Club

The O'Connor Community Club has scheduled an evening for anyone that wishes to come out and help decorate the O'Connor Community Centre for Christmas.  If you or anyone you know likes to decorate for the festive Christmas please join them on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7 p.m. at 330 Highway 595.

The O'Connor Community Club will be hosting their annual Christmas Potluck Dinner Saturday, December 7th.  For inquiries or to reserve your tickets , please call Lorna Buob at 476-1451.  Please see poster below for further details.

Christmas Potluck 2019

The next scheduled meeting for the Community Club will be January 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

FIRE PERMITS - No permits required between November 1 and March 31

No fire permits are required between November 1st and March 31, however should you have any questions regarding fire safety, please call Fire Chief Henry Mattas 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

O’Connor Community Centre Blessing Box

Uncategorized / November 25, 2019

Ashlee Burton of Giant Hearts Thunder Bay with fellow volunteers, Eric Klages and Darcy Penasie, came out on November 4th to install their 15th blessing box at the O’Connor Community Centre.

The "Blessing Box" is a community pantry.  It is open for anyone struggling with food insecurity and everyone is welcome to donate supplies. Giant Hearts are looking for non-perishable foods, hygiene products and baby items as supplies for the box.

Thank you to Shelley Thorne, O’Connor resident, for arranging the placement of O’Connor’s Blessing Box.

     

Lake Superior Scottish Regiment

Uncategorized / November 25, 2019

On September 21st, Mayor Jim Vezina attended a Memorial Dedication, located at Current River Park, for the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (LSSR) to honour the 52nd (New  Ontario) Batallion.  Please note that on the monument are names of residents from the Township of O’Connor. Please click on the links below to see pictures and watch videos of the  dedication and why this memorial was built.

Picture #1

Video #1

Video #2

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.