Notice: Disposal Site
Summer Hours - Effective April 1st
Tuesdays - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Winter Hours - Effective September 1st
Tuesdays - 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please ensure you have your disposal site permit when visiting the site.
View our calendar for upcoming events and activities in O'Connor Township.
Upcoming Council Meetings:
All meetings are held in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Office located at 330 Hwy. 595. Council welcome your involvement and interest in Council meetings.
Welcome to O'Connor Township
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 office will be closed at 12 noon on December 22nd and will be reopening at 9 a.m. on January 2, 2018 for the Christmas holidays.
The Township Council and Staff wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Please note the disposal site will be closed Tuesday, December 26th for Boxing Day. All other hours during the Christmas season will remain the same.
Please remember that Christmas wrapping paper cannot be placed in the recycling bins. See December's Cornerstone for earth friendly gift wrapping options.
The next regular meetings for Council will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 and Monday, January 8 and 22, 2018 . These meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located in the Municipal Office located at 330 Hwy 595.
The skating rink is now open for use. Thank you to Fire Chief Henry Mattas and volunteer Elwood Pettit for flooding the rink just in time for the holiday break. Thank you to all the volunteers that have been clearing the snow from the rink. For anyone else that would be willing to volunteer to clear the rink, please contact the Township Office at 476-1451. Happy skating!
Fire Department News
Fire permits are not required for burning during the months of November to March
During the fire season which runs April 1st - October 31st, permits are available at the O'Connor Municipal Office.
Congratulations to our Lucky Winners of the Fire Department Auxiliary's recent raffle. Draw held on October 21, 2017.
1st Prize - Two tickets anywhere West Jet flies - Shawn and Lee Ann Nygard
2nd Prize - OpenBay Lodge ice fishing weekend for two plus $100 Metro voucher (Lac Des Mille Lacs, ) - Cleo Wolsiffer
3rd Prize - Overnight stay at NorWester Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Centre including breakfast - Sharon Doromko
Lottery Licence #M709282.
Thank you to everyone who supported the O'Connor Fire Department, First Response and Auxiliary !!
O'Connor Township News
Food Strategy Presented to Local Councils!
After a year in development, the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy was presented to local councils over the months of June and July, 2014. To date, the City of Thunder Bay, Oliver Paipoonge, and O'Connor have passed resolutions in support of the project.
What is a Food Strategy?
The Food Strategy is a strategic action plan to carry forward the principles engrained in the Thunder Bay Food Charter. The Food Charter was a community-led effort that laid out the principles of a healthy and sustainable food system—principles such as access to healthy food for all, preserving and maintaining local waters and agricultural lands, and encouraging regional and local food self-reliance.
As with the Charter, the Food Strategy is a community-led approach to defining issues and crafting solutions. The Food Strategy was developed through numerous rounds of consultation, including Food Summits, seminars, workshops, surveys, focus groups, and an Open House. Over four hundred people provided input into the development of the Food Strategy. The Food Strategy has aimed to bring together leaders from various sectors so that issues can be understood and addressed in a holistic way.
The Food Strategy is organized around seven pillars. The seven pillars, or, strategic action areas, were decided by community leadership at a Food Summit in 2013. The seven pillars are: Food Access, Forest and Freshwater Foods, Food Infrastructure, Food Procurement, Food Production, School Food Environments, and Urban Agriculture. You can read about the pillars by downloading the Food Strategy documet, available at tbfoodstrategy.ca
Thunder Bay and Area is one of sixty-four local and regional municipalities in Canada that are undertaking initiatives to improve their local food system.
The Food Strategy builds on the Thunder Bay Food Charter, which was adopted by Thunder Bay City Council in 2008, in addition to 33 other local municipalities, organizations and businesses. The Food Charter is based on a commitment to community food security, whcih integrates economic, social justice, health, cultural, and environmental considerations.
At a Food Summit in 2012, community leaders identified the need to develop a strategic action plan--a Food Strategy--to realize the vision described in the Food Charter of creating a healthy and sustainable food system for Thunder Bay and Area.
In April 2013 the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded three years of funding to support the development of a Food Strategy for the City of Thunder Bay and Area.
With the Food Strategy now created, the project will move forward with an implementation plan, which will be developed in consultation with various community leaders and sector representatives.
Communities across the region will benefit from a more coordinated approach to the food system and the result will be a stronger local economy, greater environmental sustainability, and a more vibrant, colourful and inclusive community, both physically and socially.
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.
ONTARIO 150 COMMUNITY CAPITAL PROGRAM GRANT
March 1, 2017 - Ontario is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a province by improving and renovating over 200 sports facilities, parks, seniors centres, and other community spaces, bringing positive changes to communities and families across the province. The Township of O’Connor would like to announce that our application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation ( OTF ) Ontario 150 Community Capital Program grant has been approved and we will be receiving $34,500.00 to upgrade the HVAC system and make other interior upgrades to the O’ Connor Community Centre. This will include air conditioning in the centre.
Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this opportunity.
Update July 10, 2017 - A public announcement of this funding was made at the O'Connor Community Club's annual Strawberry Festival held on July 8, 2017 in the O'Connor Community Centre. A banner and plaque, also announcing this funding, are being displayed in the Centre as well.
Update September 30, 2017 - The Township would like to announce that the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program Grant renovations are complete. The O'Connor Community Centre now has new energy efficient propane furnaces and air conditioning, new washroom partitions have been installed in the basement washrooms and the storage room has been repainted and new shelving installed, along with better air circulation. Thank you to the Ontario 150 Community Capital Program Grant once again for this opportunity to continue to approve our O'Connor Community Centre and make it a more inviting public space to come to for all social events, both public or private in our community.
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.
- 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
You are invited to participate and provide input on the Township of O’Connor’s Draft Official Plan and Zoning By-law
March 13, 2017 - Ministry comments have arrived on the draft Official Plan and are currently being considered by Council. The review began at the March 13, 2017 Council meeting and will continue at the March 27, 2017 meeting.
November 9, 2016- The draft Official Plan for the Township of O'Connor was submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for a One-Window Review.
OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW
The Township of O’Connor invites you to become engaged in planning for the Township’s future. On June 25, 2016 the Township hosted an Public Open House 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 apply to the entire municipality.
The Open House was the first public consultation event of the review process, however 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 807-476-1451.
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 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