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, 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 Monday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Opening at 1 p.m.

The office will also be closed on Monday, May 21st,  2018 for Victoria Day.

 

O'Connor Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

2018 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day banner

On Saturday, May 5, 2018 the Township will be hosting a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day at the O'Connor Community Centre, 330 Highway 595.  For more information please click on the following link for more information.

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Poster

Disposal Site

PLEASE NOTE: the Disposal site switches to Summer hours effective April 1st.  The site will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please be sure to bring your disposal site card with you when visiting the site.  We have a new casual disposal site caretaker and if he doesn't know you, you may be turned away without it!

Council Meeting

The next regular meetings for Council will be held on  Monday,  April 23,  2018 and  Monday, May 14 and 28, 2018.  These meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers located in the Municipal Office located at 330 Hwy 595.

Budget Meeting dates have been set - Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 7 p.m. for Fire Department and Roads Department budget.  Main budget meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.  These meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.

Councillor Chantal Alkins has submitted her resignation and have Council accepted it on Monday, April 9, 2018 at their Council Meeting.  Council and staff would like to thank Ms. Alkins for her dedication and time spent on Council for the past two years and wish her well in her future endeavours.

Council will be appointing a replacement at their April 23, 2018 Council meeting.

Load Restrictions in Effect (Half Loads)

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 load restrictions will be applied to all municipal roads within the Township of O’Connor and will continue during the period designated by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).  The Township of O’Connor reserves the right to extend the load restrictions due to the weather and/or road condition after the MTO has lifted their restrictions.  MTO has also placed load restrictions on Hwy 595 & 588.

Fire Department News

Fire permits are required for burning during starting April 1st and may be picked up at the O'Connor Municipal Office during regular office hours or from Fire Chief Henry Mattas, but please call first to ensure he is available - 628-3523.

Permits are required during the fire season which runs April 1st - October 31st,

 

O'Connor Township News

Food Strategy Connecting Food and Community

Uncategorized / December 14, 2017

Thunder Bay and Area Food and Agriculture Market Study: What is it?

The Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is excited to be carrying out a major Priority Project of our 2015 Implementation PlanThe Thunder Bay Food and Agriculture Market Study.  With the support of 13 local agricultural associations and economic development organizations, the market study will provide a comprehensive picture of the local food economy in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area.   The Food Strategy Coordinator spoke with CBC's Lisa Laco about the purpose and goals of the study.  Listen here.

Currently, there is a critical shortage of information regarding the agri-food sector within the Thunder Bay area.  A number of major studies have certainly provided a broad picture of agriculture in Northwestern Ontario and have demonstrated the importance of the agriculture sector for the regional economy.  However, while our community has information regarding the importance of agriculture as an economic driver, there is little information that would assist in the growth of agricultural businesses.

The Market Study will fill the gap left by insufficient information by producing a detailed analysis of Thunder Bay’s food economy.   Specifically, the market study will discover the demand for locally grown and processed food by sector.  Research will be conducted on the size of the existing market as well as the types and volumes of locally grown food being processed and purchased.  Additionally, the market study will determine critical price points, general purchasing habits and preferences, and the overall patterns of consumption.  Further, the market study will seek to determine the interest in and capacity for procuring more locally grown and processed foods.  The market study will conduct research by sector to give a more context-specific overview of the local food system.

The results of the study won’t only provide a greater understanding of the demand for local food in Thunder Bay, but they will also provide insight into opportunities for supplying the local market.  The gathered information will enable farmers and other food businesses to act on locally relevant information to create strategies for expansion, better plan for future growing seasons, strategically construct business plans, and connect with other food businesses to better supply market demand and develop efficiencies.  Furthermore, banks can make use of the data to issue loans, government officials can better understand and support local businesses, farmers can plan their crops for future growing seasons, and economic development organizations can better target funding opportunities and effectively evaluate business proposals.  In the long term, the market study is expected to support local job creation and retention while boosting economic activity within the agri-food sector through the expansion of current farming and processing businesses and the development of new businesses to fill gaps in the market.

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy needs your participation in the survey (link below) to gather ideas from Thunder Bay residents and surrounding municipalities on developing a Northwestern Ontario Regional Food Charter.

Please take 15 minutes of your time to help us better understand what is important to you in building a regional food charter that can provide the vision and direction towards ensuring a vibrant and resilient local food system that respects culturally appropriate foods and enhances communities, local economies and the environment.

Researchers at Lakehead University are working with Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op and their community partners including the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy to ensure we have broad participation in viewpoints on a Northwestern Ontario Regional Food Charter. We invite your participation along with ALL residents of Northwestern Ontario. Please share the link to this survey with others.

Responses to this survey are confidential. The name of your community will be made public in the study, but specific comments will not be connected to you when the data is summarized. There are no anticipated risks from filling out the survey, but lots of potential benefits in you adding your voice to the content of a Regional Food Charter. As you fill out this survey, keep in mind that you do not have to answer any question you are uncomfortable with and you are free to withdraw from the survey at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ashley Boudreau at aboudrea@lakeheadu.ca.

You may also contact my co-research supervisors Dr. Connie Nelson at cnelson@lakeheadu.ca or by phone at (807) 627-1721 and Dr. Charles Levkoe at clevkoe@lakeheadu.ca or by phone at (807) 346-7954.

This research has been approved by the Lakehead University Research Ethics Board.  If you have any questions related to the ethics of the research and would like to speak to someone outside of the research team, please contact Sue Wright at the Research Ethics Board at 343-8283 or swright@lakeheadu.ca.

Thank you in advance for ensuring all residents of Northwestern Ontario have a chance to share their viewpoints on the content of a Regional Food Charter.

Click here to proceed Regionalfoodcharter or cut and paste the following address into your web browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Regionalfoodcharter

 

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.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Ontario 150 Community Capital Program

Township News / October 1, 2017

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.

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

DRAFT OFFICIAL PLAN AND ZONING BY-LAW

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

A Special Meeting has been set for Monday April 9, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the O'Connor Community Centre - 330 Highway 595 for the Draft Official Plan.  This meeting is open to the public to make comment on the Draft Official Plan - Click on the link -" Special Meeting of Council -Notice - Apr 9, 2018"  for more information or call the Township office at (807)476-1451. 

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 twpoconn@tbaytel.net or 807-476-1451.

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.

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.